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A Natural Way to Relax and Fall Asleep Faster

According to Brown University Health Services, it should take me about 10 to 15 minutes to fall asleep. But quite honestly, I don't remember the last time that happened. Between reading for 30 minutes and tossing and turning for another 30, I'm in bed for almost an hour before I can actually fall asleep.

For me, prescription sleeping pills are out of the question. I've also gone the homeopathic route and taken melatonin on occasion. But to be perfectly honest, I don't think it does much for me. What I have is a case of the "over-active-mind-before-bed" accompanied with a case of the "I-keep-my-cell-phone-on-my-nightstand-at-night." If you are anything like me, chances are you just need to be able to relax and tune out the noise before bed.

So now I do a 20-minute yoga ritual before bed that helps me relax and fall asleep faster - and deeper. Can't fall asleep? Give it a go.

You can see the full slideshow with directions on how to do every pose here.

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– Luz

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Luz Plaza is LIVESTRONG.COM’s managing editor. She’s into fitness, nutrition, happy and healthy living, as well as indulging a little. She’s forever against the one-size-fits-all approach. Previously, she produced content for Beachbody and TeamBeachbody.

You can follow her on Twitter at @LuzPlaza

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