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April 11, 2013

FITNESS SOURCE: Exercise, proper diet key to falling asleep at night

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And, Myers said those missed hours of sleep can become apparent in the workplace. She said studies suggests people without adequate sleep show 20 to 30 percent more errors while on the clock and a 14 percent increase in the time it takes to complete work-related tasks.

Even further, Myers said, without proper sleep, a person can show signs of depression and irritability, which can affect relationships at work.

“You are talking about interpersonal relationships, which are so important to us,” Myers said. “Especially, if you are regularly interacting with the public while at work.”

Although Myers showed that there are nearly countless threats to a person’s health, relationships and general well being, without proper amounts of sleep, good news awaits those tired eyes.

She also said there are a plethora of simple steps that can be taken to help almost anyone get the recommended amount of sleep.

And to little surprise, Myers’ suggestions to getting a good night’s rest are some of the same principles of good health.

Exercise, limited consumption of processed foods and exposure to sunshine, were among the doctor’s orders.

“Exercise is the most beneficial,” Myers said of helping your body ease into sleep at the end of the day.

And, extensive physical routines are not required. She said mild routines such as stretching, meditation and self hypnosis can all make sleep easier.

She said reducing the intake of chemicals included in processed foods and curtailing the use of refined sugar will also allow a person to drift off to sleep with less difficulty.

There are also virtually effortless habits people can include in their daily lives to help send them into dreamland, such as cutting down the stimuli when and where they decide to hit the pillow.

Myers said for some people the popularity of electronic devices has led to even fewer hours of quality sleep.

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