The importance of sleep and how it affects our overall health

We’ve all heard the saying, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” It seems easy to go without a lot of sleep, thanks to television, social media, household chores or any number of tasks that fill up our days and nights. But, according to researchers, we’re doing our health a great disservice by not prioritizing sleep.
“Sleep was one of the earliest behavioral risk factors identified by researchers,” says Daniel J. Buysse, MD, UPMC Professor of Sleep Medicine and professor of psychiatry and of clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh. “We know other behavioral risk factors get a lot of attention—diet, exercise and smoking, for example—but sleep is one of the pillars of health.”


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