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3 Tips on How to Have a Healthy Night's Sleep

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Sleep health is very important to pay attention to. Not only do you feel better when you have a good night's sleep, but your body and mind is healthier as well. Sleep prevents heart attacks and strokes and possibly cancer as well. It also reduces stress and improves your memory. It is also the time your body takes to repair itself from the damage done to it during the day, like from stress or UV rays. But it's difficult sometimes to get a good night's sleep, no matter how much you want to. Here are three ways to get a better, deeper sleep. 

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Do Longer Nights Cause You to be Short on Sleep?

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Everybody's heard of circadian rhythms, the part of our body clock that affects sleeping and waking. What you may not know is that the long nights of fall and winter can affect our circadian rhythms and wreak havoc with your sleep cycle. Circadian rhythms are affected by signals from the environment -- specifically from light or its absence.

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Helping Your Children Sleep

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Children need sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect their moods, ability to focus, mental growth, and much more. There are many things parents can do to help improve the sleep health of their children. If you feel your child isn't getting enough sleep, try implementing these steps.

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Does Thanksgiving Turkey Make You Sleepy?

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You've probably heard that there's an ingredient in turkey that can make you sleepy. That ingredient is called L-tryptophan, and it's an essential amino acid that's found in other foods too, like chicken, pork and cheese. L-tryptophan is used in the body to produce niacin, a B vitamin. L-tryptophan can also be metabolized into serotonin and melatonin, both of which can have a calming, sleep-inducing effect. The thing about L-tryptophan, though, is that it needs to be taken on an empty stomach and without any protein or other amino acids in order to produce that tranquilizing effect. Last time we checked, turkey has plenty of protein, and it's rarely eaten by itself -- especially on Thanksgiving Day. So, what's really behind the post-feast stupor? Does turkey really make you sleepy or not?

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Sleep for Stay at Home Parents

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Parents who work and parents who stay at home each have their unique challenges and advantages. But some might assume that being a stay at home parent means that a night of bad sleep is no big deal. They might think stay at home parents can catch up on sleep during the day and their tasks at home aren't as demanding as someone going to work. Sure, stay at home parents can try to catch a nap when their little ones are sleeping. And fixing lunches, drop-off and pick-up, and keeping the house clean might not take as much concentration as a high stress job. But stay at home parents want to do their best and that means getting good sleep is vital to their achievement as a parent.

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