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Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep

You’re not doomed to toss and turn every night. Consider simple tips for better sleep, from setting a sleep schedule to including physical activity in your daily routine by david falor.

By Mayo Clinic Staff


Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night’s sleep — from work stress and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as illnesses. It’s no wonder that quality sleep is sometimes elusive by david falor.

While you might not be able to control the factors that interfere with your sleep, you can adopt habits that encourage better sleep. Start with these simple tips.


1. Stick to a sleep schedule


Set aside no more than eight hours for sleep. The recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult is at least seven hours. Most people don’t need more than eight hours in bed to achieve this goal by david falor.

Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try to limit the difference in your sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends to no more than one hour. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle.


If you don’t fall asleep within about 20 minutes, leave your bedroom and do something relaxing. Read or listen to soothing music. Go back to bed when you’re tired. Repeat as needed.

2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink


Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed. In particular, avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of bedtime. Your discomfort might keep you up.

Nicotine, caffeine and alcohol deserve caution, too. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality sleep. And even though alcohol might make you feel sleepy, it can disrupt sleep later in the night.


3. Create a restful environment


Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Exposure to light might make it more challenging to fall asleep. Avoid prolonged use of light-emitting screens just before bedtime. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs.


Doing calming activities before bedtime, such as taking a bath or using relaxation techniques, might promote better sleep. 5

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The year in reviewOur ten most popular articles from 2015

The most read pieces of the year on The Economist’s website


A FEW trends emerge from the list of The Economist‘s ten most-read articles of 2015. The theme of inequality remains top of mind for our readers; articles about Asian-Americans, working-class males and inherited privilege all found their way into the top four. Many articles in this list are amongst our longer offerings, suggesting that readers set aside time to read them rather than snacking on the go. And most of the pieces below are leaders, which tells us that our readers want to know not only what happened but what can be done about it. The top piece, however, is an exception to all these trends: a fascinating science report about a new breed of animal called the coywolf.    


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1. Greater than the sum of its parts
October 3rd | Science and technology

Over a century of interbreeding between America’s wild coyotes, wolves and dogs has created a new species: the coywolf. The genetic mix means the animal has the size and strength of a wolf and the social nature of a dog. The new breed is spreading across America at an astonishing pace—even into big cities.


2. The weaker sex
March 7th | International

Boys once spent longer and went further in school than girls, and were more likely to graduate from university. Now the balance has tilted the other way: one gender gap has closed, only for another to open up. Now it is not women who are suffering, but unskilled men.


3. America’s new aristocracy
January 24th | Leader

Privilege in America is increasingly passed from parent to child. The clever and successful are marrying each other more than ever before, an “assortative mating” process thought to have increased inequality by 25%. The best solution is to help clever kids who failed to pick posh parents—and the moment to start is in early childhood.


4. The model minority is losing its patience
October 3rd | Briefing

Asian-Americans are under-represented in top jobs despite being better educated than white Americans. This “bamboo ceiling” applies in businesses as well as Congress, where just 2.4% of lawmakers are Asian-American. Widely held perceptions of unfair treatment are pushing many into politics, and the minority is becoming more politically assertive.


5. Shape shifting
February 28th | Books and arts

“Curvology”, a book by David Bainbridge released in February, discussed why men’s and women’s bodies differ more than is necessary simply to bear children. Mr Bainbridge says it makes evolutionary sense for women to plump up as they prepare to reproduce. It is this biology—not just brainwashing by the tabloid newspapers that splash images of curvy women—that shapes humanity’s appreciation of the undulations of the female form.



6. Generation XXX
September 26th | Leader

Pornography accounts for more than a tenth of all internet searches, and its availability has sparked a moral panic. Teenagers are seeing debauched acts at a younger age; porn has become their main source of sexual education. Parents and governments wish to stem the tide of smut with porn-blockers. A better approach would be to take a long, hard look at what is out there—and start to talk about it.


7. The silent minority
February 7th | United States

America’s largest single ethnic group, German-Americans, are barely visible in public life. Companies (Pfizer, Boeing) and politicians (John Boehner, Rand Paul) play down their German roots, while private citizens have have grown rich and assimilated without political help. German-Americans are so well integrated that they barely noticed when Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, visited in February.


8. Putin’s war on the West
February 14th | Leader

In February, when eastern Ukraine was in flames, The Economist discussed how the West could best tackle Vladimir Putin’s incendiary foreign policy. Mr Putin had a grip on the Kremlin, a new toy in Crimea, a weakened neighbour in Ukraine and a divided opposition in Europe and America. The critical point was and remains Ukraine: it should be a lesson in the rewards of leaning West, not its perils.


9. Trump’s America
September 5th | Leader

Donald Trump rose to the top of the polls for the Republican nomination in the summer, despite saying things that would have torpedoed any normal campaign. His secret sauce has two spices: a genius for self-promotion and supporters who view his boorishness as a sign of authenticity. The Economist advised Republicans to listen carefully to Mr Trump, and vote for someone else.


10. Watch out
June 13th | Leader

In June, The Economist said that the fight against financial chaos and deflation was won. However, having moved on from one recession, the world is not ready for the next. Rarely have so many large economies been so ill-equipped to manage a slowdown. The best way for fragile economies to get back to normal is to allow the recovery to gather strength first.

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The pieces on which readers lingered the longest

TWO events this year pushed all else off the news agenda, at least for our readers. Where last year’s list of most-read articles featured a mix of politics, finance, science, demography and culture, this year’s is dominated by Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump. Between them, these two stories account for half of the ten most-read articles on in 2016. 

When not parsing populism, our readers also studied the embattled politicians trying to tame it, notably Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Inequality was on their minds, too: in the skies, as airlines introduced a class below economy; and on the screen, when no black actor received an Oscar nomination for the second year running. The full top ten list appears below; click on the titles or the images to read the articles in full. 

1. A tragic split
June 24th | Leaders

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The article on which our readers spent the most time in 2016 was the leader written in the wake of Britain’s momentous vote to leave the European Union. On the morning of June 24th we wrote, “Managing the aftermath, which saw the country split by age, class and geography, will need political dexterity in the short run; in the long run it may require a redrawing of traditional political battle-lines and even subnational boundaries. There will be a long period of harmful uncertainty.” Six months later, those words remain true. 


2. Time to fire Trump
February 27th | Leaders

Our most-read piece about Donald Trump came before he secured the Republican nomination for president, and well before his triumph in November. Though his rise appalled us (“the front-runner is unfit to lead a great political party, let alone America”), we did not discount his chances of becoming president altogether. We noted that “Mr Trump’s political persona is more flexible than that of any professional politician, which means he can take it in any direction he wants to. And whoever wins the nomination for either party will have a decent chance of becoming America’s next president: the past few elections have been decided by slim margins in a handful of states.” Yet despite our calm reasoning, we did not see his victory coming. 


3. America’s airlines are introducing a class below economy
February 23rd | Gulliver

Airlines have long profited from charging an arm and a leg for first- and business class while allowing the masses too little room for limbs of any kind. But why stop there? “Economy class”, they have realised, can itself be subdivided, and then subdivided again. First there was the creation of “premium economy”, which charges flyers extra for what used to be basic amenities. Now a new class is coming: “basic economy”, also known as “last class”. Travellers are willing to suffer all sorts of discomfort and inconvenience for a lower fare. This year America’s airlines decided to give them what they wished for.


4. How racially skewed are the Oscars?
January 21st | Prospero

For all 20 actors nominated for an Oscar to be white could be a coincidence. For it to occur two years running is, to many, a scandal, especially in years when many films with black actors were possible contenders (“Straight Outta Compton”, “Creed” and “Beasts of No Nation” among them). According to analysis by The Economist, the number of black actors winning Oscars this century has been in line with the size of America’s black population. Yet this does not mean Hollywood has no problems of prejudice. Hispanics, for example, are notably under-represented. 


5. The last big frontier
August 6th | United States


A migration of staunch conservatives and doomsday-watchers to America’s north-west has been quietly gathering steam. Thousands have moved to the “American Redoubt” (mostly Idaho, Montana and Wyoming) to soothe their fears of widespread social unrest, creeping government authoritarianism or nuclear war. Some firms sell off-grid homes in the mountainous, forested region; others train people to set up their own food-producing fortress-homesteads. The frontier spirit of America’s Old West is still alive and well here.


6. A background guide to Brexit
February 24th | Graphic detail

In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, our data team published a primer. It laid out the case for and against leaving the European Union, and included a series of charts showing Britain’s rising migration rate, its trade relationship with the continent, measures of regulation across the EU, and political realities in Westminster. Yet in a campaign that will be remembered for the phrase “people in this country have had enough of experts”, uttered by Michael Gove, a Leave campaigner and Conservative party politician, these facts held less sway than emotion. 


7. The Trump Era
November 12th | Leaders

“America has voted not for a change of party so much as a change of regime,” we wrote in the week that Mr Trump was elected America’s president, adding: “we are deeply sceptical that he will make a good president—because of his policies, his temperament and the demands of political office.” His election, we wrote, was a rebuff to all liberals, including this newspaper. In response, the long, hard job of winning the argument for liberal internationalism must begin anew.


8. Hating Hillary
October 22nd | United States

Two weeks before election day, we asked why “America’s probable next president” was so deeply reviled. Most Americans view her unfavourably. And yet many former rivals and colleagues speak of her glowingly. Few other politicians have a public image so at odds with the judgment of their peers. The notion that Mrs Clinton’s unpopularity is fuelled by sexism annoys her critics almost as much as she does. But it is otherwise hard to explain the gap between the measured criticism her behaviour sometimes invites and the unbridled loathing that has shown up in its place.


9. The Way Ahead
October 8th | Briefing

On the eve of his final 100 days in office, Barack Obama wrote for us about four areas of unfinished business in economic policy that his successor will have to tackle: productivity and wages; inequality; labour-force participation and preventing the next economic crisis. None of those has changed with the election of Mr Trump. 


10. Trump’s triumph
May 7th | Leaders

After Indiana’s primary on May 3rd, it was clear that Republicans would be led into the presidential election by a man who says he will kill terrorists’ families, encourages violence by his supporters, indulges wild conspiracy theories and subscribes to a set of protectionist and economically illiterate policies that are both fantastical and self-harming. “Fortunately,” we wrote, “Mr Trump will probably lose the general election,” while conceding that “there is the possibility that he might just win.” It turned out to be more than just a possibility. The first month of 2017 will see Mr Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States. 

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Kristen Wiig sells sunny Los Angeles home for $2M

Kristen Wiig sells sunny Los Angeles home for $2M

Developer behind One57 set to launch new $4B building

Developer behind One57 set to launch new $4B building

Facebook may be answer to Silicon Valley's housing problem

Facebook may be answer to Silicon Valley’s housing problem



Media mogul scoops up roomy Tribeca pad for $7M

Media mogul scoops up roomy Tribeca pad for $7M

Media mogul Jason Binn, who just sold his Tribeca apartment at 92 Laight St. for $10.75 million to an LLC called Fashionably Laight Street, has just closed on a new…

Illinois: New Federal Program Pays Off Your Mortgage

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Healthy living the luxury condo way

Healthy living the luxury condo way

Natasha Shangguan, a real-estate agent, is quick to list the perks of living in the Grand at SkyView Parc development in Flushing, Queens. The 1,100-square-foot unit she shares with her…
City cracks down on office roof terraces

City cracks down on office roof terraces

Big Apple real-estate developers and landlords are raising the roof over a citywide crackdown on office tower roof terraces — which have recently become the must-have amenity for tenants. Major…
Posh West Village penthouse goes for nearly $31.5M

Posh West Village penthouse goes for nearly $31.5M

Proving there’s still money pouring into Manhattan, the south penthouse unit at Ian Schrager’s 160 Leroy St. has been put into contract. The asking price was $31.5 million and what…
Famed ‘Flintstone House’ sells for $2.8M

Famed ‘Flintstone House’ sells for $2.8M

The unofficial San Francisco Bay Area landmark known as the Flintstone House has changed hands for the first time in 20 years. A local buyer closed on the quirky home…
Lady Gaga is caught in a pad romance in Montauk

Lady Gaga is caught in a pad romance in Montauk

Lady Gaga, 31, who’s been filming Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” was recently spotted house hunting out east with her boyfriend Christian Carino, a 48-year-old CAA agent. The adorable…
The secret New York island you need to buy into

The secret New York island you need to buy into

Most New Yorkers have never heard of Fishers Island, the under-the-radar 9-mile-long islet wedged between Connecticut’s shore and the North Fork of Long Island. And most locals on the unspoiled…
Famed Gramercy Park townhouse sells for $23M

Famed Gramercy Park townhouse sells for $23M

A red-brick townhouse once owned by former mayor, the publisher James Harper who served in the 1800s, has sold for $23.09 million in an off-market deal, according to city property…
Luxury residential convert sells for $450M

Luxury residential convert sells for $450M

A former downtown office building recently converted to a luxury residential rental by a venture of Vanbarton Group and Metro Loft Management is being sold to the latter for $450…
Warren Buffett’s brokerage firm is going commercial

Warren Buffett’s brokerage firm is going commercial

The Oracle of Omaha wants to sell you some office space. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which already has a successful real estate brokerage firm, HomeServices — including a branch in…
Red Rooster chef tabs Brooklyn complex for new restaurant

Red Rooster chef tabs Brooklyn complex for new restaurant

Super chef Marcus Samuelsson conquered Harlem’s dining scene with his celebrated Red Rooster. Now he’s taking his game-changing restaurant show to Brooklyn for the first time. His Marcus Samuelsson Group…
Korean cuisine taking over old Italian hot spot

Korean cuisine taking over old Italian hot spot

Kimchi will soon reign where tomato sauce once ruled. Multilevel Korean restaurants are most common on the “Koreatown” block of West 32d Street. But a major new deal will bring…
These real estate royals are selling their $10M home

These real estate royals are selling their $10M home

Real estate tycoon Don Peebles, founder, president and CEO of Peebles Corp. and a potential New York City mayoral candidate, has just re-listed his stately Sag Harbor, NY, home for…
Nuns are selling their Harlem ‘Motherhouse’

Nuns are selling their Harlem ‘Motherhouse’

They’re losing their religion. One of the nation’s oldest orders of black nuns — the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary — is selling a five-story property…

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Hundreds mourn assassinated NYPD cop

Hundreds mourn assassinated NYPD cop

De Blasio skips slain NYPD cop's vigil to praise police in Germany

De Blasio skips slain NYPD cop’s vigil to praise police in Germany

Sexual assault reported at Chelsea hotel

Sexual assault reported at Chelsea hotel




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CNN screws up — again


CNN screws up — again

Promoter behind disastrous Fyre Festival arrested for wire fraud

Promoter behind disastrous Fyre Festival arrested for wire fraud

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's twins rumored to be named Rumi and Sir

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s twins rumored to be named Rumi and Sir

'Entourage' star Jerry Ferrara gets hitched

‘Entourage’ star Jerry Ferrara gets hitched

Joe Jackson taken to hospital after Vegas car crash

Joe Jackson taken to hospital after Vegas car crash

Olivia de Havilland sues FX over 'Feud' portrayal

Olivia de Havilland sues FX over ‘Feud’ portrayal

Mourner arrested after rapper Prodigy's memorial

Mourner arrested after rapper Prodigy’s memorial


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Halle Berry is still disappointed in the Oscars

Halle Berry is still disappointed in the Oscars

“I feel like it meant something, but I guess I’m just disappointed that there has not been another woman [of color] in 15 years that has stood on that stage…
Venus Williams sued over fatal crash

Venus Williams sued over fatal crash

78-year-old Jerome Barsons succumbed to his injuries two weeks after the crash, which took place in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. on June 9.
Greta Van Susteren out at MSNBC

Greta Van Susteren out at MSNBC

Greta Van Susteren is out at MSNBC after just six months. The Post has learned that she’ll be replaced by Ari Melber, MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent. Van Susteren, who moved…

Cops comb for bald man who swiped Rogaine

Cops comb for bald man who swiped Rogaine

DEARBORN, Mich. — Police in suburban Detroit can skip barbershops as they search for a man who stole a hair growth product. This guy is bald. Dearborn police have security…
Man falls off paddleboard and drowns

Man falls off paddleboard and drowns

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Colorado man has drowned after falling off a paddleboard on a Grand Mesa lake. The Daily Sentinel reports 44-year-old Larry Smith Jr. fell into Eggleston…
Restaurateur chokes to death while dining at steakhouse

Restaurateur chokes to death while dining at steakhouse

Jeffrey Gildenhorn, a restauranteur in the Washington, D.C. area and former mayoral candidate, tragically choked to death on Wednesday while dining at the city’s Palm steakhouse. Gildenhorn, 74, was the…
Bride finds missing wedding dress thanks to Facebook

Bride finds missing wedding dress thanks to Facebook

DOVER, Ohio — A bride who lost her wedding dress while traveling through Ohio has found it, thanks to social media. WJW-TV reports Jennifer Contini and fiance Steven Cunningham were…
Mom arrested in connection with 2-month-old’s death

Mom arrested in connection with 2-month-old’s death

HANFORD, Calif. — A 40-year-old California woman has been arrested in connection to the death of her 2-month-old daughter. The Fresno Bee reports Kings County Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics went…
Trump to Senate: Repeal ObamaCare now, replace later

Trump to Senate: Repeal ObamaCare now, replace later

President Trump on Friday urged fractured Senate Republicans to repeal ObamaCare “immediately” and replace it some day down the road — but GOP insiders said that idea was not going…
Sarin nerve gas used in Syria attack: watchdog

Sarin nerve gas used in Syria attack: watchdog

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town,…
Joe and Mika say Trump is too easily played

Joe and Mika say Trump is too easily played

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski responded Friday to President Trump’s deeply personal attack on Twitter by assailing his “fragile” and “easily played ego” — saying she was worried for the United…
China: US must call off arms deal with Taiwan

China: US must call off arms deal with Taiwan

BEIJING — Beijing has strongly protested a US plan to sell $1.4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan and demanded that the deal be canceled. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu…
Germany legalizes gay marriage

Germany legalizes gay marriage

Germany’s parliament voted by a wide margin Friday to legalize same-sex marriage after Chancellor Angela Merkel did an about-face that freed members of her ruling conservative bloc to follow their…
Feds plan to arrest parents who smuggled kids into US

Feds plan to arrest parents who smuggled kids into US

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States, a move immigrant advocates said would send…
Archaeologists make grisly discovery at ancient temple

Archaeologists make grisly discovery at ancient temple

Archaeologists say that human skulls may have once decorated an ancient temple at Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. Described as the world’s oldest temple, Göbekli Tepe in Southeast Turkey dates back…
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