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Sleep Matters

[dropcap]Getting[/dropcap] a good night’s sleep is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle.

Sure, sleep makes you feel better, but researchers have found that it also benefits your overall health, specifically, the health of your heart, weight and even mind.

It’s true. In addition to sleep deprivation affecting the immune system and its ability to fight off illnesses like the common cold and flu, long-term insufficient sleep patterns (less than seven hours per night) increase your odds of diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease, stroke, arthritis, premature aging – even weight gain (sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same part of the brain).

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Your mind stays at work while you are sleeping, strengthening memories and practicing skills learned while awake. In addition to boosting your creativity and focus, getting plenty of sleep also helps to reduce stress and avoid accidents.

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