Lawyers are typically high-achieving people for whom sleep is just one of many sacrifices along the course of their advancement, but that lack of sleep can have dire consequences, reports The American Lawyer.

“Does becoming a lawyer cause depression? I’m often asked that. And I say no, it does not. But is it a significant risk factor for depression? Yes. It is,” said Dan Lukasik, founder of, and director of the Workplace Well-Being for the Mental Health Association in Buffalo, New York.