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Fourteen Tips for Getting More Sleep — and Why It Matters.

Feeling sleepy? Give it up!

Asleep

Since I started my happiness project, I’ve become more and more convinced of the importance of sleep to happiness. That’s why I proposed “Get more sleep” as the very first resolution of the 2010 Happiness Challenge (see the video here). Many researchers argue that not getting enough sleep has broad health consequences, such as raising your risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even obesity, but in addition to those, it has a profound effect on happiness and energy level. We get accustomed to being sleep-deprived, and although at first, we notice the effect on mood and alertness, before long, we adjust to that state as normal. So even if you insist that you feel fine, if you got more sleep, you might feel a lot better.

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