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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.


READER'S COMMENT:
"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"!! "

If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, you’re not alone. Check out these facts and tips for better sleep.

Tip 1. An estimated 50-70 million U.S. adults do not get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Tip 2. When your brain is sleep-deprived, you make more mistakes, your judgment is poorer and you have difficulty making decisions, says a 2011 study in the journal Nature. The reason is “neuron catnaps”: when you are sleepy, some of the cells in your brain that send messages nod off throughout the day as they do during sleep.

Tip 3. If you sleep poorly once or twice a week, you can make up for it. But after more than a few sleepless nights, it becomes harder to “recover” from lost sleep, says new research from Penn State.

Tip 4. Skimping on sleep can compromise your immune system, according to one study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Study participants who got only 4 hours of sleep each night for a week produced half the number of flu-fighting antibodies after being administered a flu vaccine compared to participants who slept for 7½ to 8½ hours each night.

Tip 5. Researchers at Cornell University found that one night of sleep deprivation may cause your skin to lose elasticity, firmness and moisture, and make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. It does this by triggering the immune system to release molecules that make it easier for dirt and UV rays to penetrate your skin.

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