Clark’s tips for getting a better night of sleep

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Clark’s tips for getting a better night of sleep
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Are you getting enough sleep? A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that roughly a third of Americans are getting less than six hours a night.

Meanwhile, one-third of workers say that lack of sleep has impacted them on more than 10 working days during the last year, according to a report I read in The Dallas Morning News. Lower productivity, weight gain and higher mortality are just a few of the repercussions of losing your nightly shut-eye.

The premium bedding industry and the pharmaceutical companies have both gotten rich providing supposed solutions to the sleep dilemma. Below are some cheap ways to ensure you get a better night of rest. Visit the American Academy of Sleep Medicine at SleepEducation.com for more tips.

  • Don’t drink caffeinated beverages after 2 p.m.
  • Don’t have more than one glass of wine, beer or other alcohol.
  • Don’t discuss money with your significant other just before bedtime.
  • Don’t place your smart phone by your bed to respond to e-mails.
  • Don’t watch TV before bedtime.
  • Get into bed half an hour early and read a calming book.
  • Exercise regularly.

Editor’s note: This segment originally aired May 25, 2012.

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Clark Howard About the author:
Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to put more money in your pocket, with advice you can trust. More about Clark
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