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10 "Kid" Habits to Hold On To

Sleeping Soundly
Sleep when he sleeps!
Sleep when he sleeps!

Kids may fight going to sleep, but once they drift off, they sleep like they mean it. If you wake up every time the clock strikes the hour, take a hint from your kids, and make sleep a priority. The U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that between 50 and 70 million Americans are sleep-deprived. The average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night. If you aren't getting your full share, consider making the following changes:

  • Implement a nighttime ritual that will condition you for bedtime: write a list of the day's accomplishments, read a book, take a bath or meditate.
  • Turn off your electronic gadgets. Say goodnight to the television, computer, sound system, radio and any other device that's supplying background interference.
  • Turn out the lights. The dark and quiet will help you drift off.
  • Reduce the amount of caffeine you drink, and limit your consumption to the morning hours.
  • Eat a few sleep-inducing foods a few hours before bedtime. Try bananas, almonds, milk, hard-boiled eggs or cherries.