The Importance Of Sleep For A Healthy Immune System

With the growing health issue of the Coronavirus we have put together this article to highlight the importance of sleep for bolstering your immune system.

Boost Your Immune System To Help Combat Illness

To give your body the best chance staying healthy, you will want to ensure that your immune system is operating at full capacity. Sleep, nutrition and exercise are all extremely important for this.

It is therefore important to stay active and maintain a healthy diet to give your body the greatest chance of staying healthy. As sleep is our business at Prestige Beds, we would encourage you to read our tips for achieving the good quality sleep your body needs.

How To Get Enough Quality Sleep

Getting the right amount of quality sleep helps to protect you from all kinds of common infections and viruses. Without enough sleep, your body will never recover from the day’s exertions and will be left vulnerable to the threat of illness.

The amount of sleep you need varies depending on your age, with adults requiring around 7-9 hours a night. Younger people generally need more sleep, whilst you don’t need as much the older you get.

Adopt A Regular Sleep Routine

You will want to adopt a regular sleep routine to train your body to regularly get enough sleep. This means not staying up too late and going to bed around the same time each day.

Avoid Screen Time

Avoid looking at screens in bed or shortly before you go to sleep, as the harsh light these devices emit can prevent you from entering a state of deep sleep.

Sleep On An Appropriate Mattress

The right mattress can make all the difference to your sleep. If you find yourself waking up with aches and pains, you could need a firmer mattress to give your body the support it needs. This is more likely to be an issue if your current mattress is old or worn out.

Keep Your Room Ventilated

Keeping your room fresh and well-aired is very important for maintaining good air quality. If you sleep in a room which is stuffy, you might not be getting enough oxygen while you sleep. You could also be breathing in dust particles which will put extra strain on your breathing, causing your sleep to disturbed and unsettled.

No Late-Night Snacking

Try to avoid eating shortly before bed, as your body will still be digesting that food while you sleep. This means that while your mind might be switched off, your body will be hard at work so you won’t feel as re-energised in the morning.

Keep Your Bedding Clean And Fresh

A clean sleeping environment is paramount to ensuring you get a night of top quality sleep. Wash your bedding on a regular basis to prevent a build up of germs, and wash it more frequently if you are feeling unwell. You should also dust and vacuum your room to remove as much dust and dirt from the atmosphere as possible. Not only will this keep your room clean, it will prevent a build-up of house dust mites and bed bugs.

About The Novel Coronavirus – Covid-19

The new novel Coronavirus, or Covid-19, is a highly contagious and aggressive form of viral pneumonia which is spreading rapidly through many countries including the UK.

There is a lot of advice circulating online about how to prevent and combat the spread of this virus, the the UK approach focusing on increasing personal hygiene by washing your hand more frequently and for longer periods of time.

It is recommended that you use plenty of soap and hot water, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds in order to properly clean your hands. This should help to prevent you from catching or passing on this new virus.

For full advice on how to combat the spread of Covid-19, visit the NHS Coronavirus page here.

This page will give you full details on the symptoms of this virus, how to protect yourself against it, and what you should do if you feel unwell. We would advise you to regularly check this page for any updates.