We can’t live without it, and we spend nearly a third of our entire lives doing it—yet few of us pay attention to the phenomenon of sleep.

But research shows that healthy sleep is a vital component of a flourishing life. Sleep deprivation, like starvation, can have damaging consequences to health and wellbeing. Learning to prioritize sleep in your life, create healthy sleeping patterns, and effectively manage sleep-related disorders can have a powerful effect on your overall wellbeing as well as the community, society, and culture within which you live and work.