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10 Habits for Better Sleep

Create darkness.
Your body is designed to take sleep cues from darkness. So why not help it out by making your space nice and dark? Use thick curtains or shades, cover or hide the clock, and help your brain power down for the night.

Use a noise machine if necessary.
Some noises are soothing, such as the sound of the ocean or the whisper of the wind. But other noises—like loud neighbors or honking cars—can keep you from getting the zzzs you need. Luckily, there are plenty of noise machines on the market that offer a variety of “white noise” options. Even a fan can help drown out unwanted decibels if you’re in a pinch.

Eat on the early side.
Big meals right before bedtime force your body to digest rather than rest, while especially rich or spicy meals may cause sleep-depriving discomfort as they make their way through your stomach. Eat light and on the early side and you’ll ensure your food won’t keep you up.

Avoid alcohol before bed.
Sure, alcohol can make you drowsy and even help you fall asleep. But it also tends to wake you up in the middle of the night, lessening the overall quality of your sleep. Steer clear of libations, or go moderate early in the evening, to increase your chances of solid sleep.

Make sure your bed is comfortable.
If ever there were an investment worth making, it’s a quality mattress and bedding. Yes, these items are expensive. But consider them a preventative medical expense—seriously. A good mattress and comfy sheets and pillows help ensure you get the sleep you need—and all the health benefits that come with it.

 

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5:52AM PDT on May 3, 2013

That picture of the woman sleeping next to the dog is so adorable!

11:44AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Thank you

5:19AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Thanks!

12:13AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

thanks helpful

2:48PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

I work 3rd shift 4 nights a week and have a two year old. Sleep is a distant desire lol

5:58PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

I excercise before and it helps me relax and get all the kinks out

10:35PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Do all that and still have a problem!!!

8:09AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Sleep is a beautiful thing

1:00PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Sending this to my Friend, who has a hard time sleeping... thanks

8:20AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

oh the only time I cannot sleep when my husband snores like a train and he steals the blanket too..I learned to sleep alone in room full of mess...PEACE AT LAST .....OMG!

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