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En español l We now know that there are many things you should not do in the privacy of your own bedroom — such as scarfing up a carton of cold carryout instead of a proper dinner, turning your haven into an office with computers and phones blatting, or watching a horror movie before a sweet midsummer night's dream.

Yet, did you know that your bedroom can be not only a haven of intimacy and solace, but the staging ground for several effortless things that can help you live a longer, sweeter life? It's true. Read on.

Take the time to dine in. — Alamy

1. Have Breakfast in Bed

Take your coffee, tea and toast to bed and begin your day — slowly. Contrary to what we're so often inclined to do, don't hit the ground running. Studies at Harvard University and in many other medical settings show that the risk of having a heart attack is highest during the first few hours of the day. The cardiovascular system needs more blood and oxygen to get started at a time when the blood vessels are most constricted, which is the case after an extended period of rest. A calm, paced start to your day protects not only your heart but your peace of mind.

Woman stretching on bed. 7 things you can do in your bedroom for your health. (Gary John Norman/Getty Images)

Reach and stretch. — Gary John Norman/Getty Images

2. Stretch When You Get Up

However restful your night, you'll wake with some tight muscles. After your shower, but before you hit the road or the desk, stretch. The Mayo Clinic says a morning stretch is a natural instinct that can have mega health benefits. A five-minute stretch starting with the neck, progressing to the arms and shoulders and lower back and calves improves circulation, boosts joint health and increases flexibility. You'll feel great, and those warmed-up, stronger muscles will carry you safely through the day. When you're supple instead of stiff as you move about, you'll be less likely to hurt yourself.

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