Don't Count Sheep: Better Bedtime Rituals
Published April 29, 2019
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    From mediation to melatonin to putting on a pair of socks, we all have routines to help us reach that blissful state of slumber. These are the ones that work:

    - Forget sheep. Instead, use mental imagery — picturing a walk in the woods or a stroll on a beach — to help relax.
    - Relaxation and meditation apps can help you unwind.
    - Melatonin supplements might ease your way into sleep, but too much melatonin could disrupt it.
    - Over-the-counter sleep medications may knock you out, but they won't result in effective sleep.
    - If young kids wake you in the wee hours, don't react in a way that increases their stress — but do find strategies that make it no fun to be up.
    - Sleep rituals are personal. If you believe in yours, that might be all you need.
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