Getting a good eight hours of sleep keeps your body functioning at its best — from keeping your appetite in check to lowering blood pressure. A recent study has even shown that sleep protects your brain. Beyond health, proper sleep increases productivity and even the ability to enjoy life. Yet 40 percent of Americans don’t get enough, according to a December 2013 Gallup poll. And according to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2011 Sleep in America poll, a leading cause of sleepless nights is gadgets in the bedroom. Although many electronic devices hinder sleep, advances in technology have also brought a number of tools that can help us get more Zzz’s and make counting sheep a thing of the past.
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