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7 Hidden Ways to Get Better Sleep

Go from Restless to Well-Rested in No Time
-- By Christine Seymour, Health & Fitness Writer

As a college student, I had my fair share of sleepless nights. But as I matured (and learned from the adverse affects I suffered because of those late nights), I began to realize that at the core of a healthy, long life is good sleep. Surprisingly, what we hear about health usually revolves around exercise and nutrition; the truth about sleep-one of the most important factors to attaining vitality-is often left out of the mix.

Losing sleep is certainly not something to be taken lightly. An occasional night of tossing and turning is normal, but continued patterns of this behavior can cause real problems in your ability to function normally. Research shows that inadequate sleep can have disastrous effects on your weight loss efforts, impair your concentration, and even mimic the symptoms of impaired glucose tolerance (which can lead to diabetes and hypertension).

Your mood also suffers when you don't get enough shut-eye, causing you to become disoriented on the job, fatigued behind the wheel of a car, or irritated at home. But more importantly, these mood swings can affect your relationships with others, and even lead to depression.

But the good news is that, starting tonight, you can improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. Here are 7 ways to get back on track. You'll be sleeping like a baby in no time!

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Member Comments About this Article
"Yeah these are all great ideas if you're not waking up several times a night to attend to a you g child waking up or breastfeeding a baby. Not realistic for most moms however" -- BECCANAUSTIN
"I too have trouble sleeping, but mostly because I have low-back pain and end up tossing and turning to get rid of the pain, which ends up causing more pain. I wish someone had added that to the list and offered a suggestion." -- LADYAMOMMY
"These are good tips if...
Your kids sleep through the night...
Your baby hasn't woke up soaked through his diaper...
your not pregnant and have to pee every other hour....
Your sleeping with severe back pain and cannot take any meds because your're pregnant...
Your husband isn't deaf and doesn't wake up and take care of the kids when they wake up at night!
Your husband isn't a loud snorer..
The neighbors big black lab won't stop barking!!!!!!!
This is the boat I'm in. I probably won't s..." -- BABYGALILEE
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