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Meditation can create a sense of deep relaxation, which can help insomniacs get to sleep. A 2009 study led by Ramadevi Gourineni of the insomnia program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Evanston, Ill. showed that meditation improved sleep quality and length of sleep in insomniacs. In the study, participants who received health information and practiced Kriya yoga, a form of meditation, experienced more improvements in sleep quality, how long it took them to fall asleep and how long they slept than participants who received only health education.

Blue light, such as that emitted from computer screens, acts as a trigger that tells the brain to wake up. Turn off computers and eliminate electronic screens from your bedroom to improve sleep quality.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that lying on a spiked acupressure mat can increase blood circulation and endorphin release—and thus lessen insomnia.

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