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Once you've got a good sleep schedule, stop sleeping in! The American Academy of Sleep Medicine notes that more time awake during daylight hours increases your levels of vitamin D, which the body synthesizes when skin is exposed to sun. Soaking up the [limited in January/February] sun is a great way to beat those winter doldrums!
This might all sound great, but do you think that you're genetically programmed to sleep late? Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center disagree! They looked at variations in circadian rhythms and found that there's actually only an hour range of difference in natural wake times. So get out of bed, sleepy head and make rising with the sun your routine this year. I bet you'll have a more productive and healthy 2014!