jasmine: just what the doctor ordered People who slept in jasmine-scented rooms slumbered more soundly and awoke feeling less anxious than people who slept in unscented rooms, a study at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia found. The sweet smell of this tropical flower also proved more conducive to sleep than did lavender, an aroma long considered relaxing.
best naps for grownups If you're going to take a daytime snooze, make it a catnap. "Ten minutes of sleep in the midafternoon provides immediate benefits in terms of improved alertness and performance that appear to last for at least two hours," says Amber Tietzel, of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. Five-minute naps were too short, and 20- or 30-minute nappers awoke groggy.
win a free "sleep kit" If you still haven't found a way to get enough shut-eye, consider this: The older you get, the more sleep-deprived you're likely to become. Rather than getting depressed by these findings, use them to create good sleep habits now, particularly from March 31 through April 6 (National Sleep Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation). For help, log on to www.sleepfoundation.orq or unisom.com; Unisom is sponsoring a sleep challenge and offering the first 1,000 registrants a free "Sleep Easy America" kit with sleep tips, a T-shirt and more.
For more on sleep problems, see "When You Simply Can't Sleep" on page 90.
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