Bedtime Behaviors That Work: 7 Habits That Will Prepare Your Body for Sleep

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5. Shut down electronics

You may find it relaxing to catch up on correspondence with friends just before turning in for the night, but the practice may be increasing the amount of time you toss and turn. Lit screens are stimulating says Walsleben (that includes televisions too), so it’s best to avoid them. “Before your targeted bedtime, begin slowing down your brain by doing something calming, like reading in a comfy chair—somewhere other than bed,” she says. “Stop watching TV and checking email.”

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