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Don’t you hate it when you wake up in the middle of the night – your mind starts racing – and you can’t get back to sleep? The next time that happens, try this technique: Go to your mental happy place. Whether it’s a mountain cabin with crickets chirping, or a beach with waves lapping at the shore. Do this… Picture each detail of the scene – from the feel of the sand, to the warmth of the water. Doctors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center developed that technique. And they found that 65% of the patients who used it felt less stressed after 10 minutes. They also took less time to fall asleep, experienced significant improvement in sleep quality, and felt less fatigued the next day.

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