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These secrets to getting more sleep could change your life

How much sleep do we really need?

CLEVELAND — If you find it hard to sleep, listen up!

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 43 percent of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night's sleep. More than half of them say they experience insomnia almost every night.

Experts say knowing how much you should be sleeping can help you get more accomplished during the day, and establishing a good bedtime routine is important.

We sat down with Dr. Harneet Walia, a sleep doctor from the Cleveland Clinic, and she gave us three tips to help you sleep better.

Tip number 1: Associate the bed with sleep

“If it’s been 20 minutes or so, leave the bed do something uninteresting. Then come back to bed when you’re sleepy.”

Tip number 2: No cell phones in bed

“The whole idea is for people to learn is that the bed is just for sleep, not to check your e-mails or social media.”

Tip number 3: Make sleep a priority

“It should be the top thing in your wellness plan.”

If you stick to this routine, you won’t wake up feeling like the Grinch. You’ll be well rested and ready to go!

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