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Understanding How Sleep Affects The Immune System

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Everyone feels better after a good night's sleep. You're able to function at a higher level both physically and mentally when you get enough rest. On the other hand, lack of sleep increases the risk of developing health problems. Let's look at how sleep affects the immune system and your overall health. 

Lack of sleep interferes with T-lymphocyte cells, which support the immune system. T-cells are essential for fighting bugs such as the flu as well as long-term illnesses. If you frequently get colds or the flu, this is a sign of a compromised immune system. Research indicates that people who get less than six hours of sleep per night are more likely to get colds than those who sleep more. While being home with a cold is no fun for anyone, it's actually dangerous for older people, who are at greater risk for pneumonia.

There's a close relationship between sleep and stress. Stress contributes to weakened immune system responses. When you don't get sufficient rest, it places more stress on your entire body. Of course, it's also true that stress makes it more difficult to sleep. Both stress and sleep deprivation are also associated with weight gain

Many factors contribute to stress and a weakened immune system. It's essential to eat well and exercise regularly. Additionally, how well you sleep is just as important as how many hours you spend in bed. Sleeping seven or eight hours continuously is always better than waking up frequently throughout the night. Sleeping in a quiet room, having a mattress that supports you and going to bed at a reasonable hour are all helpful for getting better quality sleep.

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