sleeping womanSleep may no longer be, as Dr. Ellen Hughes once put it, “the forgotten key to health and wellness,” at least not among researchers. Through recent years, there have been quite a few interesting studies on the impact of sleep quantity and quality (and the lack of it!) on health.

Here’s a round-up of the 11 most interesting items we’ve run across over just the past year or so – items that may also serve as good inspiration for making the changes you need to ensure you routinely get enough sleep:

  1. Do You Sleep Binge on Weekends? (dna)
  2. Skimping on Sleep Can Stress Body & Brain (NPR)
  3. Why Being Sleep Deprived Is NOT a Sign of Productivity (
  4. Why Older Adults Should Aim for 8 Hours of Sleep (Futurity)
  5. It’s About Time: Disrupted Internal Clocks Play Role in Disease (ScienceDaily)
  6. Brains Sweep Themselves Clean of Toxins During SLeep (NPR)
  7. Insomnia: Sleep Loss Causes Brain Vulnerability to Toxic Elements (ScienceDaily)
  8. A Good Night’s Sleep Increases the Cardiovascular Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle (ScienceDaily)
  9. New Biological Links Between Sleep Deprivation & the Immune System Discovered (MedicalXpress)
  10. The Importance of Sleep & the Hazards of “Dream Deprivation” (

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