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How does sleep strengthen your immune system?

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Sleep helps the immune system.

Different scientific studies have been done on sleep and its benefit. There are several benefits that sleep offer you. But recently researchers have found that sound sleep improves immune cells known as T cells.

These are a type of immune cells that help you by fighting against intracellular pathogens. They can fight against virus-infected cells like flu, HIV, herpes and cancer cells. The study done on T cells found a new mechanism through which sleep can help in improving the immune system.

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When the T cells come into direct contact with virus-infected cells or cancer cells, they can kill those cells. These T cells can work better during your sleep because the stickiness of the cells with the infected cells increases during sleep.

T cells

Cells are very crucial in body's immune system. When these cells present in the body recognises a virally infected cell, they activate integrins, which is a sticky type of protein. Because of this sticky protein T cells can attach themselves to the infected cells and kill those infected cells.

During the study researchers compared T cells from healthy volunteers during their sleep and when they were awake. From the companies and they found that sleep has the potential to improve T-cell functioning. People who sleep poorly, may secret more stress hormones and that stress hormone can inhibit the ability of T cells to function as effectively as they can.

When you are sleep, stress hormones go down. When there is high levels of stress hormone in your body, it can decrease their fish and chip T-cell immune response to kill pathogens.

Importance of sleep

Adults often need a minimum of seven hours sleep every night for better health and their well-being. Many people in different countries of the world are not getting enough sleep. It is well-known that many people take good sleep for granted. Many people do not care how much sleep they are getting even though they get the opportunity to get as much sleep has necessary for them.

Many people sleep less than seven hours per night on a regular basis. That has negative effects on their health. It will create a fight or flight state and will also increase stress hormones and release of adrenaline. Sleep is a natural state and you should take care of it if you want to be healthy. Sleep should leave you feeling refreshed and not groggy and struggling.

Sleep may change as you age and you may not feel as rested as you did when you were younger. If you're getting less than five hours sleep every night on a regular basis, you're more likely to have a higher mortality. If you have less than seven hours of sleep every night for three nights in a row, it will have the same effect on your body as missing one full night of sleep.

If you have poor sleep habits, it can have both short-term and long-term health consequences. Poor sleep can result in long-term mood, memory and blood sugar problems. Bad sleep in the short term may result in sleepiness, polled judgement, moodiness, car accidents, memory problems, workplace mistakes and other such problems.

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