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20 things you should not do before you go to bed

Some 41 million US adults are sleeping just six hours or less each night, putting them at risk of adverse health effects (such as heart disease and obesity) and potentially fatal drowsy driving linked to lack of sleep. Sleep is essential to your health and overall wellbeing.

This list at www.theactivetimes.com highlights 20 things that could negatively affect you getting a good night’s sleep: from eating spicy food, to exercise, watching ‘stressful’ TV programs to smoking. Some are quite surprising, some not so, but aside from what you shouldn’t do, here are some ideas on how to ensure you do get a good night’s sleep. These include: reducing your caffeine intake, keeping the same bedtime schedule, meditation, taking a warm bath, and smelling some sleep-inducing herbs. Always make sure to cover your windows for darkness, keep your room temperature cool, and remove electrical devices away from your head as well.

According to a recent study by the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers (14-17) should get 8-10 hours of sleep per night, young adults (18-25) and adults (26-64) should get 7-9 hours and older adults (65+) should get 7-8 hours. For more info: www.theactivetimes.com

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