Today Is National Napping Day

A pair of sleep experts, Dr. Neil Stanley and professor Mark Cropley, have developed a six-step 30 minute nightly routine to help you sleep at night. 

  1. 30 minutes before bed - make a to-do list for the next day so you don't lie in bed thinking about it.
  2. 25 minutes before bed - stop using all electronics, including your phone, computer, and TV.  The blue light they give off tricks your body into staying awake, because your brain thinks it's daylight.
  3. 20 minutes before bed - brush your teeth, take off make-up and wash your face.  Doing it right before bed can wake you up.
  4. 15 minutes before bed - take a quick hot shower. 
  5. 10 minutes before bed - use the bathroom.  42% of people don't get enough sleep because they get up and go in the middle of the night.
  6. 5 minutes before bed - stop talking.  Let your brain start to wind down so when you get in bed, your body is ready to fall asleep.

Learn more about the program, detailed in the New York Post, here.

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