We all have demands on our time-school, family, errands-not to mention finding time to relax. To fit everything in, we often sacrifice sleep. Lack of sleep affects both mental and physical health. When you're tired, you can't function at your best. Sleep helps you think more clearly, have quicker reflexes and focus better. Research also shows that lack of sleep increases the risk for obesity, heart disease and infections.
Although personal needs vary, on average, adults need 7 - 8 hours of sleep while teenagers and young children need at least 9 - 10 hours of sleep each night. To make each day a safe, productive one, take steps to make sure you regularly get a good night's sleep.