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    25 Effective Tips For A Better Night's Sleep

    You don't have to be a chronic insomniac to feel the effects that stress can have on your sleeping pattern. If you can't remember the last time you woke up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, it's time to make some pro-active lifestyle changes.

    1. While trying to fall asleep, think in images, not in words.

    2. Instead of stressing out about not falling asleep, make relaxation the goal.

    3. Make a to-do list the night before to free your mind of upcoming tasks.

    4. Breathe through your nose.

    5. Use the SleepCycle app as your alarm clock.

    6. Go to the website and determine the right bedtime.

    7. Once you've found your perfect bed time, keep a regular sleep schedule.

    8. Eat breakfast within one hour of waking.

    9. Use a program like Fl.ux to reduce the blue light emitting from your computer and smartphone.

    10. Wear BluBlocker sunglasses if you're going to use the computer or watch TV.

    11. If you MUST watch television, put on a very familiar show or movie. Watch three minutes of it and then turn away.

    12. Turn on white noise if you're a light sleeper, or turn on a fan.

    13. Or try Pzizz.

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    It's a special soundtrack of dual tones designed to help you get to sleep instantly. People swear by it.

    14. Invest in a pair of noise-canceling headphones.

    15. The best room temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 68 degrees.

    16. Take a hot bath or shower before bed.

    17. Take the stairs.

    18. Don't exercise within 3 hours of bedtime.

    19. Eat a light, early dinner, and then a 150-calorie low-carb snack before bedtime.

    20. Wear a sleep mask.

    21. Essential oils like peppermint and chamomile are calming and relaxing.

    22. Downgrade to half-caf.

    23. Maintain a nightly routine.

    24. Learn a few bedtime yoga stretches.

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    You can do this whole series while lying in bed. Not only should you be doing this before bedtime, but it's a great thing to do after you've been tossing and turning for awhile. Instead of just lying awake, you're working on calming your body and regulating the breath.

    25. If you still can't get to sleep after lying awake for 30 minutes, indulge in some low-light reading until you feel tired again.

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