Mornings with Dave & Jen

Sleep, Glorious Sleep!
Sleep, Glorious Sleep!

How often do YOU get a good night’s sleep?

If stress (or other things is keeping you up at night, Real Simple has six tips to help you get the sleep that you need:

1.  Maintain a schedule   Make it STRICT…even on weekends.  And if you allow yourself a half hour LESS sleep than you ACTUALLY need, you’ll be more tired the next day, and you can break the cycle and fall asleep more easily.

2.  Your bed should only be used for TWO things…and one of them is sleeping.   Don’t watch TV or surf the internet in bed.

3.  Get some exercise each day.  Ideally, about five to six hours before bed.  Exercise raises your body temperature and it’s easier to sleep when you’re in the cooling down process.

4.  Take an hour to wind down before bed.  Your brain associates bright light with daytime and in response it releases stimulants.   So dim the lights and stay away from your computer or ANY screens.

5.  Eat a light snack about 30 minutes before bed.  Something like cheese and crackers with tryptophan which releases calming serotonin that relaxes you.

6.  Use guided imagery.  Experts recommend that you imagine yourself in a relaxing place, like a beach.  You want to engage your senses, but not get overstimulated.  That’s why counting sheep doesn’t always work.

Our eyes are drooping already!

Just don’t get TOO much sleep, though…

According to a new study from MSN getting too MUCH sleep is actually worse for you than getting too LITTLE.

Researchers found people who slept more than nine hours a night had a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and anxiety.  People who slept under SIX hours also had higher risks of those, but not AS high.

D&J

Dave & Jen Podcasts

rubyh

Today’s Heroes

A woman sees the ocean for the first time…at age 100!

oned

Hollywood Dirt Report

One-D scores BIG at the AMA’s

scrooge

The FREAK Files

A Pennsylvania town’s putting the “Bah Humbug!” into Christmas

WP-HungerGamesMockingjay

Screen Queen

The latest chapter of the “Hunger Games” is here

lumberjack

Today’s Heroes

A quick thinking lumberjack saves a toddler’s life

More Podcasts

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Channing Tatum going behind the camera to direct

Fresh
tatum

The "Magic Mike" star is taking on an adaptation of young-adult novel "Forgive Me."

in Black Friday, Lifestyle

Turkey contest gives new meaning to ‘all you can eat’

Fresh
chestnut

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest, setting a record by devouring an entire bird.

in Lifestyle

Pope declares sainthood of 2 Indians, 4 Italians

Fresh
pope

Pope Francis conferred sainthood on six people on Sunday, praising their "creative" commitment to helping the poor.

in Music

The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ pics fetch $230K

Fresh
abbeyroad

Six discarded images from the iconic album shoot have been sold at auction.

in Music

Justin Bieber recording with Michael Jackson’s son

Fresh
princemichaeljackson

The "Baby" hitmaker is reportedly recording in secret with the King of Pop's son, Prince.