Coronavirus -How A Good Night’s Sleep Can Help You Fight Back
Sleep is a natural immune booster. While lack of sleep or sleep deprivation, can adversely affect your immune system. Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold, or the Coronavirus. Quality sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.
A healthy immune system can fight off many infections. A sleep-deprived immune system doesn’t work as well. In one study, researchers found 164 men and women willing to be exposed to the cold virus. Not everyone became sick. But those who regularly slept less than six hours a night were 4.2 times more likely to catch the cold compared with those who got more than seven hours of sleep. Risk was even higher when a person slept less than five hours a night. Long-term lack of sleep also increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart and cardiovascular disease.
So how much sleep do you need to bolster your immune system?
The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night. Teenagers need nine to 10 hours of sleep. School-aged children may need 10 or more hours of sleep.
The coronavirus outbreak that has everyone searching for answers. Making sure we consistently get a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways we can improve our immunity and defend against viruses and disease.
If you are not getting quality sleep, or if you suspect you may have a sleep disorder, contact the team at Comprehensive Sleep Care Center at 703-729-3420 or visit our website www.comprehensivesleepcare.com. We have nine convenient locations located in the DMV.