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Is the Election Keeping You Up? Tech Hacks to Help You Sleep Soundly

Instead of counting sheep, do you find yourself wide awake at night counting Trump supporters?
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Instead of counting sheep, do you find yourself wide awake at night counting political jibes?

Many Americans already toss and turn at night — and the stress of the election season likely isn't helping. Even the American Psychological Association has issued coping tips to help ease the daily stress.

We can't make those thoughts of Hillary's private email server or Trump's lewd comments go away. However, when it comes to getting some shut eye, there are a few tech hacks that can help set the stage for a good night's sleep.

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Filter the Blue Light on Your Screen

You don't have to banish electronics before bed. If you like reading on an iOS device, turn on nightshift by going to settings, display and brightness. You can either manually turn it on or schedule nightshift to switch its colors to the warmer end of the spectrum as night falls, helping prepare you for bedtime.

Android users have the choice of a number of apps that will do the trick, such as Twilight or Night Mode Enabler.

Amazon also has a feature called Blue Shade that makes its Kindle Fire tablets easier on the eyes at night. Try it by swiping down from the top of the screen to get to settings. Then choose display and "Blue Shade." You can also drag the slider bar to find the ideal brightness.

Don't Snuggle With Your Phone

We know many people use their smartphone as an alarm clock, so if you must keep it in the room, make sure it's far enough away that you're not tempted to peek at it in the night.

This will allow you to resist the urge to check it if — perhaps — you hear a push alert letting you know Donald Trump is on another 3 a.m. Twitter rant.

Learn About Your Sleep Habits

Sure, you could wear a Fitbit or Jawbone on your wrist, or buy a smart mattress cover such as the one from Eight; however; one easy way to start learning about your sleep habits is with a free app (with premium options) called Sleep Cycle.

Sleep Cycle is available for iOS and Android users. It detects movement through sound, to give you a clearer picture via a graph, showing when you tossed and turn during the night. It will also give you a wake up call during a window of your choosing, finding the moment when you're in your lightest stage of sleep and likely to wake up the most refreshed.

Chill Out

Instead of falling asleep to television pundits and replays of the day's election rallies, try Pzizz.

This free app for iOS and Android uses a random algorithm to create a new, customizable soundtrack every night. You can tailor it to your preferences, getting everything from music and sound effects to affirmations.

Users can their preferred length of the mix — ranging from 10 minutes to 12 hours.

If only Pzizz had a mode gently reassuring us all that our country will get back to normal after November 8.