According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-quarter of the US population experiences sleep problems. And an estimated 40 million people suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

To help people get more sleep and realize the correlation between good sleep and good health, BeSmartBeWell.com is offering practical advice on how people can improve their quality of sleep.

Here are a few practical tips for better sleep:

  • Make time for sleep. Adults should aim for seven to eight hours of sleep a night; teens need about nine hours of sleep; school-aged children require 10 to 11 hours.
  • Get regular exercise. Research shows that people who exercise regularly report getting a good night’s sleep more often than non-exercisers. Even when they slept the same amount, exercisers reported better sleep.
  • Go screen-free at bedtime. The artificial light of screens on laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-readers, televisions, etc. can actually confuse the brain into thinking it’s earlier than it is. The brain then delays its normal release of melatonin, a hormone that causes sleepiness.

For more tips, visit BeSmartBeWell.com/sleep.

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