Sleep is so important for our immune health
Covid-19 China Virus Concerns
Covid-19 Pandemic has us all concerned, stressed and out of sorts. Unfortunately that can also cause problems with sleep. I understand that sleep is important for immune health so I knew I had to fix this. I personally started having issues sleeping. First I could not get to sleep. Then when I finally fell asleep, I would wake up and not be able to get back to sleep. A little back story. Not obsessed per-se but I am watching the news and following the latest updates on the Covid-19. I want to be informed. Really I am not quite obsessed but I am certainly somewhere between informed and overly obsessed. This has affected my sleep greatly.
What Mayo Clinic has to say about Sleep and Immune Health
The Mayo Clinic article “Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick” makes it clear that a good night’s sleep is important for immune health and fighting infectious diseases. In fact, ” During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. … So, your body needs sleep to fight infectious diseases. Long-term lack of sleep also increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease .”
Right now I am concerned with keeping my immune system strong during the Coronavirus pandemic. Most of us are. I am thankful that last night I got the first night of good sleep since the virus from China became an issue here in the United States. So what did I do? I remembered taking something called Calm (Rest & Restore) made by a company called beyond. It is a natural supplement said to promote a restful night’s sleep. I had not taken it in awhile but my son had been taking it to calm down during the day. So last night I took it as I was getting ready to go to bed. All I know is that I slept through the night and I was not up for hours like I had been in nights past. So that was a win for me.
Importance of a good night’s sleep
During this time where we need to focus on keeping our immune system strong, not getting a good night sleep is a big deal. In fact, if you are home with the littles and they are keeping you up at night, make sure you nap when they nap and get the sleep your body so desperately needs. Sleep is so important for immune health. Don’t feel guilty about getting the sleep you need!
I am including the link to order Beyond Calm (Rest & Restore) if you would like it. I looked up the natural ingredients found in Calm and I like what I see. It is a natural herbal blend that promotes a deep, restful sleep. Some have tried melatonin with success. Another great recommendation is not to watch the news right before you go to bed. If you are watching tv in bed, be sure to watch a good movie or something that does not have you thinking about the current coronavirus.
Keep your immune system strong by eating healthy foods, exercising and getting the sleep that is so important to our health. Together we can do this!
Lack of sleep: Can it make you Sick, Eric J. Olson M.D., Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/expert-answers/lack-of-sleep/faq-20057757