Tag: Relaxation
Counting Sheep is a Myth
May 13, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Counting sheep is a mental exercise used in some cultures as a means to get to sleep. The majority of depictions of this is a person imagining an infinite series of white identical sheep that, one by one, jump over a fence while the person counts them. The truth is, counting sheep is rarely used as a trick to get to sleep. In fact, an experiment developed by Oxford University, proved that people who imagine a sandy beach or a waterfall fell asleep faster tan those who counted sheep. But the idea is the same: occupying the mind with something simple, repetitive and rhythmic to help get to sleep. Now that we know that counting sheep is more a stereotype tan anything else, what other tricks can we use to get our children to sleep?  Here are some new clues and advice.