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Most of us spend nearly one third of our lives asleep. Sleep helps our brains work the right way. While we sleep, our brains form new pathways to help us learn. If we don't get enough sleep, we may have trouble focusing, making choices, controlling our feelings and solving problems. Lack of sleep has also been linked to depression and other health problems.
To help yourself get a better night's sleep:
Get up and go to bed at the same time each day.
Keep a calming bedtime routine.
Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
While you sleep, your brain gets ready for the next day. Whether you're learning how to play golf or drive a car, or you're studying for a test, a good night's sleep can help you learn better, pay attention and be more creative.
Studies show that driving drowsy can hurt your ability to drive as much or more than drunk driving. An estimated 100,000 car crashes and 1,500 deaths are caused by sleepy drivers. So get a good night's sleep for yourself and for those around you.
Sources: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and National Sleep Foundation