12/03/2014 07:54 am ET

Here Are 3 Ways To Get More Restful Sleep Tonight

It's no secret that sleep is crucial to our concentration, health and happiness. On the flip side, not getting enough sleep can lead to serious health problems over time, such as heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Despite all the information we have about sleep, nearly half of Americans report not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night, according to a 2013 study.

So how can we put an end to that? James Clear, a writer focused on behavior science, laid down a few ground rules for getting a better night's sleep in the above video for Entrepreneur.com. They include exercising and eating better, reducing light and sound, and drinking alcohol. Think you can handle that?

If you try Clear's three simple tips and still can't seem to catch all the Zzs you need, find time to take a 20-minute nap. According to Harvard Men's Health Watch, even a short snooze can boost alertness and concentration.



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