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3 Ways to Nod Off Faster

"Everything from body temperature to
stress can keep you tossing and turning," says Carol Ash,
D.O., medical director of the Sleep for Life Clinic at
Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey. Fortunately, three
new studies suggest how you can start snoozing more
quickly, no sheep counting or sleep meds necessary.

  1. WARM UP YOUR FEET
    What's keeping you up this summer may
    be an overly air-conditioned room. Slip on some socks: A recent
    study in Physiology & Behavior found that wearing them to bed better
    regulates body temperature, enabling you to snag some shut-eye.
  2. EAT A STARCHY DESSERT
    Carbs can trigger sleep by
    boosting levels of brain chemicals serotonin and tryptophan,
    according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A
    half cup of dry cereal or a few lowfat cookies four hours before
    bed should work without adding too many calories.
  3. READ YOURSELF A BEDTIME STORY
    An engaging book
    or magazine article can help you ease into those z's. Australian
    researchers found that stressed or anxious people rested easier
    when they were distracted from their worries.

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