7 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

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Adults need at least seven hours of sleep each night to promote optimal health and well-being, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society. Yet more than a third of Americans report they sleep less than that.

That’s a problem, because sleep deprivation is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, impaired cognitive functioning, mental health issues and increased motor vehicle accidents, among other issues, says Nathaniel Watson, M.D., co-director of the UW Medicine Sleep Center at Harborview Medical Center.

If you’re looking to improve your health, better sleep is the first step. Here’s how to get started.

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