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Sometimes counting sheep isn't enough to help you get to sleep. More than half of Americans say they sleep well only a few nights a week, according to a National Sleep Foundation survey. Prevention magazine has some suggestions on how to get all the Z's you need.
  • Unplug an hour before bed. That includes the television, computer, cell phone and any other glowing tech tools. The brain misreads artificial light as daylight, so it doesn't release melatonin, a sleep-regulating chemical.
  • Meditate or pray for 10 minutes. Several studies show that it can help reduce anxiety, release negative thinking and improve sleep. Sit quietly in a comfortable position and repeat a phrase you find relaxing.
  • Set a bedtime and stick to it. Going to bed at different times throws your body clock out of whack. It's better if you hit the sack at the same time every night and set the alarm for the same time every morning -- even on weekends.
  • Keep the bedroom cool. Exactly how cool depends on your preference, but 65 to 68 degrees usually works. Wear lightweight pajamas and cover up with a sheet instead of a blanket. This will reduce the likelihood of night sweats.


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05/20/2009 7:28AM
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