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What do sleep doctors do when they can't fall asleep at night ? They listen to Max Richter's 'Sleep' / HUFFPOST

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We all deal with sleepless nights from time to time ― and yes, that includes experts like sleep doctors. Though having trouble falling (or staying) asleep can be distressing, it may be comforting to know that it's a common problem. According to a 2016 Consumer Reports survey, 68% of Americans struggle with sleep at least once a week. "It's perfectly normal for all of us to have poor sleep or insomnia, but it becomes more of an issue for people that begin to become anxious and fixated on their sleep," Ruchir P. Patel, medical director of the Insomnia and Sleep Institute of Arizona, told HuffPost. "Remember, if you have a bad night here or there, it's normal. The more you stress about your sleep, the less it will return back towards normal."

Stressing over sleep creates more anxiety, which only exacerbates the problem. We asked sleep doctors to share the tips, tricks or other advice they follow when they personally have trouble sleeping. Some you can implement during the day as preventive measures; others you can try on a sleepless night. Sleep experts share the tips they swear by. One is that they listen to soothing music.

"I will listen to Max Richter's ‘Sleep' in the background, as this is very unique classical music where he worked with neuroscientists to create music utilizing tones that can help to relax the mind and assist with sleep. My wife and I also use it for our 15-month-old baby since he was born and [it] has helped him too." -Patel

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