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Sleep plays an important role in good health and well-being throughout all stages of life. Getting enough sleep can help protect your mental and physical health, quality of life, and safety. Recommended hours of sleep vary by age group (see How Much Sleep Do I Need?).

Not enough sleep can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, a weakened immune system, poor mental health, and even obesity. It can also be responsible for car and machine-related accidents. It can impair attention, concentration and problem solving abilities. Over time, lack of sleep can contribute to signs of depression and anxiety.

Daily routines and behaviors can have a significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Creating healthy habits can help you sleep soundly and avoid restless nights. In more extreme cases, your doctor may have you undergo an evaluation by a sleep specialist. 

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where breathing stops and starts repeatedly. Speak with your doctor if you snore loudly or feel tired after a full night’s rest as these can be symptoms.