The changing seasons in the U.S. can cause high temperature fluctuations. During a season change, immunity is weakened and various diseases can occur frequently. In fact, immunity is not only important during the changing seasons. It is an essential element for modern people who are exposed to various diseases from a simple cold to cancer. Today, we will look at why immunity is so important and how to improve immunity in everyday life.
Although the air, food, and objects that we come into contact with every day seem clean on the surface, various microorganisms that are harmful to the body such as bacteria, viruses, dust, parasites, and fungi live. When the human defense system collapses, these microorganisms enter the body. Of course, some intruders have no health impact, but in some cases they are life-threatening. So, having high immunity means that immune cells are actively working to block microorganisms.
You must have experienced the phenomenon of fever in your body when you catch a cold at least once. The reason for fever is said to be because immune cells are fighting a cold virus (influenza). Basically, when microorganisms such as a cold virus enter the body, immune cells act as a natural immune response, helping to maintain our health. It can be said that immunity is directly related to health in our lives!
Can Deep Sleep Increase Your Immunity?
The importance of deep sleep in strengthening immunity has been reported in several papers. According to the Korean Sleep Association, failure to sleep properly has a negative effect on the immune system. When sleep is insufficient, concentration and memory decrease, and immune cells weaken, increasing the risk of various diseases. The Korean Sleep Association recommends that “sleeping well at least 7 hours” is an easy way to increase your immunity.
- Sleep deprivation negatively affects the immune system.
- Sleep deprivation reduces the number and function of cells that play an important role in innate immunity,
- It reduces the number of cells that play an important role in acquired immunity.
- Therefore, the shorter the sleep time, the better the immune function.
- The function of the immune cells, which plays a major role, is weakened.
- One of the easiest ways to boost your immunity is to get a good night’s sleep.
Source: The Relationship Between Sleep and Immunity, Korean Society for Sleep Research, http://www.sleepmed.or.kr
In 2017, the Washington Medical School’s Sleep Lab also published a study on the side effects of not getting a good night’s sleep. Representatively, the concentration of various inflammatory mediators such as cytokines increased, the smooth immune response of white blood cells, which are immune cells, decreased, as well as being susceptible to infection with rhinovirus, one of the common cold virus types.
The importance of good sleep cannot be overemphasized. Perhaps the most important thing in a deep sleep environment is a cozy sleeping environment that fits perfectly with your body.
A study published in the Journal of Modern Biology also revealed that temperature plays a role in helping normal sleep more than we thought. In addition, raising the skin temperature is helpful for a good night’s sleep, so it’s good to take a hot shower before going to bed or use auxiliary heating devices such as the Navien Mate Bed Warming Mattress Topper, a cozy sleep appliance.
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