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May 13, 2010

"A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow." --Charlotte Bronte

8 Ways to Sleep Better

If sleep has plunged to the bottom of your to-do list, you're not alone. Although the National Sleep Foundation recommends getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night, the average American logs only 6 hours and 40 minutes. But before turning to over-the-counter medications, Karen Asp recommends eight natural remedies that can soothe anxieties and help you get a good night's sleep. She introduces unorthodox remedies like wild lettuce, which is known to calm restlessness and reduce anxiety, or L-theanine, an amino acid that boosts daytime alertness and deeper nighttime sleep, to help in catching those zzz's. Other remedies include melatonin, aromatherapy, yoga or meditation, and valarian.

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