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Get-Fit Tip: Nix the Nightcap For Better Sleep

If you can't seem to get a quality night of sleep, then a prebedtime relaxation routine is in order. But while you should memorize these de-stressing bedtime yoga poses, one thing you shouldn't do is reach for a glass of wine in an attempt to help you relax.

The idea that having a nightcap before bed will help you sleep is a myth; while it may help you doze off in the short term, too much alcohol too close to your bedtime actually disrupts your sleep cycle, leading to a restless night. Instead of alcohol, wind down with a cozy mug of herbal tea, or drink tart cherry juice; it contains melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your body's circadian rhythm to help you sleep.

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