The trou­ble with night­time is that all the prob­lems from day­light hours have a hor­ri­ble habit of spi­ral­ing out of con­trol af­ter dark. But re­lax—there are proven ways to stop those bed­time vis­its from the anx­i­ety fairy.

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It’s been a long, tir­ing day, and you’re feel­ing shat­tered. Fi­nally, you crawl into bed, phys­i­cally ex­hausted and ready for a good night’s sleep…only to find your mind has other ideas. In­stead of drift­ing off into weight­less slum­ber, your brain fires up, your pulse quick­ens, and your head be­comes crowded with end­less wor­ries you thought had been parked for the day. “Around eighty per­cent of peo­ple say their wor­ries whirl­wind out of con­trol at night,” says Nicky Lid­bet­ter, chief ex­ec­u­tive of sup­port group Anx­i­ety U.K. “With stress, we tend to worry about a spe­cific, tan­gi­ble prob­lem. But with anx­i­ety, we’re less aware of what we’re wor­ry­ing about, so our re­ac­tion be­comes the prob­lem, and we start feel­ing anx­ious about be­ing anx­ious.”

And even if we do ini­tially drop off, those wor­ries can still crowd in if we wake up dur­ing the night. “The clas­sic time to wake up seems to be be­tween 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.,” adds Ne­rina Ram­lakhan PH.D., au­thor of Fast Asleep, Wide Awake. “Sud­denly, your brain starts to be­come very ac­tive, and prob­lems that may well be solv­able dur­ing the day be­come huge wor­ries at night—made worse by the fact you can’t sort them out there and then.”

Here’s what to do when your body says sleep but your mind’s not lis­ten­ing.

Med­i­tat­ing a few min­utes be­fore bed­time can re­lax your mind and help you sleep bet­ter.

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