"As a nation we are not getting enough sleep," said Dr. Wayne Giles, director of CDC's Division of Population Health. So, why should you care? You don't have time for sleep between taking care of the kids, working out, working, grocery shopping and keeping the house clean ... to name a few. However, by cutting sleep, you are dramatically increasing your RISK of OBESITY, HEART DISEASE, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CORONARY HEART DISEASE, STROKE, FREQUENT MENTAL DISTRESS AND ALL-CAUSE MORTALITY (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Feeling like you need a nap now? Check out this article for the full scoop on why Zzzz's are not a luxury, but a necessity.