Lullaby to sleep

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February 13, 2000|By KAROL V. MENZIE | KAROL V. MENZIE,SUN STAFF

Sleeping. We spend a third of our lives doing it, and yet we have to learn how, and some of us still have trouble with it after many years. Some sleep scientists believe most of us are getting 6 hours of sleep a night, when we actually need 8 or 10.

Sleep experts say the key to getting to sleep is to have a routine, a set of behaviors practiced faithfully every night to "wind you down" and lead you into dreamland. Some suggested activities are stretching exercises to relax tension, drinking hot caffeine-free tea, or luxuriating in a warm bath. But manufacturers are increasingly offering an array of new products designed to bring better rest to the weary. Here's a sample:

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