Consistently getting good sleep is imperative to a healthy, well-functioning immune system to defend ourselves from most viruses in the air. After all sleep is a natural immune booster for all ages. The healing properties of sleep as a natural aid to recover fast has been more sought than its role in prevention.
Sleep improves our immune cells, scientifically known as T cells, that fight against intracellular pathogens, such as flu, HIV, cancer cells and other threatening microorganisms. T Cells are white blood cells that play a critical part in the immune system’s response to viruses.
The symbiotic relationship between sleep and immune system has been known to mankind since time. Children were always asked to stay indoors and sleep in for maximum protection against any raging viruses in the air. In present times, there is even greater awareness on sleep and its intrinsic relationship to a strong system.
In the absence of any known cure for Coronavirus as it continues to spread to countries outside China, we can only safeguard ourselves with increased focus on building our strength to combat all unknown new strains of viruses.
While sleep alone cannot be our insurance, we do need to look at how closely it is related to our immunity.
How it works:
According to Mayo clinic studies, people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus.
During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don't get enough sleep.
So, your body certainly needs sleep to fight infectious diseases.
Your immune system detects infections and accordingly combats it. According to The Sleep Doctor, “The Immune system gets activated when it recognizes antigens, or toxins and other foreign substances to your body. This triggers a response, where the immune system develops antibodies or cells specifically designed to fight the invader. Once these antibodies are produced, the immune system will keep a file and use it again if it ever runs into the same issue; this is why you typically only fight the chicken pox once in your life.”
How much sleep needed?
The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is seven to eight hours of good sleep each night. Teenagers need nine to 10 hours of sleep. Young children may need 10 or more hours of sleep.
A good, deep sleep is key to building your body’s defense system.
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