Feeling tired and run down? Getting a good night’s sleep is a great way to help support your immune system.
Sleep and immune system function are closely linked. When you’re getting enough sleep, this can help to strengthen your immune system. Conversely, your sleep can be disrupted when your immune system is responding to anything that may not belong to your body in it’s efforts to keep you healthy1.
But just how is the immune system strengthened by sleep?
Sleep affects a wide variety of immune functions. For example, when we’re asleep, the body produces a careful balance of cytokines, small proteins that play an important part in the body’s immune response, helping your immune system to manage anything that may not belong to your body as you sleep2.
Not getting enough sleep can affect your overall health and daily life, but what does lack of sleep do to your immune system?