Why Sleep is critical to Making Your Immune System Stronger
How to Improve your Immune System?
An easy way to help prevent yourself from getting sick is to do everything you can to ensure you have a strong immune system. We give you a quick summary of how the immune system works and share a few tips for what you can do to improve it--most notably, sleep.
Immune System Overview & Why it’s Important to Have a Strong One
Your immune system is what defends your body against germs and infections to keep you from becoming ill. When foreign substances (known as antigens) attack, your immune system is activated. White blood cells (also called leukocytes) are the most critical component of the immune system. It uses two main types of white blood cells to fend off antigens:
1. Phagocytes - These are cells that break down or “eat” invading cells.
2. Lymphocytes - These cells allow your body to remember antigens that have attacked previously and recognize them when they return in the future.
A strong immune system is essential for staying healthy. When it’s weakened, you become more susceptible to viruses, bacteria, parasites, toxins and more.
Strengthen Immune System with Sleep
Getting all the sleep you need is the one of the best things you can do to improve your immune system. When you are asleep, your body works to repair vital systems. If you don’t get enough sleep each night (in particular the restorative stages, deep sleep and REM Sleep), your body will not properly recover and you are more likely to get sick.
Studies have shown that people who sleep 6 hours a night or less are significantly more likely to catch a common virus than those who sleep 7 hours or more. Other research has demonstrated that reduced energy demands during sleep allow your body to allocate more resources during that time towards the immune system. There’s also data indicating that T cells (lymphocytes that fight viruses) are more effective when you’re sleeping.
Additional Ways to Strengthen Immune System
Other things you can do to benefit your immune system beyond getting more sleep at night include:
When you travel long haul your immune system and sleep are both stressed
Travel is stressful, there can be dozens of stress points just getting to the airport and getting comfortable onboard and that is just the beginning of the journey. When you cross multiple time zones it gets complicated.
Jet Lag is medically known as Desynchronosis and effects all of your physiological systems, especially sleep. NASA and other studies show it can take up to 24 hours to adjust for each hour of time change. During this time your body and physiological systems are not operating at 100% performance.
Uplift uses natural science to resynchronize your body clock to your new time zone and neutralize the effects of Jet Lag or Desynchronosis. Our users have crossed over 50,000 time zones and are impressed with the results. Here is a link to a short video on how Uplift works: http://bit.ly/UpliftIntro In the next year we are planning a clinical study to collect biometric data around this science.
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