Do you often ask yourself, "Why am I so tired?" While many people make a resolution to eat better and exercise more, they often forget how important a good night's sleep is to overall health. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 15 percent of women and 10 percent of men often feel tired everyday. Sleep is often an under-appreciated commodity yet it affects every aspect of our life.  

We need sleep for our  body to function correctly, think clearly and stay focused, especially when we are behind the wheel of the car.

Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep isn’t only about total hours of sleep. It’s also important to get good quality sleep on a regular schedule so you feel rested when you wake up. If you often have trouble sleeping – or if you often still feel tired after sleeping – talk with your doctor. There could be an underlying medical issue that is affecting your sleep.

Sleep is so important to the human body, it should be at the top of or resolution list. Here's the top six benefits of a good night's sleep and how you can get more of them.

  • 1

    Get sick less often

  • 2

    Maintain a healthy weight

  • 3

    Lower your risk for serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease

  • 4

    Improve your mood, reduce depression, and get along better with others.

  • 5

    Make good decisions, avoid accidents, especially behind the wheel

  • 6

    Think more clearly and do better in school and at work