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Do some sleep testing

Did you know nearly half of all Americans aren’t getting a good night’s sleep?

Yet, a good night’s sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet.

Research shows that poor sleep has immediate negative effects on everything from our natural hormones to every day performance to overall brain function.

Simply put – sleep affects everything in our lives. That’s why we do it every day and for so many hours.

Today, figure out what’s working and not working in your sleep pattern.

Do you wake up at the same time every night? Does your neck hurt from the wrong pillow support? Are you leaving the television on too loud to fall into a deep slumber?

So many elements affect our sleep and sometimes we’ve become so used to them that we compromise a restful sleep to make up for it.

There’s the obvious – don’t use a cell phone right before bed, don’t drink caffeine late in the day.

And then there’s the specific – determining what type of pillow and mattress are right for your sleeping style, assessing how to fall asleep if your spouse snores, and even figuring out what the optimal temperature is for you to get a restful sleep.

So, tonight start paying attention. Over the next few nights, test some things out. How far away does your phone have to be to stop using it? Can you read a book instead of turning on the TV? Is it 70 or 72 degrees that you sleep best in?

Try to take a few notes at night and in the morning so you can track the difference.

The truth is, the answers to these questions could affect your whole day.

Source: Benefits of Sleep

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