Recently, there has been much talk about immunity
Recently, there has been much talk about immunity - and we mean a lot! Are you getting enough vitamin D? Are you too stressed? How about exercising? Does it matter? How do we achieve herd immunity? If you work from home, you are probably already in your PJs and prepared for the number one way to boost your immunity.
Here's a hint: It's sleep.
It is not just an essential part of a healthy lifestyle - sleep is the foundation. Sleep is where we begin to build a more robust immune system (let's call it preventative medicine).
The body releases proteins called cytokines during sleep. They help promote sleep, but they also affect how your immune system functions.
It's Good for the Body. And Antibodies. While you sleep, your immune needs to boost specific cytokines when you have an infection or inflammation or when you're stressed since cytokines help your immune system communicate with the cells and trigger immune-system responses.
In addition, when you are sleep deprived, your immune system's ability to fight infection decreases.
“When you get a virus or infection, your immune system goes into overdrive,” said Ellen Wermter, board-certified nurse practitioner.
Because COVID-19, for instance, is a novel coronavirus, our immune system is starting from scratch. Thus, we need to keep it as healthy as possible to offer the best possible response.
It’s an excellent opportunity to find out . . . How to get a good night’s sleep
We spend one-third of our lives in bed.
Good quality sleep is vital to our health and well-being.
How to get a good night’s sleep: Things you should consider:
• We recommend you replace your bed at least every 7 years.
• A good quality bed with layers of natural materials.
• A good quality duvet made with natural fillings.
• A supportive and comfortable pillow with natural fillings.