A Hypnotist's Foolproof Guide to Putting Yourself to Sleep

Ask yourself How do I feel today? And answer honestly: Are you full of energy, or are you feeling just so-so? If you're the latter camp, don't worry, you're not alone: It turns out 30% of Americans are sleep-deprived. According to a 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering 40.6 million of us sleep six or fewer hours a day. And our fast-paced modern lifestyles don’t help matters. We’re so busy during the day that despite feeling physically exhausted by the end of it, our brains are still racing, and it can be hard to switch off. It's incredibly frustrating, and it usually results in a sleepless night of tossing and turning.

So, what's the answer? How do your help your mind and body relax so you can get some well-earned rest? According to Andrew Johnson, the clinical hypnotherapist who created the successful Deep Sleep app (the one app that helps us fall asleep every time), the harder you try to relax, the more you'll end up frustrated. So what do you do? We tapped the sleep guru to discover a few of his relaxation tips and techniques to help you get the best sleep ever.