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FIT TIPS: Skip the sheep and get some sleep

With the aim of helping faculty, staff and students "Get Your 150" (minutes of recommended exercise a week) to improve health and wellness, the Gazette and Athletics and Recreation will be offering Fit Tips each week.

A good sleep is essential to your health and wellbeing. If you have trouble getting a good night sleep try these tips before heading to bed for the night:

• Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning. This will keep your circadian rhythms in check.

• Go to bed and wake up at the same time, even on the weekends.

• Avoid eating large meals for 2-3 hours before bedtime. Try a light snack 45 minutes before bed if you’re still hungry.

• In your bedroom try dark curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, or a “white noise” machine. No TV’s or computers in the bedroom!

• When you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.

With these tips you can kick the sheep to the curb and get a good night’s sleep.