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Whether your drug of choice is diet cola, dark chocolate, or skim lattes, it’s time to pull back. Caffeine lingers in your system for up to 12 hours, so that 3 p.m. java can still have a hold on you come bedtime. When coffee cravings hit after noon, reach for a cup of decaf, says Phyllis C. Zee, M.D., Ph.D., the director of the Sleep Disorders Program at Northwestern University. If you’re desperate for an energy boost, try going for a brisk walk around the block instead of drinking that cup of joe.
Whatever your personal trigger, you can put your snoozing back on track fast with our 12-step program.
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