Boost Body's Immunity Power with Proper Sleep

News Desk, News Nation 360 : India is officially under a 21-day national lockdown with an unprecedented overflow of information on the Internet on the extent COVID-19 is wreaking havoc worldwide. Some people have become insecure, panic-stricken and downright depressed. But, one cannot do much about it. The best thing one can do now to

fight this pandemic is keeping everyone locked in homes. Shampa Banerjee, Senior Dietitian of  SastaSundar YANA Diet Clinic has spine about this matter to keep healthy in quarantine days. This Lockdown has brought Lockdown Insomnia : These unforeseen situations have several fallouts, both social and personal. One such fallout is sleep deprivation. Many have been continuously complaining about the bouts of insomnia they are dealing with. Indeed, these sleep deprivations are making doubly vulnerable in this crisis. Even those who have managed to remain positive are also reporting cases of insomnia. Many people are working from home in this lockdown period which primarily means working on the computer. This has, consequently, severely restricted all kinds of physical movement. Since one cannot go for a walk, or go to the gym, everyone is left with is staying on the beds and couches dealing with work stress as well as the additional stress that the pandemic and the lockdown has brought. Stress, unhinged screen-time, and a lack of physical movement, together have formed a deadly combination that has made many of us sleep-deprived. The state of the Immune System : What exactly is an immune system and where is it located in the body? Well, as the name suggests, it's a system - a complex network of organs, cells and chemicals. Since it isn't a particular thing, all its components are present all across your body. It's similar to a country's defence system. They have different functions and operate in different areas, but all with a singular objective: to protect and defend. The white blood cells, antibodies, complement system, bone marrow, spleen, thymus and the lymphatic system are the main parts of the immune system and they have a memory. Yes, According to experts, the immune system keeps a record of all the microbes they have ever defeated and is recorded in types of white blood cells also known as memory cells. If a known microbe attacks, it readily identifies and destroys before even the sick feeling. Needless to say, the stronger the immune system is, the stronger the equipped are at fighting diseases. However, there is one caveat : developing immunity against one virus does not protect from others. Immunity & Sleep : The immune system secretes a large group of proteins, peptides and glycoproteins known as cytokines that are the weapons targeting infection and inflammation, thereby creating an effective immune response. These cytokines are both produced and released during sleep, thus making sleep one of the most significant ways of boosting the body’s immunity and fighting infections. Chronic insomnia even makes a flu vaccine that has already taken, less effective. The Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 8 hours of sleep during the night and if somehow you don't get an uninterrupted sound sleep they recommend taking two naps of no longer than 30 minutes each - one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. A Good Sleep Matters : Remain positive: Like nothing is more important in this period of crisis than remaining positive. For doctors, nurses or healthcare workers, their battle might be at the forefront, but for the rest, they need to stay home. There are things one can do and there are things one cannot do, and there is absolutely no value in ruing over things that one cannot do, Reduce screen-time: While watching a series or a couple of movies that one has always wanted to watch is fine, but unnecessary browsing should be avoided. The work that one has to do from home will already put in front of the screen, but other than that, try to reduce screen-time as much as possible. Read a book instead, Household chores : Many people don't have the domestic help to reduce their household chores in this lockdown period. Instead of mourning at the impending workload, revel at the opportunity of getting some physical exercise done, Foods: Drink a full glass of lukewarm milk before going to bed. This may help with a sound sleep. In this influenza season, everyone needs to stay healthy and a robust immune system fostered by sound sleep will help achieve just that.

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Report : Ansutup Kundu

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