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Coming of age: 40 of the most surprising and inspiring tips

by Kristina Grish
 
(31-35)
 
31. Prepare your body to sleep
 
Logging eight hours of shut-eye can make you look as much as three years younger, says Amy Wechsler, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist. But if you have trouble relaxing into a sound slumber, prepare for it with a series of bedtime rituals: Don't drink caffeine four to six hours before bed; eat a frill meal three hours before hitting the hay; and turn off electronics an hour before sleep.
 
32. Brush you skin
 
using a soft, natural bristle brash, make short, quick sweeps on your body and face, starting at your feet and brushing toward your heart. "This exfoliates skin and increases circulation," says Debra Luftman, M.D., a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based dermatologist, which helps you glow.
 
 
33. Switch positions
 
According to traditional Chinese medicine, specific areas of the genitals are linked to your internal organs. "This is one way Chinese medicine believes having regular sex affects overall health," says Jill Blakeway, L.Ac., an herbalist and co-director of Yin Ova Center in New York City. "To achieve inner balance, you must stimulate all of the genital organs and not just one bit of them, which might overstimulate one particular organ at the expense of others." Vary positions during sex to make sure all your parts get the attention they need.
 
 
34. Take more naps
 
 
"The brain gets slower as we age, in terms of reaction and processing time, but it rebounds when we sleep," says Chapman. "In the long run, sleep staves off those losses." Indeed, a 2009 University of California, Berkeley, study found that sleep helps the brain consolidate ideas. While naps don't count as part of your requisite seven to eight hours, they can help restore brain function if you didn't get your fill the night before.
 
 
35. Believe you're getting better with age
 
 
Dilip Jeste, M.D., director of the University of California, San Diego's Stein Institute for Research on Aging, says people who think they're aging well aren't necessarily the healthiest physically. "Yet they generally possess a positive, yet realistic, attitude about their lives and an ability to adapt to change," he says. Tend to look at the glass as half empty? Try writing three positive things that happen each day in a journal to help redirect your thoughts.