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20 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Learn how to get a better night's sleep with these 20 tips for sleep.


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"All that I learned from this article was that the author may be suffering from sleep deprivation-or bad writing..These are facts-not "tips"!! "

Tip 16. Habitually skimping on sleep may increase your risk for heart disease. In one study, researchers observed elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—an indicator of heart disease—in women who slept 5 or fewer hours compared to those who slept 9 or more hours.

Tip 17. With prolonged sleep deprivation, hallucinations may develop. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, sleep allows the neurons you use while you’re awake a chance to shut down and repair themselves. Without sleep, neurons may become so impaired that they begin to malfunction.

Tip 18. Vitamin B6 is needed to make melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness, according to an article published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Tip 19. In a small study, melatonin-rich tart cherry juice was shown to aid sleep. When adults with chronic insomnia drank a cup of tart cherry juice twice a day they experienced some relief in the severity of their insomnia.

Tip 20. A deficiency of calcium (found in dairy products, kale, broccoli) may make it difficult to fall asleep; consuming too little magnesium (found in whole grains and nuts) may make it harder to stay asleep, reported the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.



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