11/13/2014 05:15 pm ET Updated Nov 13, 2014

Stressed About Your Sleep? This Perspective Could Help

If you're like 48 percent of Americans, you're familiar with insomnia: the tossing and turning, the racing thoughts, the anxiety over how tired you'll be the next day.

But this video from The School Of Life, a London-based organization that offers classes and services related to emotional intelligence, offers a thought-provoking perspective. They suggest we give in to the occasional restless night -- and claim it can be a “form of revenge for all the many ideas we pushed away or could not entertain during the day, but that matter intensely.”

The word "revenge" may be a little harsh, but nighttime thinking can have some serious benefits. Researchers from Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan found that "night owls" may be better at coming up with creative solutions to problems than morning people.

Still, not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to health and happiness, and insomnia can be the result of underlying health problems. Finding a cure is important.

But if you do find yourself stuck with unwelcome anxious thoughts at night, try starting a worry journal. Jotting down your worries as they come to you -- or taking some time before bed to do so -- can get those thoughts out of your mind before your head hits the pillow.

Scheduling some wind-down time can also be crucial to a good night's rest.

"We are so busy nowadays that there's just not enough time in the day to get everything done. As a result, many people are working (housework, schoolwork, job tasks, managing finances) up until bedtime," Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy.D. wrote for YouBeauty.com. "The problem with this is that sleep isn't simply an on/off switch. We need to unwind and dim our mind in order to set the stage for sleep. Allow for at least an hour before bedtime to be protected, relaxing, wind-down time. This can help create closure for the day and allow your brain to begin the process of shutting off."



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