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What Sleep Disorders Can Teach Us About Getting A Better Night's Rest

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The cover of "Sleepyhead" is pictured.

A third of U.S. adults report getting less than the recommended seven hours of sleep each night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In “Sleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a Good Night’s Rest,” science writer Henry Nicholls explores what sleep disorders can teach us about how to improve our sleep.

Nicholls joins KPBS Midday Edition Thursday to discuss how his experience with narcolepsy led him to write "Sleepyhead," which helped him improve his own sleep.

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Tips from Nicholls for improving sleep:

  • Wake up and go to bed at the same time during the week and weekend
  • Keep televisions and cell phones out of the bedroom
  • If you snore, consult a doctor to make sure you don't have sleep apnea
In “Sleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a Good Night’s Rest,” science writer Henry Nicholls explores sleep.