When was the last time you got a really good night’s sleep? Sleep is so important for virtually every dimension of our lives, and it’s something we often neglect. Sleep helps with mood regulation, cognitive functioning, and our immune system to name just a few essential processes that sleep relates to. In fact, some researchers argue that sleep is the single most important factor for our health and wellbeing, being even more important that diet or exercise. Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night but do not get the sleep they need. And children need even more sleep. It’s estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans have a chronic sleep disorder. This article by the American Psychological Association describes ways that people can achieve more and better sleep, and how psychologists can help. Let me know what you think and sweet dreams!