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Time Your Minerals

Taking 400 to 500 milligrams of calcium (and the same amount of magnesium) half an hour before lights-out helps 76 percent of women fall asleep more easily and wake up more refreshed, say Stanford University researchers. “These essential minerals lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax tight muscles, soothe jangled nerves and increase the amount of time you spend in the most restorative, slow-wave stage of sleep,” explains James F. Balch, M.D., co-author of Prescription for Natural Cures.

Bonus: This mineral duo also curbs the nighttime leg cramps that may wake you up from time to time.

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