While there is still so much we don’t know about the coronavirus, or Covid-19, you can take precautions to combat it this holiday season. One precaution is simple, but often overlooked: sleep to boost your immune system. Your body needs sleep to fight an infection if you are ill and will help to prevent an infection if you are not. Working now to master quality sleep will help to fight this virus and other seasonal illnesses, like the flu.
When we do not get enough sleep, it negatively impacts our immune system and its ability to fight back. When we sleep, the immune system releases cytokines. Some cytokines play a role in how the immune system functions. Lack of sleep may alter cytokines and affect the immune system response (Source: Science Direct).
Here’s how to stay healthy with quality rest:
Stick to a routine
If you’re home all day, you may be tempted to take more naps. While a short power nap early in the afternoon can be useful to some people, it’s best to avoid long naps, or naps later in the day that can hinder nighttime sleep.
Establishing a routine can facilitate a sense of normalcy even in abnormal times. It’s easier for your mind and body to acclimate to a consistent sleep schedule, which is why health experts have long recommended avoiding major variation in your daily sleep times.
Tackle your snoring
There are many culprits that prove to be sleep disruptors, snoring being a top one. If you (or someone you know) is already struggling with sleep due to snoring, consider the ZQuiet anti-snoring mouthpiece, which is designed to treat snoring comfortably and effectively. We also offer a range of snoring solutions to help you get the rest you need (and deserve!).
It’s easy to overlook exercise with everything going on and the desire to avoid the gym, but regular daily activity has numerous important benefits, including for quality sleep.
Go for a walk while maintaining a safe distance from other people. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving the house, or it’s too cold as winter is approaching, many gyms and fitness studios are live-streaming free classes. Try something you love or try something new to put a new spring in your step and improve your sleep when you do. Tiring yourself through exercise often does the trick!