Sleep has countless benefits in giving our bodies rest, and restoring energy and vitality to practice life, but many do not know the importance of sleep in treating many diseases in a way that enhances the immune system and speeds up recovery.
In many cases, the doctor asks the patient to stay in bed during the illness, as there are diseases that require sleep and rest to speed up recovery.
In an article published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, Luciana Besedovsky from the German University of Tübingen points out that “sleep increases the effectiveness of the work of T cells and their response to various threats, and this is a very important characteristic, if we take into account the sleep disorders that are currently widespread, as well as The problems it causes, such as depression and stress.
According to scientists, the brain and the hormonal system of the body always produce two types of signals, one type forces the body to sleep and the other prevents it from sleeping. Fluctuations in the strength of these signals affect our ability to fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning, and any imbalance in this leads to insomnia or narcolepsy.
In recent years, scientists have discovered the effect of these signals not only on the desire to sleep, but also on the work of various body cell systems. For example, sleep disturbance is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and the aging of all cells of the body and other problems. The scientific team headed by Besedovsky discovered that sleep affects the work of the body and the ability of T cells, which are responsible for immunity, to recognize and kill infected cells.
The most prominent diseases that need sleep to overcome.
1- Flu .
When you have the flu, it is recommended to get a good amount of sleep and rest, because exerting effort leads to the secretion of hormones in the body that cause weak immunity, such as cortisol, which negatively affects white blood cells.During flu, the immune system needs to direct all its efforts and energy to fight the disease.
Thus, any other fatigue on the body or infection, will require additional confrontation from the immune system, which prolongs the duration of the disease and can cause complications.
2. Severe headache.
As a result of extreme stress and not sleeping well, many people can feel severe head pain, in addition to spinning and imbalance.In this case, the best solution is to get the rest and sleep that the body needs to get rid of severe headaches.
It may be difficult for some people with headaches to sleep, and therefore you can drink a cup of anise or mint or a cup of warm milk, as these drinks will help calm the nerves and fall asleep quickly.
3. Back, shoulder and neck pai.
When suffering from back, neck or shoulder pain, the body needs rest to reduce pressure on it, and therefore sleep is an appropriate solution to relieve these symptoms.
But you must adhere to the correct sleeping positions, because some positions can increase the pain.
If there is back pain, it is recommended to sleep on the back with a small pillow under the pelvis to reduce tendon problems, but if you prefer to sleep on one side, a pillow should be placed between the legs.
Neck pain also requires sleeping on the back with the use of a medical pillow at an appropriate height, and it is preferable to put pillows under the arms as well.
It is also recommended to sleep on the back in case of pain in the shoulders, with a pillow under the head, and should not sleep on the stomach or on the affected shoulder.
4- leg pain.
Leg pain can occur due to weight gain and excessive pressure on the joints for long periods without rest.
The best thing in this problem is to lie on the mattress with a pillow under the legs, this ensures pain relief, especially if it is accompanied by swelling.
Sleep is of great importance for diabetics, as lack of sleep causes an increase in hemoglobin level, and thus difficulty controlling blood sugar.
At the same time, it is not recommended to sleep for long periods, but sleep should be regular and moderate to ensure the maintenance of sugar levels.
6 – Diseases of pressure and heart.
There is a strong relationship between lack of sleep and high blood pressure, as well as heart disease, because good sleep activates the body’s tissues to better dispose of waste, especially the tissues of the heart and blood vessels.
Sleep also helps increase the body’s ability to expel biochemical waste from food, especially fatty foods, which cause high levels of harmful cholesterol in the blood and thus high blood pressure.
Sleep also contributes to relaxing the blood network and protecting it from tension and spasm, and thus ensures better blood flow throughout the body.
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