Tricks for actually getting that extra hour of sleep

When it comes to sleep, it seems like we all know what we *should* do to get more of it. We just don't do it.

And doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result, is the definition of insomnia. Wait, that's not right.

Regardless, NBC News has some helpful hints for changing your routine and getting an extra hour of sleep.

If you can't stop going over your to-do list when you're trying to sleep, try the following: read a little, take a shower or do something physical that doesn't require a lot of mental energy.

Just don't go on your phone! This is the hardest, but give yourself time after eating dinner to send those last tweets and then say no more once you've brushed your teeth.

If you're accustomed to a nightcap, that's actually not necessarily bad.

The trick is making sure you've downed that drink at least an hour before bed so you don't rob yourself of restful sleep.

"You snooze, you lose" is actually a good thing to remember when your alarm goes off. That extra time might actually make you more tired.

Aside from that, avoid fried or spicy foods late in the day, don't overdo it on the workouts before lights out and definitely don't do those things together.

There! Sleep crisis solved.

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