Is “cognitive shuffling” an option for people with insomnia? Bustle reports:

If you’re like me, you’ve tried everything — melatonin, meditation, white noise, even allergy medicine — but a good night’s sleep always seems just out of reach. But, there is hope. Cognitive scientist Luc Beaudoin of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, may have finally solved the sleep riddle.

Beaudoin’s method, dubbed cognitive shuffling, is designed to to lull the brain into that groggy state that precedes the sleep cycle by asking it to focus on random words and images without making connections between them, according to an article on Quartz. You can practice cognitive shuffling on your own or with the aid of an app.

Adults live in a very ‘left-brain’ world dominated by language and thinking. Young children in contrast spend a lot of time imagining and playing. Of course, adults look at a lot of images — videos, TV, film, photos, and logos. But they tend to do so passively, and usually with lots of chatter (whether it’s vocal or not),” notes Beaudoin’s website.