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April 11, 2013

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

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“All of our wireless equipment has impaired our ability to get deep, restful sleep,” Myers said. “Turn off all devices at night.”

She said something presumably benign as a blinking light on a charging cell phone or other devices can be enough of a stimulus to deter someone from easily falling asleep.

Creating an optimum sleeping environment can also keep a few dollars in your pocket.

Myers said by setting your home’s thermostat between 60 and 66 degrees creates the best temperature to prepare your body for sleep.

Myers said for those with a full schedule throughout the day, a 20-minute “power nap” can also be a valuable option.

“The evidence supporting the benefits of power napping is really clear,” Myers said, adding that the brief sleep can act as a reset to reinvigorate energy levels.

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