11 Surprising Health Benefits Of Sleep

02/03/2011 08:40 am ET | Updated Dec 18, 2012
  • Alyssa Sparacino Health.com

Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. 



"Sleep used to be kind of ignored, like parking our car in a garage and picking it up in the morning," says David Rapoport, M.D., director of the NYU Sleep Disorders Program.



Not anymore. Here are some health benefits researchers have discovered about a good night's sleep.

Surprising Health Benefits Of Sleep