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Here's Arianna Huffington's Recipe For A Great Night Of Sleep

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Here's Arianna Huffington's Recipe For A Great Night Of Sleep
The sleep deprivation crisis is real. Arianna Huffington has been on a crusade to educate the public on the importance of sleep ever since she collapsed from exhaustion in 2007. "The impact on our health is dramatic," says the publisher of the Huffington Post, who is also launching a new health and wellness media startup called Thrive.

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71% of Americans

....sleep next to their smartphones. 

It makes it much harder to go back to sleep,  since the blue light emitted acts as a stimulant. 

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Arianna Huffington's sleep routine

  • Turn off all devices 30 minutes prior to bedtime and place them outside the bedroom.
  • Take a hot bath.
  • Use dedicated clothing (pajamas, not gym clothes).
  • Read only physical books, that have nothing to do with work.
  • End the day on a positive note (thinks or write about 3 things you are grateful for in that day).

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