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Sleep

A good day begins the night before.

— Arianna Huffington

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Be aware that the quality of sleep is probably the most important thing that you will “do” during each day.

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Until you get all the sleep you need, if you feel tired during the day, allow yourself to take a brief nap for 10-20 minutes if it’s possible during your workday.

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To improve the quality of your sleep, gently escort your devices outside your bedroom.

Charge them in a different room.

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Take a shower or a hot bath with

Epsom salts to wash away the day.

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Do some light stretching or a yoga cool-down.

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When you get into bed, read a novel, poetry, philosophy--nothing to do with work. And read real books, nothing on screens.

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Keep an image that evokes serenity on your nightstand.

And make sure that your nightstand is uncluttered with only things that evoke serenity and peace--a flower, a candle, pictures of your loved ones.

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Listen to soothing music or meditations--but not on your smartphone, which will be outside your bedroom.

Download them on an iPod, your Amazon Echo, or any device that is not also a portal to the rest of your life.

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Caffeine, especially from traditional sources and not modern, factory-made concoctions that sell as energy drinks, may actually have protective anticancer properties. But moderation is key.

Enjoy your coffee or tea and avoid the more processed jolts. Cut back on caffeine in the afternoon, especially after 2:00 p.m.

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Restful sleep starts with a clean and tidy bedroom.

Wash your sheets in hot water once a week and keep clutter and electronics out.

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If you lose just one and a half hours that your body needs for one night, your daytime alertness will go down by about a third.

Think of this when you're staying up late to prepare for tomorrow.

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