Sleep Better: How To Be A Star Sleeper

07/09/2012 08:25 am ET | Updated Jul 10, 2012

Instead of bragging about how little sleep we need, what if we rewarded star sleepers for their healthy habits?

First, we'd have to identify those key qualities that make someone good at sleep. A recent survey from Consumer Reports may offer some clues.

The publication asked more than 26,000 subscribers about their sleep habits. Nearly 60 percent reported feeling tired or having trouble falling or staying asleep at least three times a week. They cited common sleep stealers like work-related stress, health issues and money problems as the reasons they couldn't get enough quality shut-eye.

Many said they had at least once turned to over-the-counter sleep aids for relief, while others reported that techniques like mediation, yoga and white noise had eased their bedtime bothers.

However, not every respondent had bad news to share. Nearly 9,000 people said they had few or no sleep difficulties during the past 30 days. The survey found that these sleep stars share a couple of sleep-promoting healthy habits that really set them apart from those of us perpetually waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

By now you probably know that to get the best sleep, it’s important to make your bedroom a calm and soothing haven by keeping it cool, dark and quiet, and that you should ditch caffeine early in the day and keep technology out of the bedroom. But here are a few extra measure that help true sleep stars fall -- and stay -- asleep, plus why each one makes you a star.

What Makes A Star Sleeper?

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