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Sleep Well for a Stronger Immune System

If you are looking for one more reason to get a good sleep, this could be one such bold reason. There have been lots of studies which referred to the importance of a good night sleep but now the researchers have found a direct relationship between a good night’s sleep and the immune system. There are certain immune cells called the T-cells which the sleep improves.

The T cells are the vital cells which fight against intracellular pathogens thus keeping the immune system strong. Sleeping may necessarily save you from all kind of the diseases directly but indirectly it promises a quick recovery and better protection against many diseases.

Sleep and Cytokines


During sleep, the body releases proteins such as cytokines some of which also do help in promoting sleep. This is the protein which targets infection and inflammation and is produced as well as reduced during the sleep. Lack of sleep reduces the body’s ability to respond to these proteins and thus the body is prone easily to more diseases. Infection fighting antibodies are reduced in the time when one doesn’t get proper sleep.

Importance of T-cells


The T-cells have an important function in the body. When the body recognises an infected cell, it releases integrins which attach to the infected cell and kill it. A clear research proved that people who sleep properly have a higher level of integrin production in their T cells while those who take less sleep have a lower level of this secretion. This offered a result that sleep does affect T-cell functioning. For people who sleep less stress hormone may inhibit the place of T-cell.  

Stock up the naps
To stay healthy, especially when there are more chances of catching a cold taking 8-9 hours of sleep is necessary. This will keep the immune system in the fighting shape and will also protect the individual from other major diseases like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The short nap in the afternoon has also shown good result in terms of decreasing stress and balance some negative effects that sleep deprivation has.

Some advice to get a good night sleep


Establish a routine


This means to fix a time where you need to sleep. Soon the body will accommodate to this routine and you will start waking up and sleeping at the same time. Try not to disrupt this routine very fluently. For most people, 7 to 8 hours of sleep is optimal.

Exercise


Exercise helps reduce stress and thus induces better sleep. Also, while the muscles and the mind are relaxed one could experience a good sleep.


Limit caffeine


Caffeine stays in the system for 5 to 6 hours and thus could keep the individual awake. Even if one sleeps the caffeine could cause the individual to wake up more frequently.


Digital screens


Stop using digital screens during the time of the bed. This produces hormones which could disrupt the sleep. Also, you will get a more relaxing time before sleeping.

Have a good sleep and good night. Also, make sure you secure your finances to sleep peacefully. Look for a health insurance plan before sleeping and ensure a secure future for yourself and family.