Sleep experts weighed in on an advice piece for Time Magazine. 

“I used to say sleep was the third pillar [of health],” said Dr. Matthew Walker, director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley during an expert panel on sleep at Fortune‘s Brainstorm Health conference on Wednesday. “I was absolutely wrong. It’s the foundation.”

But even though people know they should get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, it’s not always that easy. Here are the six sleep tips from from the pros assembled at the panel.

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