Eureka! I’ve found it. You count sheep, I could BREATHS!
When I cannot sleep, I simply do the 4-4-7. It is easy to remember and it always work for me, but you have to do it 8 consecutive times before it works. This is how to do it:
1. Relax all your muscles, starting from your toes all the way to your scalp.
2. Inhale slowly counting to 4 filling your belly with air.
3. Hold your breath in, count to 4.
4. Exhale slowly counting to 7, emptying your belly from air until your bellybutton sticks to your back.
Repeat at least 8 times. If your mind wanders away, simply bring it back to consciously follow your breath.
That’s the trick. Whether it is sheep or cows or your breath, you need to let you mind focus on one single thing until it relaxes and sleeps.