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23 Simple Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

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21. Have some chamomile tea

Chamomile is a medicinal herb used for its health benefits for centuries. Chamomile tea has been used to treat insomnia and induce sedation, according to research. The herb’s sedative effects may be due to the flavonoid, a compound extracted from plants, that ties to benzodiazepine receptors, which play a role in treating anxiety and sleep disorders, in the brain.

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22. Don’t use the bed for anything but sleep and sex

The bed is not your desk, and the bedroom is not your office. Don’t answer calls and emails when you should be sleeping. The bed has to have two dedicated roles in a person’s life – it should be reserved for sleep and sex, according to Laliotis. When your brain is used to doing other tasks in bed — such as watching TV — before falling asleep, it would need you to do those things to fall asleep, he explained. The body gets used to being restless in bed, preventing it from falling asleep.

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23. Add more protein to your diet

A study from Purdue University suggests that protein may help with sleep. Overweight and obese adults who were on a high-protein diet to lose weight reported sleeping better after several weeks.