Updated: Mar 3
By Allison Ray (Schleck) Jeraci
Good quality sleep is crucial for good health. With approaching deadlines, important meetings, exams on the horizon, and the regular hustle and bustle of life, sleep can disappear from the scene. Lacking adequate rest, we feel physically sluggish and mentally fatigued.
Long-term, repercussions of lost sleep can be serious. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, ongoing sleep deficiency is associated with an increase of kidney disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. We aren’t as sharp mentally, which reduces our productivity at work and impacts our decision-making and problem-solving skills. Lack of sleep also makes it harder to negotiate the range of emotions we might normally handle in a productive and healthy manner.