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"Everything from body temperature tostress can keep you tossing and turning," says Carol Ash,D.O., medical director of the Sleep for Life Clinic atSomerset Medical Center in New Jersey. Fortunately, threenew studies suggest how you can start snoozing morequickly, no sheep counting or sleep meds necessary.

  1. WARM UP YOUR FEET
    What's keeping you up this summer maybe an overly air-conditioned room. Slip on some socks: A recentstudy in Physiology & Behavior found that wearing them to bed betterregulates body temperature, enabling you to snag some shut-eye.
  2. EAT A STARCHY DESSERT
    Carbs can trigger sleep byboosting levels of brain chemicals serotonin and tryptophan,according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Ahalf cup of dry cereal or a few lowfat cookies four hours beforebed should work without adding too many calories.

  3. READ YOURSELF A BEDTIME STORY
    An engaging bookor magazine article can help you ease into those z's. Australianresearchers found that stressed or anxious people rested easierwhen they were distracted from their worries.

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