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Lack of sleep makes the body more vulnerable to infections

Sleep and Immunity

In today’s rolling quarantine we still recognize the importance of keeping a strong immune system. Sharing this article by Andac Hongur 07.12.2020 from ISTANBUL with our readers to remind us of a few good things to always keep in mind. Lack of sleep makes the body more vulnerable to infections.

SLEEP, exercise, and stress control are significant factors for a strong immune system, said Turkish scientists recently, warning that sleep deprivation causes vulnerability to infectious diseases.

Sleep and Immunity

“Get enough sleep so that enough melatonin is secreted, do not smoke, do not use tobacco products, eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, exercise regularly,” Turkish Kidney Foundation said in a statement on ways to strengthen the immune system.

The foundation also recommended washing hands regularly and properly, as well as reducing stress levels.

“It has been shown that the immune system is impaired and vulnerability to infections rises in many sleep-related diseases,” said Dr. Derya Karadeniz, an expert on sleep disorders, stressing the role of sleep in body repair.

Experimental studies prove a strong relationship between the immune system and sleep, she noted, adding that in a study in which people who were only allowed four hours of sleep for four nights had much weaker immune responses when given the flu vaccine on the fifth day compared to those who had regular hours of sleep.

Timur Erk, the head of the foundation, warned that essential vitamins and minerals should be taken to meet the needs of people amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Healthy diet, exercise, stress control, and sleep … A saying of our grandmothers, ‘children grow asleep’, now applies to all individuals and has been proven by scientific research,” he added.


The Chiropractic lifestyle shares these same principles of maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, stress control, and sleep. In addition the chiropractor recognizes the value of a healthy spine since spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference and how that can also lower the immune system. Read more in our series on the 5 Essentials for Health.

Yours in Natural Health,

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