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    Better sleep and breathing blog

    The Importance of Sleep Apnea Compliance and Immunity


    Think back to the last cold or illness you experienced. Was it following a time when you weren't sleeping well? Could it be that the poor sleep was due to you not using your sleep apnea therapy consistently or properly? You probably experienced that biological connection between poor sleep and immune system function. Shorter sleep—less than six hours a night—has been associated with an increased susceptibility to the common cold, according to research in the journal, Sleep.


    If your sleep apnea treatment routine isn't running like a Swiss watch, you could be setting yourself up for a health setback, in particular illness from infectious diseases due to weakened immunity.


    Discover why sleep is so important for the immune system and how your sleep apnea treatment compliance plays a role in your body's ability to fight off viruses.


    Why You Need Sleep for a Healthy Immune System


    The reason a lack of sleep weakens immunity is because you're increasing your susceptibility to infection. The relationship between the body's immune-endocrine system and sleep goes both ways, according to an article published in the  Journal of Immunology Research. When you get good quality sleep by using CPAP therapy and giving your body the hours it needs, your immune system will be able to function optimally. Not sleeping well? Your immune response is compromised and it's tougher for your body to fight off infections.


    Foreign pathogens cause sleep disturbances because they alter the brain systems that help you fall asleep and disrupt sleep stages. If you've ever woken up from sleep unexpectedly when you're under the weather and had trouble falling back to sleep, you've experienced this impact firsthand.


    If you've ever tried to sleep with a stuffy nose or were told you were snoring when conked out with a cold, you know how disruptive those issues can be.

    How Sleep Quantity and Quality Impacts Immunity


    Sleep is essential for strengthening the body's immune system and making sure it's operating at full capacity so your body can run optimally. Short sleep leaves your body susceptible to pathogens that invade the body through your nose, mouth and eyes. If you're sleeping well, your sleep apnea is managed and your immune system is operating at 100 percent, you have a better chance at fighting off those germy invaders. According to  Mayo Clinic, poor sleep also impacts the body's ability to produce antibodies and cells that battle infections.


    When your sleep apnea is left untreated and you're experiencing poor sleep as a result, you  could also stress the cardiovascular system—and that could be a serious issue if you're already taxing your immune system fighting off an illness.


    Maintain your sleep apnea treatment routine so you're able to get quality sleep and the energy reserves your immune system needs to fight off viruses.

    Think you might have sleep apnea?

    Disclaimer

     

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a trained medical doctor and is provided to you on a general information basis only and not as a substitute for personalized medical advice. Philips disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.