Monday, February 14, 2011

Consumer Reports says...Need some sleep?

I'm starting a new monthly series...As I read my Consumer Reports I'm going to choose tid bits to share.

This month they give advice on getting a good night's sleep - it's good for problem-solving and verbal skills (me no talk so good when no get enough sleep):
  • avoid big meals and caffeine late in the day
  • don't exercise 4 hrs before bed (huh!)
  • do exercise earlier in the day
  • don't take naps (duh!)
  • try to have the same bedtime and wake time
  • keep bedroom cool, dark and quiet - use primarily for sleeping and cuddling
  • set a turn off time for all screens
  • meditate before bedtime, deep breathe, concentrate on relaxing muscles (no time, just fall asleep)
  • a survey by CR said replacing your mattress could improve your sleep too.
And here are some #1s of the month:
best 3D plasma tv - Panasonic Viera TC-P65VT25 ($4,300, 65")
best cheaper 3D plasma tv - Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT20 ($1800, 50")
best regular plasma tv - Samsung PN63C550 ($2100, 60")

best pocket camcorder - Kodak Play Sport Zx3 ($135)
best vacuum cleaner - Hoover all the way

best small SUV - Toyota RAV4
best small hatchback/wagon - Volkswagen Golf
best minivan - Toyota Sienna
from Consumer Reports, March 2011

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