Can lack of sleep make you sick Can lack of sleep make you sick - Good Morning Snore Solution
0

Your Cart is Empty

March 19, 2020 1 min read

How our immune system fights sickness is based on a variety of factors - and sleep is one of them. So, how important is a good night’s sleep in relation to fighting a virus?


There’s a reason doctors highly recommended resting and staying in bed when we are sick. That’s because sleep deprivation suppresses our immune system’s ability to fight bacterial infections and viruses. A study led by Dr. Prather at UC San Francisco mentions that people who sleep 6 hours or less are 4 times more likely to catch a cold compared to those who sleep for at least 7 hours. With more sleep, your immune system fights harmful bacterias and keeps you healthy. 


So, what’s happening in our immune system when we don’t sleep enough and we happen to catch a virus? When our T-cells are healthy and numerous, they protect our bodies from bacterias and infections. More specifically, T-cells activate proteins called integrins that attach to an infected cell, and basically kill it. In contrast, studies show that our T-cell count goes down when we don’t get enough sleep. They are a key component in fighting viruses as they adapt and protect our bodies from unwanted bacterias and infections. This is the main reason lack of sleep makes us more prone to sickness. 


There are many studies that prove how important sleep is for our overall health. In fact, it’s just as important as diet and exercise. As Dr. Prather notes “It goes beyond feeling groggy or irritable. Not getting sleep fundamentally affects your physical health”.



References

  1. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/immune-system-lack-of-sleep#1
  2. https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11300
  3. https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slideshow-colds-nighttime
  4. https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2015/08/131411/short-sleepers-are-four-times-more-likely-catch-cold



Also in Blog

Why Snoring Worsens With Age (And What to Do About It)
Why Snoring Worsens With Age (And What to Do About It)

July 04, 2022 4 min read

Does it seem like your (or your spouse’s) snoring has gotten worse over the years? You’re definitely not alone in this. While snoring can happen at any age, it usually becomes common around midlife. As you get older, you may find your snoring is getting more chronic, loud, and disruptive. 
Read More
Is Sleep Apnea Hereditary?
Is Sleep Apnea Hereditary?

June 27, 2022 3 min read

Sleep apnea is a very common problem, affecting 15-30% of men and 10-15% of women. There are many causes of sleep apnea, the most common one being excess body weight. But we also know that 25 to 40% of people with sleep apnea have family members with the same problem. 
Read More
If I Snore, How Do I Know If It’s Sleep Apnea?
If I Snore, How Do I Know If It’s Sleep Apnea?

June 19, 2022 4 min read

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but nearly everyone with sleep apnea snores. If you suspect (or were told) that you snore, you may be wondering whether you should take that as a sign that you might have sleep apnea. 

Read More