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Myth Buster: Trying to Fall Asleep

[PURPLE_TEXT_BOLD {What you've heard:}] Even if you can't fall asleep, stay in bed.

[PURPLE_TEXT_BOLD {The truth:}] Lying awake in the dark while the clock ticks away can make you more anxious and less likely to doze. If you're tossing and turning for more than 30 minutes, it's best to get out of bed and distract yourself with a non-stimulating activity  -- reading on the couch, say  -- until you feel sleepy, says Andrew Krystal, M.D., director of the Sleep Research Laboratory and Insomnia Clinic at Duke University Medical Center.