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Tips for a Good Night's Rest

  • Sleep as much as you need to feel rested the next day.
  • Use your bed for sleep and intimacy only.
  • Maintain a regular rising time, even on weekends, if possible.
  • Have some down time before going to bed to let yourself "unwind."
  • Regular exercise will improve sleep. Avoid strenuous exercise 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.
  • While a light snack can promote sleep, avoid large meals before bedtime.
  • Minimize light, noise, and extremes in temperature in the bedroom.
  • Avoid napping if you are having difficulty sleeping at night.
  • Stop trying to solve the problems of the world!

Information courtesy of St. Mary's Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center. Call them at (218) 786-4692 for more information.

Also, check out The National Sleep Foundation's Web site, which covers sleep topics from "A to Zzzzs" and includes quizzes, 3-D animations, and free e-cards.

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