4 Healthy Things to Do Before Bed

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These simple steps will prepare you for a good night's sleep.

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1 Turn Down the Thermostat

Research shows that the ideal room temperature for sleeping is around 65 degrees, so set yours to that number before conking out. (Many versions offer programmable timer switches.)

2 Grab a Clean Water Cup

Using the same glass for days or weeks at a time can make it a hot spot for germs and bacteria. So wash your cup (or carafe) regularly and make sure it dries fully before reusing.

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3 Do a Few Stretches

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Showing your muscles some TLC can help you unwind and release the day's tension. Roll forward with knees slightly bent and reach for your toes to loosen your back. Want to stretch your hips? Try a Happy Baby yoga pose: Lie on your back, bend your knees in toward your belly, grip the outsides of your feet with your hands, and open knees while pushing your feet and legs upward, flexing your heels.

4 Take a Bath

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Help your core body temperature drop by soaking in a hot tub: The rapid cooldown after you leave the heat can relax your body. The result: a drowsier you!

This story originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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