IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND COVID-19 : WHY SLEEP COULD HELP…

We all know how important sleep is to our health but at the moment we need our immune system working overtime. The immune system is particularly boosted during ‘slow wave sleep‘, the first and third night when we sleep deeply according to The Telegraph.

So, sleep could really help when it comes to COVID-19 as it could stave it off and also minimise the symptoms when it hits. The Telegraph says that ‘while it’s too early for any studies to have been done on the effects of sleep on this particular coronavirus (Covid-19), in 2015 researchers in the US deliberately infected 164 volunteers with the rhinovirus (common cold). They found that the people who slept less than six hours a night were four times more likely to develop cold symptoms than the ones who slept for seven hours or more.’

When you are asleep your body builds up energy, fixing and repairing but the immune system is particularly boosted during ‘slow wave sleep’, the first and third of the night when we sleep deeply when your body can make infection-fighting cells and proteins called antibodies that help defend against illness. Your body releases certain proteins that help the immune system called cytokines, only during sleep.

Not getting enough sleep can also make you more likely to catch viruses or germs.

Healthline added ‘Numerous studies have reported the benefits of a good night’s sleep, and now researchers from Germany have found that sound sleep improves immune cells known as T cells.

“T cells are a type of… immune cells that fight against intracellular pathogens, for example virus-infected cells such as flu, HIV, herpes, and cancer cells,” Stoyan Dimitrov, PhD, a researcher at the University of Tübingen and an author of the study, told Healthline.

The study found a new mechanism through which sleep can assist the immune system.

Kimberley Hardin, MD, director of the sleep medicine fellowship program at the University of California Davis, says many people take good sleep for granted.

“People underestimate the importance of sleep, and less than seven hours per night on a regular basis has negative effects. It essentially creates a fight-or-flight state, with increased stress hormones and release of adrenaline,” she told Healthline.

So, rest up everyone, if you can’t get those hours in at night then try resting in the day even if it’s outside in the sunshine. Just get as many zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz as possible.

TWENTY + REASONS TO LEARN HOW TO MEDITATE…

During this trying time on us all it is essential that we keep as fit and healthy as possible and one way of achieving this is by learning how to meditate.

Here’s 20+ reasons why you should learn to meditate.

It makes you feel happier. It improved your memory. It makes you feel more grateful. It reduces stress. It improved sleep. It improves concentration. It encourages compassion. It helps with decision making. It encourages mindfulness. It helps fight addictions. It delays onset of Alzheimer’s. It encourages a healthy lifestyle. It reduces back pain. It reduces loneliness. It encourages weight loss. It slows down the ageing process. It’s FREE. It involves no physical exertion. It heals your soul. It improved your cardiovascular health. It helps process emotions. It’s linked to a more creative mind.

Some tips on learning and practicing meditation are – Practice daily, decide a time you can practice without interference everyday. Start small, say just two minutes. Get comfortable, choose your space and sit in a comfortable position. Focus on your breathing and realise that your mind will have a lot of thoughts going through it at the moment. Your thoughts will wander, this is normal.

Four great FREE apps you can download to start your journey are – HEADSPACE – one of the most popular apps characterised by cute animations to help people start their meditation journey. Some meditations can be as short as 1-3 minutes so a great app for beginners. CALM – a great sleep and relaxation app with great pictures rather than words to help you stay with the app for longer. INSIGHT TIMER tons of free guided meditation and mindfulness. MINDFULNESS – this app was created by two yoga and mindfulness professionals. You can start your meditation practice with only 5 mins per day, and track your progress. It’s indicated for beginners, kids and even people that have been meditating for a long time. A great all rounder app.

You can find lots of infographics on meditation from Pinterest and I have written a few blog posts on the subject –

It’s Sleep Sunday – Let’s Talk About Sleep and Meditation Therapy,

Practice Mindful Breathing to Help Ease Pain

Top Tips on How to Find Your Inner Peace with Meditation

WORLD SLEEP DAY MARCH 13th 2020…

World Sleep Day is about raising awareness of sleep problems and the health effects that these cause, including other problems that are subsequently caused by it in the economy, education and so on. Of course it is also about preventing sleep problems and disorders in the first place. If you research the effects of lack of quality sleep more deeply, then the conclusion is that basically it makes people age faster. Higher cancer risk, higher diabetes risk, obesity, low testosterone in men, higher risk of osteoporosis in women, higher risk for Altzheimer’s etc. are all effects normally linked to aging.

It’s organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine. This year’s motto is “Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet”. Last year’s was “Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging”. World Sleep Day . It is an annual event, and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year. Future dates will be: Friday, March 13, 2020 & Friday, March 12, 2021.

A new smart, modular bed rocker system, for adults from Ensven has a particularly interesting feature in that it can detect shallow/bad sleep – restlessness – and automatically react to rock the sleeper(s) back into recuperative deep sleep. Ensven have a youtube video which shows how this works. It’s worked for years with babies so it’s no surprise it could work for everyone else.

Sleep is so important for health that it’s becoming the most talked about subject but if you can get it right then your health will benefit.

SLEEP SUNDAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP WITH THESE THREE GREAT OFFERS…

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They have guide to common sleeping positions. You can take power over your power naps; Many of us have been there, unable to work out why that one sleeping position sends us drifting while others put dead legs, sore necks and more troublesome obstacles between us and our Z’s. You may be lucky enough to hop into bed without much thought about how to get comfortable. Even if this is the case, it is still great to know how the position you sleep in affects your body.

Another great offer for something to help you sleep people who snore is the Slumber Bump who’s special offer is For Friends & Family Event with 25% off , February 14-29|Code: FriendsRock.

The slumberBUMP™ has a proven track-record of improving people’s quality of sleep if they suffer from positional snoring (also known as positional sleep disordered breathing.) There are a few obvious signs that the slumberBUMP is helping you, like waking up with more energy and without a headache. While these are great signs, we wanted to take it a step further and give you the ability to keep track of your progress with what we are calling, The 21-Day Challenge.

slumberBUMP recommends Snore Lab to give you a more unique insight into how well you are actually sleeping at night. The helpful Snore Lab app, recommended by doctors around the globe, will track exactly how loudly and for how long you snore over the night. Starting from the day you receive your slumberBUMP for the next three weeks, you will be able to enter your sleep data and plot out your progress with the slumberBUMP. They ship to the U.K.

Another great offer is from Grass & Co where if you enter your email address you can get a 20% discount code and their CBD guide ebook.

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Grass & Co. Sleep Mask – Made from the highest quality mulberry silk, these luxurious masks are a must-have winter sleep accessory. It costs £57 and would make a great Mother’s Day gift.