I’ve posted before about how sleep can take a toll on our eating habits (those who get less sleep will more likely to overeat or make unhealthy food choices), but in doing some more research, I’ve discovered that how well one sleeps can affect our immune system too. During sleep the immune system creates protein molecules that fight bacteria.
This can affect our bodies abilities to fight colds and other infections, and after the bacteria has invaded us it can affect our bodies ability to recover as quickly as those who get an adequate amount of sleep. In order to get a full nights rest you should take steps such as exerting more energy during the day (because exercise can help boost the immune system, also) and choosing healthier foods (which, by the way, can also help strengthen the immune system.)
I have plenty of friends who come down sick all of the time, and these friends choose to stay up late on weekdays when they know that they have to get up early in the AM. I try to keep my sleep schedule consistent and get at least 7 and a half hours of sleep a night. I also hit the gym regularly and eat healthy when I can. In turn my immune system rewards me with the ability to only let me come down with a cold about once a year.
While you are sick, try and rest lots, and don’t forget to cover yourself up with a warm wool comforter or an organic cotton blanket. Drink lots of fluids and think positively because you would be surprised by the power of the mind and what it can do for you in the long run so long as you don’t let the power of negativity weigh you down.
So there you have it, try and get as much sleep as you can and your immune system will boost in return.
Stay healthy! Sleep healthy! Be healthy!