sleep health

How Sleeping Affects the Immune System

How Sleeping Affects the Immune System

Lack of sleep affects the immune system. People who slept 6 hours or less were 4 times more likely to catch a cold compared to those who have an average of 7 hours or more of sleep. Major benefits your immune system gets with enough sleep include the following:
Increased immune function, reduced risk to colds and flu, fight infection and illnesses, help recover from diseases, and beats mental disorders.

 

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What Happens With One Night of Sleep Loss?

What Happens With One Night of Sleep Loss?

Skimping on sleep for an all-nighter project, a raving party or for some reason necessary affects us more than we know. The recommended sleep for adults is between seven and nine. However, the Centers for Disease Control noted that about 30% of people get less than six hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation affects our appearance, immune system, and brain functions.

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Exploring 5 Stages of Sleep

Exploring 5 Stages of Sleep

So, what exactly happens when you hit the sack? According to the National Sleep Foundation, a night of healthy sleep should cycle through five sleep stages every 90 minutes or so. The first four stages make up our non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, and the fifth stage is when rapid eye movement (REM) sleep occurs.

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Infographic: Sleep Health and Scheduling

Infographic: Sleep Health and Scheduling

A deviation of an hour or more from the regular sleep schedule has affected those with poor sleep health compared to those with excellent sleep health.

The poll shows a strong correlation between sleep schedule consistency and the effect on a person's well-being the following morning. Consistent bedtimes and wake times throughout the week resulted in more benefits compare to having an erratic schedule. 

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