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For a Restful Night, Make Your Smartphone Sleep on the Couch

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We’ve all been there. You wake up in the middle of the night and grab your smartphone to check the time — it’s 3 a.m. — and see an alert. Before you know it, you fall down a rabbit hole of e-mail and Twitter. Sleep? Forget it.

Well, I’ve found a $7 solution: an old-fashioned alarm clock. My smartphone has been banished from the bedroom.

Sure, you can flip your phone to quiet mode. But the draw to roam in the early hours is powerful. Sleep researchers say this isn’t good for you. You might as well get up and drink a shot of espresso.

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