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Healthy Resolution: Turn Off Electronics For Better Sleep

The Bad Habit to Stop Now For Better Sleep Tonight

Sleep: we all do it, but more than 40 percent of us don't do it well. With that dismal record, there's a good chance you've made up your mind to sleep better in the new year. An easy way to make 2013 your most well-rested year yet? Make small changes to your prebedtime routine to prep for better Zs.

First up, turn off all those electronics at least 20 minutes before bedtime. The blue light emitting from your iPad and television, even a bright digital alarm clock, can disrupt your circadian and melatonin rhythms and make your body think it's still daytime. This can lead to a restless night of tossing and turning — exactly what you don't need when you've got a full day ahead of you. Instead, reach for a book, an ereader with e-ink, or a journal while listening to soothing music (like this 40-minute playlist to help you drift to sleep). A tech-free prebedtime routine will help you wind down and prep you for a restful night of sleep.

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