The 1-Hour Sleep Countdown

Did you know that what you do in the final hour before going to bed can be the most important factor in how well you sleep? Learn how to stop stress, work problems and anxiety from getting in the way of a deep and restful slumber.

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You can transform your dreadful sleepless nights of watching the clock into nights of deep, restful sleep with these four tips.

Dr. Oz's Tired Tea - 9:00 p.m.

Chamomile and liquid melatonin are the two main ingredients. Chamomile works as a mild tranquilizer and a sleep inducer. Along with regulating sleep, liquid melatonin boasts several advantages: It helps lower heart rate and blood pressure, increases immune function, and blocks the body’s stress response. Try adding 18 drops, which is about .5 mg, of liquid melatonin to your tea two hours before bedtime.

Lavender Steam Facial - 9:15 p.m.

Lavender is proven to reduce anxiety, a common cause of sleepless nights. Fill a bowl with 2 cups of boiling water and add 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Place your head over the bowl and drape a towel across the back of your head to keep steam in. Inhale deeply for 1 minute. Steam has been shown to improve lung and airway function, so this can help you breathe easier. You can also try this in the bathtub.