Busy brain not letting you sleep? 8 experts offer tips

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  • Make a meaningless list, like creating a fantasy music festival lineup
  • Try to force yourself to stay awake instead

Some nights, it's like you can't get your brain to shut up long enough for you to fall asleep.

You're mentally reviewing the day you just completed while also previewing the day ahead; sometimes, your mind may even reach way back into the archives and pull up something embarrassing you did back in high school. So fun!
    Racing thoughts can be a sign of a serious mental health condition like anxiety. But these nights also happen to everyone from time to time -- and once we're too old for bedtime stories, it's not always clear what to do.
      There's no one solution that will work for everybody, of course, so instead, we've rounded up suggestions from eight sleep experts. At the very least, it's something to read next time you can't sleep.

      Distract yourself with meaningless mental lists.