When it comes to overall health, sleep plays an important role. Sleep gives your body time to recover and repair itself, as well as replenish your energy.
Many people overlook the value of a good night’s rest and the overall impact it can have on your health. While more sleep won’t necessarily prevent you from getting sick, less sleep can certainly have an adverse effect on your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to getting sick.
Sleep Helps Immune Response Time
- This is in large part due to the fact that sleep fosters production of your body's "fighter" T cells. White blood cells that play a critical role in the immune system's response to viruses. (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324432)
- Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation. Cytokines are produced and released during sleep. (https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-sleep-affects-your-immunity)
Many disease fighting hormones, proteins and chemicals are created and released during the hours we sleep. A lack of sleep leads to a lack of availability of these substances to help fight off potential viruses or bacteria we encounter.
If you cannot get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night, try to organize your schedule to get into bed 15 minutes earlier at night. That may go a long way to helping you fall asleep sooner. Setting your morning alarm 5 minutes later instead of "snoozing" it in the morning, may also help. Hitting the snooze button may feel great, but the extra 5 or 10 minutes of interrupted sleep doesn't help as much, since the rest cycle has been disturbed.
Most people at some point have experienced the impact not getting enough sleep can have. It may lead to headaches, a feeling of fatigue, and difficulty getting through daily activities. The lesser felt effects such as reduced immunity and recovery, may be more detrimental to the noticeable effects. Although getting a good night of sleep will not make you immune to everything, but it help your body to be ready to fight back against viruses and bacteria.
There are many breathing techniques, types of meditation, and other ways to help calm your mind and promote a restful state. If you are having trouble sleeping, there are also a few different herbal remedies that may help.
We have a great breakdown on melatonin and how it may help you sleep here.
Valerian Root -
Valerian root may help promote a relaxed state.
Beyond the simpler herbal remedies, there are many products that combine these, with other sleep inducing or improving ingredients. They may be better alternatives for someone struggling to get a full restful night of sleep. Here are a few of our best sellers
You can find an in-depth breakdown of Lights Out here.