Sleep and Health

The Takeaway

  • It can be tempting to trade sleep for a few precious hours of wakefulness, but it is important to consider the hidden costs. Sleep is precious, too.
  • Numerous studies have found that insufficient sleep increases a person’s risk of developing serious medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.


  • Lack of adequate sleep over time has been associated with a shortened lifespan.

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