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Kendra Cherry

How to Get A Good Night's Sleep

By July 23, 2010

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I've always had a bit of a problem with insomnia, so I was excited when I spotted some great tips and ideas on how to get a better night's sleep in a recent issue of the About Today Newsletter (a free daily newsletter featuring the best from around About.com).

Tips for getting a good night's sleep.
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According to one poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 29% of participants reported becoming very sleepy or even falling asleep at work during the prior month. While an estimated 50 millions U.S. adults suffer from chronic sleep problems, the foundation reports that approximately 63% of respondents simply accept sleep deprivation as a part of their life, while 32% turn to caffeinated drinks to combat their daytime sleepiness.

Of course, you probably already know that there are plenty of great reasons why you should get a good night's sleep. Recent research has linked lack of sleep to a wide range of ailments, including memory problems and obesity.

If you've been struggling with poor sleep habits or insomnia, be sure to check out these ten tips for getting a good night's sleep from Mark Stibich, Ph.D., About.com's Guide to Longevity. I've been putting many of these suggestions into practice over the past few weeks, including avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and keeping a regular sleep schedule, and I've definitely seen some improvements.

For a few tips on the things you should avoid, be sure to read this great article from Brandon Peters, M.D., About.com's Guide to Sleep Disorders, that describes the ten worst ways you can ruin a good night's sleep. Eating too much before bedtime, taking too many naps during the day and exercising in the late evening are all common culprits.

If you've tried resolving your sleep problems and are still struggling to get some rest, it is important to get to the bottom of why you can't sleep. Consult your doctor to learn if a sleep disorder might be to blame.

Do you have any great tips for getting a good night's sleep? Be sure to share your ideas with our readers in the comments section below.

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October 29, 2010 at 10:25 am
(1) sleep@sleepmasters says:

Another tip for getting a good night’s sleep is to have your bedroom at a comfortable temperature as this will make falling asleep easier.

November 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm
(2) Bhaskar says:

A few minutes’ meditation before sleep may be helpful for a sound sleep. I want to know your view in this respect.

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