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Health Tip: Wake Up More Refreshed

Ideas for better quality sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Having trouble waking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? An irregular schedule, holidays, vacations and more can make it tough to get up with the alarm.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests:

  • Go to bed earlier. Adjust bedtime by 15-minute increments each night until you're at the time you want.
  • As bedtime nears, turn off bright overhead lights and avoid TVs, computers and smart phones.
  • As soon as you wake up, open the curtains to let in sunlight. If it's still dark, turn on lights to help your body wake.
  • Don't let yourself sleep in too late on weekends. If you want to indulge a bit, make wake time an hour later than usual.

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