Lack of sleep will not only affect your chances of picking up coronavirus, but also how well you recover from it. In simple terms, when you have an infection, inflammation rises in the body. If you remain stressed and not sleeping, your body will not be able to reduce the inflammation efficiently. Your immune system will become stressed, your risk goes up and your ability to recover goes down.
All healing happens when you’re in the regeneration state. The regeneration state is when your body is parasympathetic nervous system dominant. This is the part of the nervous system that calms you down. When you sleep well, your body is able to work on managing the inflammation and infections. Your body is designed to be in the regeneration state for more than 90% of the time and the other small percentage is for those times when you need extra energy in emergencies.
Unfortunately, at this moment in time, most of us are under a lot of pressure. There are a number of things you can do to minimise the risk of you contracting the virus and also, if you get it, how to recover quicker. The obvious ones are washing hands properly and regularly, but a very important one is looking after the immune system.
Getting enough sleep will definitely boost your immune system. Here are 10 ways to optimise your evenings and your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
- Avoid watching the news in the evening. While you may think it’s not stimulating your mind, it will be. Simply switch off early in the evening and read or listen to something nourishing and calming.
- Reduce bright lights in the evening.
- Eat early and avoid stimulants. Your digestive fire reduces in the evening. If you insist on eating heavy foods, especially high in fats, you’ll be putting your system under stress and probably find yourself waking up at 3am.
- Limit alcohol to at least 3 hours before going to bed as it will dehydrate you. Dehydration can cause sleep disruption.
- Stay hydrated throughout your day, starting with the morning. When you wake up drink a glass of room temperature water before any coffee or tea.
- Keep drinking room temperature water throughout the day.
- Top and tail your day with some meditative type practices like yoga, breathing and meditation.
- Eat nourishing clean food so your body is not having to deal with pesticides as well.
- Look after your emotional health and read/watch useful material and not waste your precious life force on mindless social media.
- Stay connected to a positive peer group with a positive outlook.
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