My students know that I harp on the importance of sleep, and with good reason. There is so much research coming to the fore lately regarding the impact of sleep habits on all of our bodily functions. Some of this research is happening at UAB. This article notes that lack of sleep can impact our weight, which in turn impacts everything else.
Use this holiday break to get into good sleep habits. Many of us feel the need to "catch up" this time of year. Try to get into a healthy pattern that you can maintain throughout the next semester! Your body (and your mind) will thank you.