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Practicing good sleep habits can help most sleep disorders. Test your sound-sleep IQ with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these sets the stage for a better night's sleep?

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The correct answer is: All of these set the scene for sleep by relaxing your body and creating the best environment to catch quality ZZZs.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Watching TV in bed is relaxing and helps the body prepare for sleep.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Watching TV, answering e-mail or paying bills are not bedtime activities. The TV in particular sends signals to the brain that keeps it in wake-up mode.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Having which one of these before bedtime will help you sleep?

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The correct answer is: Almonds contain muscle-relaxing magnesium and sleep-inducing tryptophan, which increases the brain's level of feel-good serotonin.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: You'll fall asleep easier if you get into bed even if you're not sleepy yet.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Waiting to get into bed until you are actually sleepy reduces your temptation to do things that disrupt your shut-eye.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

An ongoing sleep problem can contribute to which of the following conditions?

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The correct answer is: An ongoing lack of sleep can undermine your health and increase your risk of obesity, heart problems, diabetes and depression.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exercsie can help you get more restorative sleep.

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The correct answer is: Getting more than 30 minutes of exercise a day is linked to 65 percent more REM sleep, which is the restorative sleep the body needs.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What time of day is best for exercise, to promote a better night's sleep?

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The correct answer is: Exercise early for the best sleep. Brain scans show that morning exercise is the best for promoting good sleep. Early exercisers spend 75 percent more time in deep sleep and cycle through the four stages of sleep more often.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women have more trouble with night shifts than women who work 9 to 5.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Women do have more trouble with night shifts than women who work 9 to 5. Even a few rotating night shifts can make women more vulnerable to type 2 diabetes and obesity. Women who work rotating shifts are more likely to smoke and get injured on the job than those who don't.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of the following statements is true?

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The correct answer is: It's true that some people are hardwired to need very little sleep, but this is extremely rare. Most people misjudge how sleep deprived they are. In fact, most short-sleepers have significant cognitive deficits when compared with well-rested peers.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Rocking can improve sleep quality for adults.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Rocking or swinging in a hammock can ease the transition into sleep and improve sleep quality for grown-ups, too.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How much time should pass before bedtime if you have had one or two drinks?

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The correct answer is: Allowing an hour or two between a drink and bedtime avoids problems for most people. Although its sedative qualities may help you fall asleep, alcohol disrupts restorative sleep and can leave you bleary-eyed and tired the next day.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Getting less than 7 or 8 hours of sleep can increase the risk of early mortality by more than 60 percent.

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The correct answer is: This is true. According to one study, getting too little sleep increased the participants' risk of dying early by 62 percent. Getting too much sleep may also not be good for your health. People who got more than seven to eight hours of sleep had a 75 percent higher risk of dying early

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of the following are bad sleep habits to avoid?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. You should also avoid having alcohol or smoking right before bed.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of the following are good behaviors to adopt for better sleep?

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The correct answer is: All of these are good habits to adopt for better sleep. Using relaxation techniques, exercising regularly and creating a comfortable environment may also help you get quality ZZZs.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: People without a TV in their bedroom get better sleep and have twice as much sex than those who do.

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The correct answer is: This is true. People without TVs in the bedroom have twice as much sex and get much better sleep than those with electronics in the bedroom.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these main dishes is the best choice to promote better sleep?

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The correct answer is: Salmon is the best choice on this menu. The healthy fats in this fish may boost levels of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Warm milk is the only pre-bedtime beverage that will help you sleep.

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The correct answer is: This is false. One study showed that tart cherry juice helped older adults fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Cherries are high in melatonin, a sleep regulating hormone that's produced by the pineal gland.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sleeping the recommended 6 to 8 hours a night can keep your brain sharp.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Getting the proper amount of sleep can make your brain as sharp as someone 4 to 7 years younger.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following senses can diminish during the day but is restored by sleep?

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The correct answer is: Color vision is restored by getting enough sleep. During the day, color perception drifts so that gray begins to look greenish.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which one of these colors in morning light helps keep circadian rhythms on target?

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The correct answer is: Blue wavelengths in morning light help keep your body clock in order. A dose of blue light in the morning or midday keeps you alert during the day and primed for nighttime sleep. Throw open the shades first thing or go for a morning stroll to reset the brain's slumber schedule.

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Sleep is beneficial to your overall health. Getting a good night's sleep aids in memory recall, appreciation of loved ones and mental alertness. When sleep doesn't happen it can lead to lethargy, irritability and an increase risk ...of certain diseases. Learn tips for getting a good sleep and the impact of sleep deprivation to your overall health. More