Uneasiness resulting to sleepless nights is inevitable in times of a crisis. Some would often find themselves awake in the wee hours despite tucking in bed early all worried about the pandemic. Some would binge watch series on TV or glue themselves on their phones to distract themselves. Others (especially frontliners) would end up with not much sleep at all given the demands and pressure of their jobs. Bottomline is: A lot of people are sleep-deprived one way or another, with their health on the line.
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It's said that a good night's sleep is important to the overall well-being. In an email interview with ABS-CBN Lifestyle, Dr. Alejandro Saranglao Jr. (MD Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine) of the Concord Hospital in New Hampshire noted a number of reasons why having a good sleep routine can help people become stronger against coronavirus.
First, he emphasized the importance of sleep and rest to the immune system. "Studies have shown that people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, even the common cold. Lack of sleep also lengthens recovery time if you do get sick," he said.
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Dr. Saranglao Jr. also noted how sleep keeps the brain sharp, which when neglected, can lead to lack of creativity, poor memory, and judgment plus slower reaction time. "In a time of a viral pandemic, doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers need to think clearly to avoid making medical errors, not only to protect their patients but also themselves by avoiding preventable lapses
More so, since reports on most of the COVID-19 casualties showed how people with underlying conditions, including diabetes and hypertension are greatly affected by the virus, Dr. Saranglao Jr. said it's sleep that can maintain your physical health and longevity. "Poor sleep habits have been linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory conditions and infection and thus increase in in mortality risk.
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