In today’s fast-paced world, many of us are forced to juggle a multitude of priorities in our daily lives that compete for our time. Between meeting deadlines at work, demands at home, recreation, and personal time, we often compromise on sleep. While most of us can recover from the occasional sleepless night, those who habitually don’t get enough sleep over the course of months or years may face more long-term health consequences. It’s no wonder then that we find ourselves fatigued, stressed out, irritable, and maybe even battling a nagging cold or cough that just won’t go away. Not only does sleep deprivation impair cognitive functioning, memory, and mood, it also is linked to a weakened immune system and increased risk of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.
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