(CNN) - Getting a good night's sleep can make all the difference in the way you feel, and sleep is important to stay healthy. But for many people, grabbing the right amount isn't always easy.
Sleep experts say the average person needs six to eight hours of sleep a day. There are tips out there to help you sleep better, but which ones work?
Shut off electronics before you hit the sack. Sleep experts say it's best to put your laptop away at least an hour before you go to bed. And make your room as dark as possible. Light disturbs sleeping patterns.
"No more TV, computer, phone, none of that stuff, in the bedroom, do it outside of the bedroom," Dr. Neal Maru said.
You could try melatonin, a natural hormone in the body that regulates your circadian rhythm and tells you when it's time for bed. Travelers who suffer from jet lag sometimes take synthetic melatonin to re-set their body clocks.
"We get a rise in melatonin during the night. Typically that rise starts about two hours before a preferred bedtime," Maru said.
In some cases taking melatonin works, but if you have a serious sleep disorder, like sleep apnea, you need to see a doctor.
Take a nap, grabbing a 20 minute snooze can make all the difference. But sleeping too long can cause you to wake during your deepest stages of sleep, which will make you just as tired as if you didn't nap at all. So make it quick or keep it to over 90 minutes.
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