Making Sleep Your No. 1 Priority Can Help Prevent & Overcome Illness

Strengthen and Boost Your Immune System with Sleep As world-wide anxiety builds around the spread of coronavirus, one behavior that has been proven time and time again to reduce the incidence and intensity of disease is getting sufficient sleep. In honor of World Sleep Day, and because sleep may be particularly important during a potential pandemic, we’ll dive into the science behind the relationship between sleep and immunity. How Sleep Affects Your Immune System While the COVID-19 disease and the novel coronavirus that causes it are new and therefore relatively poorly understood and understudied, research by Dr. Aric Prather out of UC San Francisco on another type of Coronavirus - the common cold - demonstrated that “people who sleep six hours a night or less are four times more likely [...]

2020-03-17T17:55:15+08:00March 17th, 2020|

Adequate Sleep Can Help Fight Covid-19

KUALA LUMPUR: Adequate sleep is the best way to enhance and improve the immune system, and subsequently help to reduce the risk from contracting Covid-19. Dr Nurul Yaqeen Mohd Esa, who is a respiratory specialist and general physician at Sunway Medical Centre Velocity (SMCV), said research has proven that an adult needed at least seven hours of sleep to sustain health. On the other hand, lack of sleep will make our immune system weak, she said. “Studies have also shown that between 30 and 40 per cent adults do not get enough sleep, nor do they have knowledge on how much sleep they should be getting. “Many doctors and healthcare providers in China have died because of the infection, partly from overwork and lack of sleep,” she added. Although the [...]

2020-03-17T17:56:06+08:00March 17th, 2020|

How You Can Use Sleep to Fight Back Against Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak that has devastated China and left the world scrambling for answers has also reinforced the important role sleep plays in building our immune systems. In a nutshell: Making sure we consistently get a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways we can improve our immunity and defend against viruses and disease. Sleep is a natural immune booster. To be clear, I’m not suggesting sleep is a cure-all for the coronavirus. That isn’t the case; currently, there is no vaccine for the infection. The coronavirus has, by Feb. 20, killed more than 2,100 people globally. Altogether, nearly 75,000 cases have been confirmed, mostly in China, where the country has ground to a halt as it looks to safeguard against a further outbreak. The coronavirus has also become a [...]

2020-03-17T17:57:04+08:00March 17th, 2020|

How to Boost Your Immune System to Help Avoid Coronavirus Covid-19

Just about anyone could catch the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading around the world, but it is especially affecting those who have compromised immune systems. The City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Health Department, Inova Health System, and Alexandria City Public Schools officials will host an online virtual information session on Thursday, March 12, from 8 to 9 p.m., to provide information and answer questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus. The session will be accessible at alexandriava.gov/Health and residents may submit questions in advance through that website. The virtual info session will provide useful details about how to protect yourself, plus information about how government and the health care sector are preparing for additional impacts from the virus; and how businesses and nonprofit organizations can protect themselves and help. At this point, national health officials have [...]

2020-03-17T18:03:59+08:00March 17th, 2020|

This Exact Sleep Routine May Help You Stave Off Coronavirus

During this time of heightened awareness about public health, it’s important to take stock of your own to make sure you’re checking all the boxes. In order to avoid contracting the novel Coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes the importance of washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water.  Extra precautions past washing your hands are, of course, recommended. One way to make your immune system as strong as it can be is to make sure you are getting a solid night’s sleep. Dr. Patrick McNamara, of Psychology Today, emphasizes that getting quality sleep should be added to your list of preventative measures. ow can a good sleep routine protect you against coronavirus? “Getting enough sleep can help protect you against all kinds of common infections and [...]

2020-03-17T18:09:57+08:00March 17th, 2020|

Social jetlag – Are Late Nights & Chaotic Sleep Patterns Making You Ill?

Waking later at weekends can have the same effect as jetlag – and lead to weight gain, reduced mental performance and chronic illness. But there is a solution. Do you set an alarm to wake you up on weekdays, then hit the snooze button at weekends because you need more sleep? If so, you could be experiencing social jetlag – a condition associated with weight gain, reduced mental performance and chronic illness. “Social jetlag promotes practically everything that’s bad in our bodies,” says Till Roenneberg, professor of chronobiology at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, who coined the term. It occurs when we go to bed later and wake up later at the weekend than on weekdays. Like normal jetlag, it is a consequence of being forced to shift our bodies between [...]

2019-07-18T15:20:41+08:00January 25th, 2019|

Which Type Of Insomniac Are You? Study Suggests Different Sleep Problems Require Different Solutions

While many of us struggle with getting a good night’s sleep, not all of our struggles are the same. New research examined a range of reasons why people don’t sleep well and found that insomnia generally falls into one of five types. Which type you fit into, the study suggests, affects which solutions may help you break out of the sleep-loss pattern. Insomnia is a disorder characterized by "chronic complaints of unsatisfactory sleep, despite having an adequate opportunity to sleep" according to the National Sleep Foundation. Insomnia complaints include "difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking up too early, and/or having sleep that is not refreshing." The researchers analyzed survey responses from more than 4,000 people participating in the Netherlands Sleep Registry, a project that tracks information on the factors [...]

2019-07-18T15:24:47+08:00January 25th, 2019|

Stress & You: A Detrimental Affair

Stress is the "wear and tear" our bodies experience as we adjust to our continually changing environment; it has physical and emotional effects on us. As a positive influence, stress can help compel us to action; it can result in a new awareness and an exciting new perspective. As a negative influence, it can result in feelings of distrust, rejection, anger and depression, which in turn can lead to health problems. Effects of Stress Think illness is to blame for your nagging headache or frequent forgetfulness? Recognize common stress symptoms — then take steps to manage them: On your body On your behaviour On your thoughts & feelings Headache Chest pain Pounding heart Shortness of breath Muscle aches Clenched jaws Tooth grinding Stomach upset Constipation Diarrhea Increased sweating Tiredness Sleep [...]

2019-07-18T15:32:22+08:00February 19th, 2017|