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Sleep’s most obvious benefit is energy. With a good night’s sleep, your mind is alert and your body is responsive and resilient. You can learn more quickly and better remember what you learned. Your judgment is more likely to be on target, and your reaction time optimized. On the other hand, lack of sleep can negatively affect your mood and your ability to think and function. Your productivity and your creativity are likely to be compromised as a result. This can translate into being less responsive to customers and employees, and less effective as a leader. You’re also more likely to make mistakes and have accidents.

Over time, lack of sleep can have consequences to your health. Heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, depression and anxiety are among the many conditions that have been linked to insufficient sleep.

For more information on what sleep does and why you need it to be an effective business owner and leader, check out this article from our partners at The Hartford. They also give you some simple tips for getting good sleep.