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Sometimes those extra 10 minutes of sleep we get from hitting the snooze button in the morning are not enough. For years we have been told the adequate amount of sleep each person should get is 8 hours. Even if we are fortunate to get that amount of sleep, it may not be the type of sleep our bodies require. Our bodies need deep, restful sleep.

To get a better night’s rest you may want to avoid that glass of wine before going to bed. Yes, it can make you sleepy, but it may have you waking up in the middle of the night wondering why you are unable to go back to sleep.

Being able to breathe easily is also another way to ensure you get the proper sleep you need. Having clear passageways for air to move in and out is vital. For someone who has sleep apnea, breathing while asleep is difficult. “…[R]est your upper body at a 30-degree or greater incline, it may make a more direct path for air to move in and out of the lungs,” recommends Donna Arand, Ph.D., clinical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio.

Lastly, you may need to think about rescheduling your exercise routines. Your body becomes energized after you work out. It may take a few hours for your body to cool down and calm down before you are even able to get any shuteye. Mornings and afternoons are better parts of the day to schedule your work out.

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