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Your Health: July 8, 2013 Sleep tips during summer

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     Are those extra daylight hours this summer throwing your sleep off?
     Experts say, yes!   Longer daylight hours do contribute to sleep problems experienced by many Americans.
     The Loyola University Health System team offers tips on how to wind down, leave your worries behind and get a good night's sleep.

     The tips include:  
      Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Don't have any food and beverages for several hours before bedtime.
     Start quieting down and relaxing at least an hour before bedtime.
    Turn off handheld devices and remove them from the room.
     Darken the room and create a comfortable environment in terms of temperature, bedding, mattress and sleepwear.
     Make a list of worries, future errands and other things that are on your mind before you go to bed.
     This can help reduce anxiety, organize your thoughts and prepare you for sleep.
     Think twice about allowing pets to sleep with you.  If they move in the night and make noise, they disturb sleep.
     Discuss good sleep strategies with your partner. You need their cooperation for your efforts to succeed.

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