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Proper Sleep = Stronger Immune System

 Now, more than ever, we need to actively and responsibly manage our health by boosting our immune systems. Proper sleep should be your top priority. Why? When we get the benefits of a full night’s sleep, that’s when our bodies revive and restore, mentally and physically. Our immune system remains stronger.

 Dial-a-Bed, in collaboration with UCT specialist Dr Dale Rae and the Sleep Science clinic, brings you the critical insights into how you can best improve your sleep and help to maintain a healthy immune system. It’s a practical guide on how you should, and can, Sleep For Life.

 Why is sleep so critical to your immune system?

Proper sleep is when you fulfil the benefits of a heathy diet and exercise. “Contrary to how we think about our snooze time,” remarks Dr Rae, “sleep is actually an activity. This is when our body processes and recharges. So do our brains.” During sleep the immune system releases proteins called cytokines. These help to fight infection. Interrupted sleep, or sleep deprivation,

reduces your immunity. You produce less proteins. A weakened immune system puts you at higher risk of contracting a viral bug or flu. Also, loss of sleep can mean your immune system won’t fight infection as effectively.

 What is the best sleep for a healthy immune system?

 Sleep differs for everyone. We all have a natural body clock that tells us how much sleep we need. You will have your own sleep cycle. You may need 8 hours. You may be fine with 6 hours sleep a night. You may prefer to sleep and wake up later. Or perhaps you go to bed and get up earlier.

“What is vital to your immune system is not just when, or how long, you sleep,” Dr Rae observes, “but the quality of your sleep.”

 What is good, immunity building sleep?

 A decent night’s sleep happens in stages. It starts with nodding off into light REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. As consciousness relaxes, your sleep deepens through two non-REM stages. Finally, at the third and bottom level, you are in a deep, slow wave sleep, where the important restoring of mind and body takes place. This is when your immune system goes to work. Brain connectivity archives the things you want to memorise. It also processes a glymphatic function, where waste and toxins are removed. Energy levels are restored.

With the right amount of deep sleep, your immune system is ready to fight another day. You will feel the difference. Downtime is less likely. You can’t be immune to a heavy schedule, but you will certainly manage it better.

 A healthy immune system starts with the perfect bed 

 At Dial-a-Bed you will find the widest range of brands and mattress specs to support your perfect night’s sleep. If it’s the quality of your sleep that matters most, you want a quality bed. Don’t compromise. Sleep for a healthier immune system. Sleep for life.

 Shop responsibly 

 Your health comes first. Following current national health directives, Dial-a-Bed has undertaken strict environmental controls to ensure safe store visits. Of course, you may prefer to shop online at www.dialabed.co.za. All product handling and deliveries are also carefully monitored to provide a responsibly sanitized service.

Proper Sleep = Stronger Immune

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