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Screens Off Better ZZZZs

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If you have trouble falling asleep at night, you're not alone. Lots of people lay awake at night and not so many know that the solution may be as simple as "screening out" screens in the hour or two before you go to bed!

Research shows that blue light — the kind that comes out of your computer or television screen — actually helps your brain stay alert. And is that what you want at bedtime? Not so much.

Many teens are already sleep-challenged anyway, for a couple of reasons. Your body clock turns in a different direction when you hit the teen-age years (that's why kids like to stay up later and sleep longer in the morning). This time in your life may feel stressful too, with busy after-school schedules, grade pressure and sometimes jobs and other issues on your mind.

If your nighttime activities including going online, watching TV or playing videogames in front of those blue-lit screens, well, it's not so surprising that you're sleeping poorly and having trouble getting out of bed when morning comes!

A better way: Make your bedroom a screen-free zone for an hour or two before you go to sleep. Use this time to shower, straighten up your room, and read the old fashioned way with a book or magazine, or an e-reader like Kindle (its screen does not emit blue light)!

And one more thing — exercise during the day (not just before bedtime) will help you sleep tight too!​