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We are in the midst of a global pandemic. The outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is cause for concern.
Coronaviruses may cause respiratory infections in humans, from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (Source: WHO).
To prevent COVID-19, or Coronavirus, there are steps we can take all take. One is to boost your immunity through better sleep. Studies show that people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.
Sleep deprivation suppresses your immune system.
During sleep your body makes proteins called cytokines, which target infection and inflammation. Cytokines are produced and released during sleep. (Source: National Sleep Foundation). Researchers in Germany have found that sound sleep also improves immune cells known as T cells (Source: Healthline).
When you don’t get enough sleep, these infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced (Source: Mayo Clinic).
Did you know? Chronic sleep loss even makes the flu vaccine less effective by reducing your body’s ability to respond (Source: National Sleep Foundation).
There are simple steps you can take to improve your sleep and boost your immunity in the process.