The Effects of Lack of Sleep on your Immune System
Disrupted sleep or lack of sleep is a concern for many people, and poor sleep can have a serious effect on your immune system. Solving sleep problems can be time-consuming and complicated and the road to discovering the root cause starting with your GP. The problem is, however, that GP surgeries are always very busy particularly considering the current Covid situation. Why not consider private doctor services? PTMD offers a team of UK private doctors via our private doctor services. Enjoy an online or face to face appointment with our private doctor services in Henley-in-Arden and our private doctor services in Solihull.
How Sleep Strengthens Your Immune System?
When we sleep, our immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when there is an infection or inflammation present in the body or if you are under stress. Lack of sleep or sleep deprivation may decrease the production of these cytokines.
What are the effects of lack of sleep?
Lack of sleep is bad for your health. The odd night when you have less sleep or your sleep is disturbed is not going to have long-term consequences, although it may make you tired and irritable the following day. However, if this lack of sleep pattern persists, then it will start to have a pronounced effect on brain function. Further down the line, a lack of sleep can predispose you to some serious medical conditions.
The Side Effects of Lack of Sleep
On a practical level, a lack of sleep will make it hard for you to go about your daily functions in the home and at work, and it could even become dangerous with activities such as driving. Often sleep-deprived people will become drowsy or nod off during the day. Beyond the daily dangers of sleep deprivation, there are also some serious illnesses and diseases including heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes which are linked to continued lack of sleep.
The Symptoms of Lack of Sleep
The usual symptoms include either not being able to fall asleep, sometimes lying awake for hours, falling asleep initially only to wake up and not being able to go back to sleep again, or just sleeping and waking constantly throughout the night.
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