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Seven tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Written by Diane Archer
Seven tips for a good night’s sleep from the National Institutes of Health.
  1. Develop a sleep routine: Set a daily bedtime and wake-up time and stick to it.
  2. Exercise daily:  Even 20 to 30 minutes a day can help you sleep soundly.
  3. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine, especially directly before you go to sleep.
  4. Relax before bedtime: Do something quiet and calming–take a bath, listen to classical music, read a book.
  5. Let the sun wake you up.  Bright sunlight has been shown to reset your biological clock.
  6. Only go to sleep when you’re ready to fall asleep. It can be anxiety-producing and cause insomnia to lay in bed awake trying to sleep if you don’t feel tired.
  7. See a doctor if you continue to struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep at night.  There are effective cures. Here are five proven interventions for sleeplessness or insomnia.

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