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In our quest for better health, we often underestimate the power of sleep. Quality rest isn't just about feeling refreshed in the morning; it's crucial for maintaining a robust immune system. Let's delve into the intricate connection between sleep and immunity and learn how embracing good sleep habits can fortify your body's defences.

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Understanding the Immune System's Role

Think of your immune system as your body's defence mechanism, tirelessly protecting you from harmful invaders like bacteria and viruses. Like superheroes, your immune system requires rest to function at its best. Without adequate sleep, your body becomes more vulnerable to infections, slower to heal, and susceptible to chronic ailments.

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The Immune-Boosting Power of Sleep

Sleep is a natural immunity booster. While you sleep, your body performs essential maintenance tasks that prepare your immune superheroes for action. This maintenance peak occurs during deep sleep, known as N3 sleep, when your brain reaches its most profound state of unconsciousness. During N3 sleep, metabolic activity decreases, including heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate, conserving energy for immune functions such as cell repair. Additionally, deep sleep prompts increased secretion of growth hormones, facilitating immune cell proliferation.

The first task during deep sleep is replenishing cytokines, which are the messengers of your immune system, and they coordinate the responses to infections and regulate inflammation. Sleep deprivation has been shown to decrease cytokine production, compromising immune function. Moreover, deep sleep prompts the release of infection-fighting antibodies and T cells, which are essential for combating pathogens. Insufficient sleep hampers the production of these vital immune warriors, heightening infection risk.

Sleep also optimises B cell function, which is responsible for antibody production. Antibodies recognise and neutralise foreign substances, aiding in immune defence. Without adequate sleep, this response slows, making it harder to combat disease-causing invaders. Furthermore, sleep disruptions can negatively impact the gut microbiome, reducing beneficial bacteria and increasing harmful ones. This imbalance can compromise immune regulation and increase infection susceptibility.

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The Impact on Vaccine Effectiveness

Prioritising sleep also enhances vaccine efficacy. Adequate rest boosts the body's immune response to vaccines, ensuring robust and durable immunity against diseases like the flu or COVID-19. After vaccination, the body's immune system identifies and responds to the weakened or inactivated virus or bacteria. Adequate sleep primes the immune system for a vigorous response to the vaccine, resulting in enhanced protection.

Prioritise Sleep for a Resilient Immune System

While sacrificing sleep for productivity or entertainment might seem tempting, the consequences, such as a week lost to the flu, outweigh the benefits. Quality sleep isn't a luxury—it's essential for a strong and resilient immune system. So tonight, let's all hit the hay a bit earlier and give our immune systems the support they need. Your body will thank you!

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Somnus Sleep Wellness 

Somnus Sleep Wellness comprises a group of psychologists with over 40 years of collective experience in research and practice related to improving sleep.

They offer workshops and courses that have been shown scientifically to relieve insomnia and increase sleep quality, including their signature Mindfulness For Sleep Wellness course.

 They also offer consultations for those who prefer a targeted approach to their sleep issues.

 Connect with Somnus Sleep Wellness and find out more on their website. 

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