A lack of sleep can lower your immunity and leave you more susceptible to viruses like the flu or common cold. If you are already sick and you are not getting good quality sleep, you will take longer to recover too.
The immune system is our defense against infections, foreign organisms and viruses, helps to heal wounds, and gives us all round protection to stay healthy. When the immune system senses a threat, it releases leukocytes and cytokines that signal and coordinate an ‘attack’ on the foreign invaders. Our bodies respond with redness, swelling, inflammation and/or fever to start fighting off the foreign invader, or heal an injury.
How sleep improves immune function
Sleep is detrimental to our immune response. When we sleep, our bodies produce cytokines (proteins) that help to fight off infection. Studies have shown that people who do not get enough sleep have a decreased production of these important proteins. The body works on strengthening the immune system during the nighttime as part of our natural 24-hour circadian rhythm, or body clock. Sleep also helps to improve the immune system’s memory. This is especially important for adaptive immunity, the process where the immune system is able to remember and recognize pathogens and synthesize antigens.
When we do not get enough sleep, in the short-term or long-term, it will affect our immune response. If you pick up a common cold virus, it will take longer for you to recover and the symptoms will be more severe because of your lowered immune response. This is why doctors always recommend taking a few days off if you are sick and ‘sleeping out’ the virus. Rest will help boost your immunity
A good bed, mattress and pillow will help a great deal to improve your sleep time and sleep quality. Getting a good night’s rest to allow your body’s immune system to gear up for the next day is extremely important for living a healthy life. Especially in the time of COVID-19, we need to have a fighting immune system. If you ensure that you have a comfortable bed, you know you are one step closer to better sleep and a stronger immune system. Boost your immunity with better sleep
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