Sleep is one of the best ways to help your body to repair, leverage the immune system against colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections, decrease inflammation, avoid cognitive decline, digestive issues, impair glucose metabolism and obesity.
Monika Haack, a psychoneuroimmunologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston says: “We have a lot of evidence that if you have an adequate amount of sleep, you definitely can help to prevent or fight any kind of infection,”… “How many deaths can you prevent if you sleep properly, or how much less is the severity of your symptoms? I think that needs more research.”
For people, chronic sleep deprivation has long-term consequences, too, raising risks for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and depression.
Growing evidence also shows that sleep deprivation impairs a person’s ability to fight off a disease once they are infected. In a number of studies, people with sleep disorders, people who catch less than five or six hours of shut-eye per night, and people with low levels of sleep efficiency (the percentage of time spent snoozing during the night) report higher rates of respiratory illnesses, head colds, and related ills.
In studies of colds and influenza, infected people with poor sleep show worse symptoms, probably because elevated levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines interfere with T cells and other immune cells.
In our Learning center you can find free access to Webinar: The power of sleep, quality and quantity matters.
Webinar Themes: The Power of Sleep
- Why Sleep Is Key
- Sleep facts
- What sleep can do
- Understanding Sleep
- Sleep Cycles
- REM vs NREM
- the Circadian rhythm (Chinese Medicine Clock)
- What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough
- When you don’t get enough
- Sleep depravation & metabolic chaos
- Increased appetite & poor sleep
- The true about sleep debt
- Factor affecting sleep
- Tools To Improve Sleep
- Sleep technology
- Sleep diary
- Putting It All Together