Paradoxical intention showed promise relieving insomnia in a 14-day trial, reports New York Magazine.

University of Glasgow researchers recruited 34 people with a history of insomnia for their research project and instructed one group to sleep, or try to, as they normally did. The other group was instructed to try to stay awake as long as they could; they were to lie in bed, eyes open (though they were allowed to blink). The catch: All they could do was lie there — they were told not to move around or get up or watch TV or use a computer.