5 smart moves to get a better night's sleep

Watch what you do before bed

It might not be as important as finding the right mattress, but what you do before you get to the bedroom matters as well.

Some things to keep in mind:

* Keep it cool. Experts say the cooler your bedroom, the better. Set your thermostat to about 68 degrees before you go to bed.

* Drink up. Holistic nutritionist Sally Kravich recommends hot cocoa with a twist: Use warm almond milk, which is easy to digest and high in calcium, to promote deep sleep. Another holistic health expert, Carolyn Harrington, recommends a cup of green tea, which contains amino acids that help you sleep better at night.

And if none of these tips work, it's time to see a specialist who can help you better figure out what's keeping you awake.

Dr. Joshua Rotenberg, a diplomate at the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, says specialists might order an overnight sleep study or use an in-home testing kit, an inexpensive and convenient alternative to going to a sleep lab.

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