Health, well-being, and your very life depend on adequate sleep, according to everydayhealth.com. The average person needs about 8 hours. You know you’ve gotten enough when you awake feeling refreshed and can stay alert through the day.

 

Unfortunately, more than one in three Americans fail to get enough sleep. The consequences can dire.

 

Set the stage for healthy sleep with this tip:

 

Create soothing bedtime routines. Take a warm bath, plus or minus 10 drops of lavender essential oil (dispersed with your fingertips before you step in). Stretch. Meditate. Practice slow, deep breathing–four counts on the inhalation, four on the exhalation.