10 Ways to Get Better Sleep (and Maybe Cure Your Insomnia)

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Break the rules when necessary.

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While experts' common-sense recommendations about sleep hygiene should be the first line of defense against insomnia, selectively breaking them can sometimes help, too. TV isn't recommended, for example, but a DVD or show (make it a boring one) may put some people to sleep. "Listen to experts' rules; don't throw them out," says Gayle Greene, a lifelong insomniac who has learned to cope. But "bend them, make them work for you."

Next: Develop a pre-bed relaxation ritual.

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