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Why should I track my sleep?

Wendy Batts
Fitness
The most important reason to track your sleep is that sleep is good for your health, so you need to be sure you're getting enough of it. Research has shown that getting the recommended 7-9 hours per night can:
  • Decrease your chance of motor vehicle accidents
  • Lessen your likelihood of obesity, since sleep deprivation can increase appetite
  • Reduce your risk of diabetes and heart problems
  • Improve your concentration, reaction time and memory
  • Boost your moods and creativity
  • Enhance your immune system to help ward off colds and infections
  • Increase regulation of appetite, energy use and weight control
Resource: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/sleep/healthy_sleep.pd

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