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Health Tip: Avoid These 5 Pre-Bedtime Don'ts

(HealthDay News) -- Your habits just before you slip into bed could be sabotaging your night of sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation says do NOT:

  • Take any over-the-counter medications that contain pseudoephedrine, found in common cold medicines, which can keep you awake. Opt for a nighttime formula that may help you feel drowsy.

  • Text, watch TV or spend time on the computer shortly before bed.

  • Take a hot shower or bath just before bed. It's best to do so about an hour before you plan to sleep, as that gives your body temperature time to drop again.

  • Indulge in a greasy, fattening, salty bedtime snack, which can be stimulating and trigger nightmares.

  • Drink caffeine beyond the morning, as it can stay in your system for as long as 12 hours.

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