Good sleep can boost your immune system, mental health

For example, getting a good rest can help the body reset its white blood cell counts, says a sleep expert.

A good night’s rest can feel great, and a sleep neurologist wants people to know that getting good sleep regularly can also boost your immune system and mental health.

“It’s really important to get a good night’s sleep,” said Dr. Temitayo Oyegbile-Chidi, Board Member of the National Sleep Foundation and Associate Professor of Neurology at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Pointing out that the body is constantly working to fight off disease, Oyegbile-Chidi said that having a good rest can help the body reset white blood cell counts.

“We know that white blood cells can go down while they fight bacteria, etc … but when you sleep well, white blood cells and other immune factors are basically reset, or“ back up ”. And this can lead to overall improved health [and you’re] less likely to have infections, ”she said.

It is recommended that adults spend seven to nine hours a night. Children need eight to eleven hours a night.

People who wake up after a bad night’s sleep may feel depressed, irritable, and / or moody throughout the day.

“Sometimes you just have this mental fog: You can’t concentrate as well as if you had slept well,” she says.

“If you continue to have less sleep, it is the same over time. It starts to build up in your brain. After a while, that lightheadedness, irritability, and crankiness begin to turn into depression, anxiety, and these kinds of mental disorders that we try to avoid. “

People who have become very sleep deprived over time may find that not only are they unable to think, but they also believe that their personality is irritable or moody.

“Once you get that sleep under control, you will actually find that your mental health, happiness and wellbeing will be much better than if you continued with this sleep deprivation,” said Oyegbile-Chidi.

For tips and advice on how to get a better night’s sleep, see the audio clip below and the National Sleep Foundation website.

DR. Tips from Temitayo Oyegbile-Chidi for restful sleep

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