12/04/2011 11:22 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Myths About Sleep, Busted

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

I'm lucky that I don't (usually) have trouble falling -- or staying -- asleep. But there are definitely nights, sometimes even stretches of nights, where I don't get enough sleep -- and I'm not alone: an estimated 50-70 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control, don't get enough sleep. (Get three simple tips to help you beat insomnia here.)

It's then that I want to make every last minute of shut-eye count. And that means knowing what can actually help me sleep and what hinders sleep. Here are six sleep myths to ignore, as reported in EatingWell Magazine.

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Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.
Brierley's interest in nutrition and food come together in her position as an associate editor at EatingWell. Brierley holds a master's degree in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. A Registered Dietitian, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont.