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Seven Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep

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Having a hard time getting a good night's sleep? Making some lifestyle changes can make it easier for you to fall and stay asleep.

1. Daily Exercise

Being active during the day can make it easier for you to fall asleep at night. Joanna Saisan, MSW, Robert Segal, MA, and Suzanne Barston, authors of the article “Tips for Getting Better Sleep: How to Sleep Well Every Night,” suggest getting twenty to thirty minutes every day. If you are not a fan of the gym, you can do simple activities at home, like taking a walk. If you are interested in joining a gym, try going with a friend who already has a gym membership: some gyms allow members to bring a guest, so it will give you an opportunity to see if the gym is right for you before you sign up. Also, going with someone else can keep you motivated.

2. Readjust Your Schedule

Take a look at your daily schedule: do you find yourself staying up late at night? Too many late nights can make it difficult to have a normal sleep schedule. The circadian rhythm is linked to the light-dark cycle: it tells your body to sleep when it is dark and to wake when it is light.

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