Sweet Dreams: Best Practices for a Better Night's Sleep

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Aaah Sleep! It's something most of us just do not get enough of. If you're having trouble getting a good shut-eye and staying asleep through the night, here are a few simple tips to try before you hit the pillow tonight.

  1. turn off computers, tvs and don't look at your cell phone 30 minutes prior to bedtime. Staring at light from electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle
  2. don't go to bed on a full stomach
  3. wash your sheets - it's easier to fall asleep in a clean and comfortable bed
  4. maintain a regular exercise regime
  5. don't drink coffee after 2 pm
  6. limit beverage consumption before bed
  7. take a power nap during the day (if you can)
  8. keep your bedroom dark and quiet
  9. spray your pillow with lavender and camomile scents 
  10. 10-15 minutes of meditation
  11. stretching before bedtime helps you relax and prepare for sleep
  12. honey, vanilla, and nuts all contain compounds to help induce sleep

Watch this video featuring Dr. Joel Kahn, a cardiologist who suggests getting a blue light to help you sleep better. 

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/23761716/blue-free-lightbulbs-help-you-get-better-sleep

April 13, 2015 by Mariko Crane
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