For many, getting a good night's sleep feels like a fantasy. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared insufficient sleep a public health problem: An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep or wakefulness disorder.
"What people need to remember is that sleep is built into our system, so it's abnormal that we have problems with it," says Shawn Stevenson, author of Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success and creator of The Model Health Show.
Stevenson believes that many adults aren't giving sleep the credit it deserves. "Our common paradigm, the common way we think today, is that if you're not working hard, then you're not going to win," explains Stevenson. "Sleep is literally your body saying, 'You can take rest.' But it's hard for us to wrap our minds around that."
If that sounds all-too-familiar, give these four simple sleep solutions a try and see if you can make a good night's sleep your new reality.