Sleep is essential for immune health, and much more
Time and time again, sleep (or lack thereof) has been shown to impact our mental and physical health, relationships, and more. According to Philips 2020 Global Sleep Survey, most people agreed sleep is an important contributor to their physical well-being (87%) and mental well-being (86%), but only half (49%) reported being satisfied with their sleep.
During these uncertain times, while the world is battling an infectious disease, it is essential to optimize sleep to ensure the immune system remains strong, and to support mental well-being. Dr. Teofilo Lee-Chiong, suggests:
- Maintaining a regular bedtime and waking time. Schedule a protected time for sleep, including an anchor period (i.e., same 4-6 hours regardless of schedule).
- Napping to reduce daytime fatigue but not regularly doing to replace a restful night sleep.
- Cutting down on alcoholic beverages, energy drinks and foods containing caffeine, such as dark chocolate, at night.
- Limiting the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, candies and desserts that can worsen sleep quality.
- Keeping the sleep environment comfortable, dark, quiet, and cool.
Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on a person’s health, especially for people that already suffer from a weakened immune system or suffer from a chronic sleep disorder. Focusing holistically on taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle through all facets of wellness – diet, exercise, etc. – is the first step to a more resilient immune system and more consistent, healthy sleep habits.
Despite evidence that shows people around the world recognize the important role sleep plays in their overall health, Philips sleep survey shows that an overwhelming percent of the population is still interested in receiving new information or strategies to help them achieve better sleep. Developed in collaboration with sleep physicians, specialists and researchers, Philips SmartSleep Analyzer online assessment tool offers a clinically proven way to identify sleep challenges and recommend clinically validated solutions from Philips to help people take the right steps toward bettering their sleep and overall health.
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