One of my favorite topics is the importance of sleep. Sadly in today's world, many brag about the how few hours of sleep they get a night as a testament of how productive they are with their lives. Unfortunately, these folks have been misled by a cultural misconception. The affects of the lack of sleep can be severe. This article highlights 20 important benefits of sleep. The affects of sleep deprivation can be amplified in adolescent years as the brain is being reconstructed. As our oldest students begin preparing for their exams in May, it is critical for them to get as much sleep as possible to achieve peak performance. But this is also true for all of us. It is important for adults in students' lives to role model balance and emphasize the crucial role that sleep plays in a happy healthy life.