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Read It and Sleep

March 30, 1998

In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, which starts today, here are some guidelines for getting a better night's (or day's, if you work nights) sleep:

* Go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time.

* Avoid naps.

* Avoid caffeinated drinks (coffees, teas, colas) and foods (chocolate) in the hours preceding bedtime.

* Avoid the regular use of alcoholic beverages to help you sleep.

* Avoid or give up smoking.

* Exercise regularly, but not within three hours of bedtime.

* Use the bed only for sleep and sex.

* Get out of bed if you can't fall asleep within 30 minutes.

Source: National Sleep Foundation: http://www.sleepfoundation.org.

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