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Lack of zzzzzz can cause achoooo

Posted by amykr on January 23, 2009

In today’ society we thing that the more we do the more successful we are.  Many times this idea pertains to everything but our health.  We run around perpetually sleep deprived and it is taking a toll.  Our bodies are not working optimally and we increase our susceptibility to many virus and germ.  The common cold is the biggest culprit of the wait and attack the week method of germ patrol.

 

When we are sleep deprived we release hormones that increase inflammation throughout out body.  We also decrease the production of antibodies to fight disease.  So what does this mean?  You wake up at 6am after going to bed at midnight for the third straight day.  Your head is a little foggy, and your joints hurt just a bit more then usual.  You go about your day the way you normally do but you feel yourself dragging just that little bit.  Just enough that when you get home all you want to do is veg out in front of the tv and do nothing.  Unfortunately, during the day someone on your office who did not have enough vacation time came in sneezing and sniffing and coughing.  You did your best to steer clear of them but you needed a file from their desk.  Well you were just exposed to the rhinovirus and that little guy just love us overworked people because that means he has a new place to call home.  Our bodies do not have the strong defenses needed to fight him off.  So for the next eight to ten days you feel terrible.  But you compound that problem because you still do not give your body the rest it needs to fight our friend the rhinovirus so he hangs on for an extra day or two. 

 

We have to remember that we need to take care of ourselves first.  That includes forgoing the evening news or Jay Leno sometimes if we know we have not gotten the rest we need.  This is especially true during this cold weather when everyone is inside and all the windows are closed.  This just makes it that much easier to share our germs.  So I challenge you during this cold weather to try and get at least 1 hour extra sleep every other day.  You will feel better and your body will thank you.  

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