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Most people know that sleep is an important part of good health. But not everyone is as well versed on how to get those coveted Z's. "Sleep literacy could use a lot of work. The average amount of sleep Americans get has dropped by an hour to an hour and a half per night," says sleep expert Dr. Lawrence Epstein, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Epstein points out that people who get less sleep are more likely to develop obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. "People who sleep less don't live as long as people who sleep more," he warns.

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