Changing sleep patterns. What can the tired American do to get a normal night of slumber? Recognizing that you are sleep-deprived is a good first step, notes Kram. "People believe and are convinced 6 hours of sleep is sufficient, but it's not," says Kram. He adds that the good news is once you start having longer, quality nights of sleep, you can begin to restore normal hormonal functions quickly. Roust suggests learning how to relax in the evening by taking a warm bath, turning off the TV and phone, and preparing for bedtime. Your health depends on it.