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Experts say take your sleep seriously; Sleep Awareness Week


Sleeping is the last thing you complete in your day, but that doesn't mean it should be the last thing on your mind.

Sunday marks the final day in Sleep Awareness Week, and sleep technicians in Rapid City say they want you to take your snoozing seriously. Leroy Lockwood, a technician at Rapid City's Regional Sleep Health Center, says sleeping rejuvenates and restores your body, but it's not just about making sure you're not tired. He says lack of sleep also affects your heart and your weight. 

Lockwood recommends a sleep routine; going to bed and waking up at the same time. One thing that may be messing up your sleeping patter is electronics. "Get those out of there. Your bedroom is for sleeping," says Lockwood. "You don't even really want an alarm clock in there. You want something that can wake you up, but you don't want anything you can see because you can wake up and look at the time and you'll get worried."

Lockwood says adults need between seven and nine hours. 


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