Sleep Can Boost Your Immune System

Sleep and Your Health

We are all feeling unsettled by the circumstances in the world right now.

The steps we take to support ourselves and our families will leave a lasting mark on our health and the health of our communities.

At Custom Comfort Mattress, it’s our mission to promote the healthiest sleep possible for each of our customers. And now it’s even more essential to remember the importance of a good night’s sleep.

Sleeping is one of the simplest, yet most impactful ways we can restore and rejuvenate our bodies on a nightly basis. Sleep provides the “charge” of energy needed for the body and mind to function well. Just like we plug in our electronic devices to charge up their batteries and ensure optimal power levels, the same is true for the human body.

Lack of sleep can compromise the immune system, making it difficult for your body to fight off a common cold virus or deal with the risk factors associated with a more serious illness.

A study from Carnegie Mellon University and researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that test subjects who slept less than six hours a night in one week were four times more likely to catch a common cold than those who got more than seven hours of sleep a night.

With the right amount of consistent, healthy sleep, the body can protect itself and help strengthen and maintain a properly functioning immune system.

This study from the University of Tübingen in Germany found that sleep gives the immune system a chance to regroup, helping T cells recirculate to where they are needed for healthy immune function. And T cell helpers release more cytokines — small, protein-producing peptides — during sleep. They target infection and inflammation and help keep your immune system in tip-top shape.

There is no drawback to getting the deep, restful sleep your body needs each night. Only a positive upside to naturally boosting your immune system and your overall well-being.

Sleep well and stay healthy.