This morning when I woke up and checked my emails (a disturbingly common habit for me – especially with so much more time at home and literally hundreds of emails a day!). One of the medical journals targeting physicians that I receive regularly had an article titled “How to boost your immune system during the COVID 19 pandemic”. I was pleasantly surprised to see that their ‘talking’ points were the same as the talking points ‘we’ have had over the last several weeks;o)! Times are changing…
Yesterday we talked about how important sleep is for staying healthy. Today I would like to share what this article – sent to physicians – has to say about it:
“Get enough sleep. Sleep and the immune system are old friends that have been linked since time immemorial. Sleep reboots your mind and your body, so it’s no surprise that it also reboots your immune system. Not getting enough sleep causes your body to increase its production of stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline. This elevation in stress hormones doesn’t just keep you awake – it also puts stress on the immune system.
In one study, researchers found that getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night can make you 4 times less likely to catch a cold compared with less than 6 hours per night. In another, researchers studied sleep duration among twins, and found that the twin who got less sleep had a depressed immune system.
How much sleep you need varies according to your age. The Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep for young adults and adults (18-64), and 7-8 hours of sleep for older adults (>= 65 years).” MDlinx.com -Lez Meszaros, April 07,2020
While this article didn’t talk about the importance of supporting your natural circadian rhythm (probably because doctors and other healthcare personnel don’t always have the ability to control when they might need to be there to help someone else), it touched on many of the things we’ve been talking about…Sleep and your immune system are linked.
Tomorrow we will touch base on another topic, I promise!
Stay healthy out there! Keep your diet diary going and keep moving!
Dr. Stiller, Stacy, Nicole and Chris