How To Get More Sleep In 2012

January 3, 2012 Updated Jan 3, 2012 at 9:53 PM EDT

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January 3, 2012 Updated Jan 3, 2012 at 9:53 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Getting the proper rest is not only good for your mind, but your body, too. Studies find that those who sleep less actually eat more, but saying you are going to get more sleep and doing it are two different things.

Doctors say if you are hoping to catch more winks this year, you have start by making sleep a priority.

Dr. Charles Bae of the Cleveland Clinic says, " You need to treat sleep just as important as any medicine you might take
because it's very easy to stay up late and burn the candle at both ends. However, when you do that, you quickly run into a problem of dealing with sleep deprivation."

Dr. Bae says develop a sleep routine, much like you would with children.

He says to implement things into your routine that will help you turn
things off mentally or distract you from your daily activities, like taking a warm bath at the same time every night or reading a book.

Dr. Bae also says put all of your electronic devices down a half-hour before bedtime, and when you are ready for bed the one thing you should not do is look at the clock.

Dr. Bae says, "The minute you look at that time it's not just looking at one number. You start mental calculations, you think about how long it's been since you've been in bed and what you have to do the next day. And before you know it, a long time has passed and that cuts into your sleep time."

Dr. Bae says some people benefit from writing a to-do list right before bed to take the worry from your mind and put it on paper.

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