Six for 2006: Six reasons not to scrimp on sleep

For good health, you need adequate sleep as much as you need regular exercise and a sensible diet. Here's why.

The National Sleep Foundation and other health organizations have reminded us that we don't get as much sleep as we used to — or as much as we should — and we're paying the price in drowsiness and fatigue that affect our physical and mental health and threaten public safety. Despite such warnings, our habits aren't changing much.

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