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Dr. Weil's Heart Health Newsletter
Friday 7/15/2011Join the conversation!
4 Tips for Better Rest

Rest is as important as physical activity for general health. Identify periods during the day when you can be passive, without stimulation, doing nothing - and make time for them. Consider the following when planning rest into your schedule:
  1. Try to get into the habit of napping: 10 to 20 minutes in the afternoon, preferably lying down in a darkened room.
  2. Spend some time outdoors as often as you can to get exposure to bright, natural light. If you are concerned about harmful effects of solar radiation, do it before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m. and use sunscreen.
  3. Try to give yourself about an hour in dim lightbefore you go to sleep at night. Lower the lighting in your house and bedroom. If other members of the household object, wear sunglasses.
  4. Pay attention to sleep hygiene: all the details of lifestyle, including caffeine intake and bedroom design, that affect the quality of sleep. When you are ready to go to sleep, try to keep your bedroom completely dark.
Don't miss next week's Mind, Body, Spirit Newsletter for five more quick tips for better rest.

Healthy Goal: Daydream
The power of visual imagination is an efficient and enjoyable way to activate the relaxation response. Try imagining an actual place from your past, where you felt happy, secure, and peaceful.  Then picture yourself there, making all the sensory impressions - smells, sounds, sights - as sharp as possible. You'll feel happier and calmer in no time.
Learn more about the mind-body connection in the article "The Self-Healing Benefits of Meditation."

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