We asked an aromatherapist, a chiropractor, an insomnia specialist, and more experts to share their best, natural tips for getting a good night's rest.
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1. Clear Your Thoughts
"I like to keep a little yellow pad and pen next to the bed so that before turning the lights out, I can empty my head onto a to-do list. It keeps me from having racing thoughts all night long like 'Oh God, I've got to call about those lamps being rewired!' or 'I've got to make that dinner reservation!'" -David Kleinberg, interior designer
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2. Stay on a Schedule
"Establish a strict bedtime and awakening time. Expose yourself to bright light in the morning - within 5 minutes of waking, go outside and take a walk for 30 minutes. Avoid any bright light for 2 or 3 hours before bedtime, or exercise within 3 hours. Avoid heavy meals, large amounts of fluid and alcohol - it might help you fall asleep, but it fragments sleep and cuts down on the amount of deep sleep." -Clete Kushida,
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In this L.A. dining room, designer Peter Dunham fashioned a sprawling yet comfy corner. "A deep banquette in a dining area is dressier and more relaxed than just chairs," he says. He brightened it with six pillows made from a vintage suzani from Design Utopia. Banquette not in the budget? Pull in an armchair from another room or try tossing a few pillows onto the seating.
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The stable before.
Before: The Stable
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Kitchen by Mick De Giulio.
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