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Sleeping Smarter

Posted by medliorator on April 11, 2008

10. Reduce Screen Time Before Bed
A recent study shows that people who consume electronic media …before bedtime report lower-quality sleep even when they get as much sleep as non-pre-bedtime screenheads… The exposure to light stimulates the brain and creates a false alertness and stimulation.

9. Exercise to Enhance Sleep
make sure you exercise in the morning or afternoon, not at night… A 2003 study found that a morning fitness regime was key to a better snooze. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center concluded that postmenopausal women who exercised 30 minutes every morning had less trouble falling asleep than those who were less active. The women who worked out in the evening hours saw little or no improvement in their sleep patterns.

8. Eat to Enhance Sleep
warm milk, chamomile tea and turkey… Yahoo Food lists others, like bananas, potatoes, oatmeal and whole-wheat bread. You find yourself fighting off afternoon droopy eyelids at the office? Here are some pointers on eating a less nap-inducing lunch.

Top 10 Ways to Sleep Smarter and Better [Lifehacker]

Correlate: Power Napping – Points to Remember

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