Do you often ask yourself, "Why am I so tired?"

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 percent of women and 10 percent of men often feel tired everyday.

Sleep is very important to the human body. We need sleep for our body to function correctly, think clearly and stay focused, especially when we are behind the wheel of the car.When we get less than 6 to 7 hours of sleep each night. Sleep is often an under appreciated commodity yet it affects every aspect of our life.

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.

Here are 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