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If all you’re dreaming of is a good night’s sleep, you’re not alone.  Lack of sleep can take a massive toll on our mental and physical health.  The following tips will help increase your much needed shut-eye:

  1. Keep it Regular - Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.  If you get poor sleep one night, don’t have a nap as it will affect your internal clock.

  2. It's a No-Glo - Hide all light no matter how faint.  Turn your alarm clock around as clock watching is a sure way to psyche yourself out of sleep.

  3. Chill Out & Warm Up - Keep the bedroom temperature cool and wear socks to bed to help your body evenly transfer heat to the extremities.

  4. Day Light, Day Bright - Take in all the daylight you can as it changes the melatonin levels in your body which causes you to sleep better when darkness falls.

  5. Stay Fit - Exercising early in the day can help you sleep better but avoid it late at night.  Ease muscle tension with some light, relaxing stretches before hitting the sack.

  6. No Worries - Write a to-do list before going to bed in order to flush out your thoughts and worries.  Keep a pen and paper beside your bed just in case your mind starts racing.

Lack of sleep can contribute to major physical and emotional health problems so it's important to consistently practice positive sleep habits.  The suggestions above will help you peacefully drift off to sleep each night so you'll be much more energetic and productive throughout the day.  Sweet dreams!

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