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3 Ways to Make Over Your Sleep

Are you getting the best sleep possible? If you just answered a bleary-eyed "No," chances are your sleep patterns need a makeover. Find out three ways to revamp your sleep and wake up rested.

Limit distractions: Light emanating from your TV or iPad before you go to bed, noisy neighbors, or a never-ending stream of cars outside your window can all take away from quality sleep. Make sure you keep distractions to a minimum by powering down at least 20 minutes before bedtime — otherwise you may be so wired it'll take even longer for you to fall asleep. If outside distractions are the source of your wide-eyed nights, try a white noise machine (or a white noise app like Simply Noise [$1] on your iPhone).

Read on for two more ways to make over your sleep for a better night's rest after the break.

Assess your sleeping patterns: Whether you're a side sleeper or can't slumber unless you're on your back, knowing which way your body feels most comfortable when it's bedtime can make or break your sleep quality. If you're not feeling so hot when morning rolls around, you may not be sleeping in the best position for your body. Find out what your sleeping position is doing to your health here.

Time for an upgrade: How long have you had your mattress? An old, sagging mattress can lead to waking up with aches and pains, restless sleep, and allergy-induced sneezes, so if you've been waking up more tired than well-rested, take a look at your bedding. Read more about how to know if it's time to buy a new mattress here.

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