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How to get a better night’s sleep

There are a few things that help all of us get a better night’s sleep.

  • Stick to a sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day – even on your days off – so you get 7-8 hours each night.
  • Prepare yourself for sleep.  Caffeine (found in coffee, many teas, chocolate, pop, and energy drinks), nicotine in tobacco, and alcohol can all disrupt your sleep. Cut down, or eliminate them entirely in the evening.
  • Wind down with a bedtime routine.  A warm bath or shower, a cup of herbal tea or hot milk, and a good book can help you get in the mood for sleep.
  • Get electronics out of the bedroom.  Telephones, televisions, Blackberries, computers, and Game Boys tempt us, and our children, to stay up later and later. If you have trouble sleeping, you may want to reserve your bedroom for the two great pleasures in life: sleep and sex!
  • Create a comfortable sleep environment.  A dark, quiet, cool room works best for most people.

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