Seven Ways to Improve Your Snooze

How to get a good night’s sleep.

by Shari Miller Sims
Photograph: iStock

When you wake up in the middle of the night, give yourself 15 minutes or so to fall back asleep, then take action. Rather than just lie there endlessly and become more and more anxious about falling back to sleep, do something to calm down. If you like meditating or doing yoga, give it a try. Listen to an audiobook or read—but choose a book that doesn’t have a plot that will keep you awake wanting to find out what happens next. “Consider a book you’ve read many times before, or poetry, or spiritual reading, something that will be a pleasure to read again,” advises  Shives.

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