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How YOU Get To Sleep A Little Bit Earlier

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We're dreading turning the clocks forward Sunday morning, to mark the start of Daylight Saving Time, and the accompanying sleep deprivation that comes with losing a precious hour.

Wouldn't it just be lovely if it was as easy as simply going to sleep an hour earlier? Between chores or homework or, uh, your life (it is a Saturday night, after all), preventively hitting the hay before your usual bedtime is easier said than done.

But consider the alternative: The Monday morning after we change our clocks forward, the number of car crashes increases. The number of fatal, alcohol-related crashes increases. More people have heart attacks and get injured at work. And workers who are physically safe are likely wasting more time than usual browsing the Web.

Ideally, we'd all start to shift our sleep and wake times the Thursday or Friday night before the start of Daylight Saving Time. Because we know how hard that can be, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to share with us their top tricks for getting to bed just a little bit earlier. Here are a few of our favorite suggestions.

1. A face mask. --Victoria Wilson
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2. Deep breathing exercises before bed. -- @meganjaworski

3. Lavender pillow spray. --Linda Collins
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4. Quit looking at screens one hour before bed. --Laveda DeLisser

5. A hot bath helps. --Jane Meyers
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6. Visualize yourself sleeping soundly and soon it will happen! --Lori Stromski

7. Black out all lighting, even the most insignificant. --Optamus Primel
dark bedroom sleep

Tell us in the comments below: How do you get to bed a little earlier?

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