2. Acknowledge the absurd
When you suddenly start to stress about wrecking your car on the way to work tomorrow—because at midnight that suddenly seems like a very real possibility—keep telling yourself that it’s just a story, says Pike. When you label it that way in your mind, your brain processes the information as something that isn’t real. When the scenario doesn’t feel like reality, it allows your body to relax, your heart rate to slow, and for you to doze off.