Sleep really is good medicine!

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If you find yourself trying to push through illness or regularly skimp on sleep, listen up: scientists are homing in on how sleep helps us heal. A recent study showed that sleep helps immune cells known as T-cells do their jobs—attaching to and killing viruses and other invaders. Prioritize sleep by limiting caffeine and alcohol too close to bedtime, following a set bedtime and wake time, getting regular exercise, and having a relaxing, tech-free wind-down routine at night. Incorporate a practice like yoga or mindfulness meditation into your routine, too, to reduce stress and encourage good sleep. For cold and flu season and beyond, quality sleep makes a fantastic addition to your health toolkit.

Source: Gαs-coupled receptor signaling and sleep regulate integrin activation of human antigen-specific T cells

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

 

Posted on May 17, 2019 and filed under fitness.