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What does sleep have to do with immunity?
What does poor sleep do to my immune system?
Reduces infection-fighting proteins and hormones, hindering immune response
During sleep, your body produces and releases infection-fighting hormones and proteins, which help create an immune response to target infection. Without sleep, you produce fewer of these proteins and you don’t give your body enough time to properly respond to an infection once present, essentially hindering your own body’s ability to fight infection.
Increases stress hormones levels, which can suppress your immune response
Sick people that are sleep deprived feel worse
How can I help my immune system right now?
First and foremost: ALWAYS practice smart hygiene
Practice mindfulness to reduce stress, and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night
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