6 Things You Should Never Do Before Bed

We know it’s tempting, but try to resist.

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Sleep. We all need it, but we don’t all do it well. Here are the six most important things to avoid at night for the best sleep possible,

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1. SITTING IN BRIGHT LIGHTS

For at least a half hour before going to bed, try to avoid bright lights. Dim your office lights if you absolutely must be working this close to bedtime, and kill the unhealthy flourescent ones. This includes your phone, iPod, and even television. Why? Because even five minutes of white light from a screen suppresses melatonin levels by more than 50 percent. Translation: Melatonin levels in the blood rise sharply and you begin to feel less alert in the evening, and sleep becomes more inviting. If light is around, you’ll have less of a natural inclination to hit the hay and stay sleeping.