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Amid COVID-19 Is Sleep Still A Priority?

Sleep is critical. All we have to fend off COVID-19 is our immune system – those are the cells that attack any foreign object in order to protect us. The other part of the immune system comprises of antibodies and no one has inbuilt antibodies against this virus because it is brand new. So it’s up to our own immunity until a vaccine can be developed in the future. 

There is very clear evidence that if people do not get sufficient sleep they are more likely to catch either a viral and/or bacterial illness such as the common cold and pneumonia. Another reason sleep is critical is that once you have contracted an infectious disease the outcome is likely to be worse if you have had less than 5 hours of sleep per night during your confinement. Looking after yourself and getting sufficient sleep is one way you can keep your immune functioning at its peak.

If you are trying to get enough sleep, but unable to fall asleep this is more likely to be insomnia. If you have insomnia for a few days, it has a high probability it will go away on its own. If you have had insomnia for a few months it is extremely unlikely to go away – so ask a medical professional to help you resolve that. If you do sleep enough hours but still feel tired ask your partner whether you snore and stop breathing at night – this is called sleep apnea. 

If yes, and particularly if you are over the age of 50 years and overweight you need to get that diagnosed and treated. Both the diagnosis and treatment can be done in the comfort of your own home. Contact us to find out how you can safely test for sleep apnea.

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