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