11/15/2011 09:02 am ET | Updated Nov 16, 2011

What Do You Do When You Can't Fall Asleep?

Each week, more than half of Americans spend a few nights struggling to fall asleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. And as we all know by now, skipping out on shuteye can have serious health consequences, from weight gain and heart trouble to decreased concentration and daytime drowsiness.

But sometimes, despite our best efforts, sleep doesn't come naturally -- so we asked a handful of HuffPost editors to tell us their go-to tactics (healthy and unhealthy in the interest of full disclosure). Then, we asked Dr. Michael Decker, Ph.D., an associate professor at Georgia State University and spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, to rate how healthy and effective each strategy is.

If sleep trouble persists for more than a month, Dr. Decker suggests speaking with a doctor. And check out tested ways to beat insomnia in the related slideshow below.


Rules For A Better Night's Sleep