Why Sleep Matters to Your Health

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  • It’s National Sleep Awareness Health Week
  • What Sleep Does for You
  • Other Benefits
  • How Much ZZZs Should We Get?
  • Blacks Don’t Get Enough Sleep
  • How Not Sleeping Can Harm You
  • Insomnia
  • Blacks, Snoring and Insomnia
  • Obesity and Sleep Apnea
  • Tips on Getting Better Sleep

What Sleep Does for You 

Sleep is so important for us. Sleep is our bodies’ way of healing and refueling. It also gives our brains time to process new information, strengthens our memories and is great for our mental health, productivity and mood. 

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