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Want Better Rest? Try These Tips

Rest is as important as physical activity for general health. Identify periods during the day when you can be without stimulation, doing nothing, and make time for them. Consider the following when planning rest into your schedule:

  1. Try to get into the habit of napping 10 to 20 minutes in the afternoon, preferably lying down in a darkened room.
  2. Spend some time outdoors as often as you can to get exposure to bright, natural light. If you are concerned about harmful effects of solar radiation, do it before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m. or use sunscreen.
  3. Try to give yourself about an hour in dim light before you go to sleep at night. Lower the lighting in your house and bedroom. This includes exposure to computer, phone and tablet screens. If other members of the household object, wear sunglasses.

  4.  Pay attention to sleep hygiene. All the details of lifestyle, including intake of caffeine, quality and comfort of your mattress, and bedroom design affect the quality of sleep. When you are ready to go to sleep, try to keep your bedroom completely dark.

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