On their Covid-19 recommendations, the CDC under the heading healthy ways to cope with stress, says:
Get plenty of sleep
Why is this important?
The Mayo Clinic provides the following explanation:
“During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines…certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you are under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep.”
So, what amount of sleep is needed for your immune system to function at peak efficiency?
For adults, that number is 7-8 hours. And, that is 7-8 hours of quality sleep, certainly not the repeated stops and starts of someone who has sleep apnea.
“Having an undiagnosed sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, can prove problematic if a person were to contact COVID-19” says Dr. Stephen M. Kreitzer, a Board-Certified Pulmonologist and Sleep Specialist. “Long-term sleep deprivation most negatively affects our immune system from blocking a virus from entering our body and from spreading.”
If you are concerned that you may have a sleep disorder the first and most important step is to get a sleep test. If you don’t have one, we can help. Recently, we have partnered with WatchPat One, a safe-no-infection risk, accurate and disposable home sleep test. Simply send us an email indicating your interest and we will send you the information on obtaining the test.
Up next, I will share with you my best tips and tricks for how to get a better night’s sleep.