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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Sleep is so important now that school is just about in session for everyone, and if your little one has trouble falling asleep, chances are you've tried a bedtime story to help them relax.

That is where Dr. Nisha Patel comes in. She is a full-time ophthalmologist, but felt compelled to write a children's book for several reasons.

On Friday, Dr. Patel talked to us about her reasons for writing "Princess Avni Gets Her Beauty Sleep."

"I'm also a mother. I have three children. My oldest child, when she was 3, we were always trying to find a way to get her go to sleep. I thought 'let me write this story.' I decided to put it in print. It worked helping her go to sleep, thinking healthy thoughts to help her relax.

"It's also about our culture, a South Asian princess, Princess Avni obviously named after her," said Dr. Patel.

Find out about the books local roots and more in the video.

Dr. Nisha Patel tells us why she decided to write a book and what it's about.

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