Medications can help you fall asleep and sleep peacefully through the night (I discuss drugs in the next section, "Slipping into Slumber Using Medications and Other Remedies"). But you can also make simple changes in your life that will often help carry you off into the wonderful world of sleep. The following are some good lifestyle options:
1 Pay attention to what you eat and drink at dinnertime and afterward.
1 Discover how to relax. (Read more about relaxation therapy in Chapter 13.)
1 Accept that your bed is for sleeping only. (Okay, it's for sex, too. But that's it!) Do your working, reading, and TV watching elsewhere.
1 Encourage a snoring partner to get help. If he refuses to get help, consider using earplugs or a white-noise machine to help cancel out the noise.
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