Why is good quality sleep important for your immunesystem?Sleep plays a vital role in the physiology of your body. It is absolutely essential for basic functioning and maintenance of your endocrine, neurological, musculoskeletal and digestive systems. During sleep your body heals and repairs tissues and organs and also forms new pathways in your brain to improve memory and cognition. Sleep allows your body to rejuvenate, and to heal. Studies show that new immune cells are being produced and immune function is enhanced when your body is at complete rest.
How much sleep do you really need?Sleep quality is considered an important predictor of the health of your immune system. Less than 6 hours of sleep a day, or frequently disturbed sleep can significantly weaken your immune system’s response to infections or injury. You may find you are more susceptible to getting colds and upper respiratory infections in response to being sleep deprived.
Are you getting enough good quality sleep?Insomnia is a very common problem in the developed world. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- difficulty falling asleep
- frequent waking
- restlessness and light sleep
- fatigue and
- poor concentration during the day
How to enhance your immunity and improve your sleepYour immune health not only depends on a good night’s sleep but also on a diet that is rich in immune enhancing nutrients such as zinc, iron, vitamins C and D and probiotics. Natural herbal remedies that may improve your resistance to infections include
- Echinacea Olive leaf and
- the Chinese herb known as Lonicera or Japanese honeysuckle. This herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat influenza infections for thousands of years.