An Hour-by-Hour Guide to a Good Night's Sleep

Two out of three women have trouble sleeping at least a few nights a week. Here's how to use your waking hours - from 7 a.m. till to 11 p.m. -- to make sure you get a good night's slumber (12 Photos)

Sheryl Kraft on Sep 26, 2012 at 3:33PM

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An Hour-by-Hour Guide to a Good Night's Sleep

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11 a.m. to Noon: Tackle Your To-Do List

Since your circadian cycle has been climbing all morning, take advantage of nature’s gift to alertness. Tackle the toughest tasks before lunch, whether organizing a messy junk drawer at home or digging into a challenging spreadsheet at work.

Or switch gears and step away from your desk. Lingering near some outdoor light now will help you conquer insomnia later. As little as 50 seconds of sun throughout the day can wake up your brain and make you feel more alert and productive, say researchers.  

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