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Counting sheep will not help you sleep

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.020353a (Published 01 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:020353a
  1. Samena Chaudhry1
  1. 1Birmingham

Counting sheep is a useless way of dropping off to sleep, scientists have found. Instead, you should have been dreaming up a mental image of somewhere relaxing, such as a waterfall or a holiday.

Sleep researchers at Oxford University found that among a group of 50 people with insomnia those who were told to …

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