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Rest Assured

Five secrets to ensure you always reach the Zzz-spot

Most guys just don't get enough sleep. But according to MF adviser and sleep expert Michael Breus, Ph.D., you may be able to get by on less sleep, as long as you make sure the sleep you are getting is restful. His advice:

Never Fall Asleep in Front of the Television
Proper head and neck alignment is essential for getting a good night's sleep, and the only way to get enough support is with a good pillow and the ability to stretch your body out fully.

Dim the Lights
Replace those 100-watt lightbulbs in your bedroom with 45-watt bulbs. Lowering the lights about a half hour before bed will help relax your body—and hers.

Lower Your Thermostat
Or just buy a good fan. Keeping the temperature of your bedroom between 68 and 72 degrees will prevent you from reaching for another blanket or waking up drenched in sweat.

Get Into a Routine
Going to bed at around the same time each night will help you regulate your body's rhythms and fall asleep faster.

Stop Snoozing
Hitting the snooze button might seem like an easy way to capture a few more minutes of glorious shut-eye, but those extra minutes are not enough time for you to return to a deep sleep. Get your butt out of bed already, or set the thing for when you really need to get up.

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