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Sleep Foundation suggests getting a good night's sleep helps boost immunity

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Maintaining a strong and healthy immune system is more important than but rather than turning to vitamins and green juices to keep you on the front foot research reveals that it could be as simple as hitting the hay1. Between managing a mountain of work, a social calendar, getting to the gym, eating well and a never ending to do list sleep often gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list but here’s why it’s time to make it #1.

Dr Moira Junge, spokesperson for Australia’s Sleep Health Foundation explains that “sleep is now well understood to benefit immunity.” This isn’t the first time we’ve spoken about the importance of sleep, yet up to 45% of Australians2 still aren’t getting their recommended 7-9 hour slumber each night.

When your body is sleep deprived3 it needs to work harder to perform daily physical and mental functions, throw into the fold fighting off a cold or virus and your body won’t have as much left to put up a fight. “An early night may be just what you need to boost your mood and immunity and help protect yourself from illness,” Junge explains.

Sleep doesn’t just play a role in our immunity but our overall health and wellbeing. A lack of sleep has been linked with expanding waistlines4, not to mention the fact that you actually burn more calories sleeping than (over 100 an hour!5). There itself lies a great reason to press snooze on your morning alarm and skip the gym for a lie in!

If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep check out these four habits6 which have been proven to help you catch those zzz’s.

  1. Go to bed and wake up around the same time every night
  2. Switch off all devices 2 hours before bed
  3. Eat at least 90 minutes prior to going to sleep
  4. Work on creating a regular sleep routine

 

Sources:

1 https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/news/media-releases/hit-the-hay-boost-your-immunity.html

 

2 https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/pdfs/surveys/SleepHealthFoundation-Survey.pdf

 

3 http://www.lifefirstassessment.com.au/blog/2019/april/the-impact-that-losing-two-hours-of-sleep-has-on-your-health/

 

4 http://www.lifefirstassessment.com.au/blog/2019/may/it-s-time-to-wake-up-to-the-role-that-sleep-is-having-on-your-health/

 

5 https://www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weight-loss/calories-burned-in-30-minutes-of-leisure-and-routine-activities

 

6 http://www.lifefirstassessment.com.au/blog/2019/april/these-bedtime-habits-promote-a-better-night-s-sleep/




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