(HealthDay News) -- If you're not getting enough sleep, it could be due to your activities before you hit the hay.
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The National Sleep Foundation warns against:
- Taking medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a stimulant. If you need relief from cold or allergy symptoms, opt for an antihistamine designed for night-time use.
- Don't watch TV, work at a computer or use a tablet or smartphone. Light from these screens can over-stimulate your brain. Opt for a book or music instead.
- Don't take a hot bath just before bed. Bathe at least an hour before so your body has time to cool off before sleep.
- Don't go to sleep with a full belly, especially if it's loaded with foods high in fat and salt.
- Don't drink beverages that contain caffeine after the morning. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours.
-- Diana Kohnle
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