Although people often say they need "beauty rest," science shows sleep is important to a lot more than appearance. Research shows that inadequate sleep can increase the risk a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.

There is also a strong connection between sleep and weight gain. Adults who sleep fewer than 7 hours a night are more likely to be overweight. Meanwhile, children who don't get enough sleep are at higher risk for childhood obesity and more likely to be overweight in adulthood. For more information about sleep, and to watch the featured video, go to besmartbewell.com/sleep/htm

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