Sometimes it seems you’re asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, but nearly everyone has had nights where they just couldn’t get to sleep right away or they woke up after two or three hours and couldn’t go back to sleep. And most have felt the effects the next day.
Your body needs sleep and not just so you don’t nod off at your desk in the afternoon. How well you sleep impacts your overall health.
Even a short run of sleepless nights can hurt your immune system. In a Mayo Clinic FAQ, Timothy Morgenthaler, MD, explains that “your body needs sleep to fight infectious diseases.” Not only does a lack of sleep make you more vulnerable to viruses, but, “Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick,” he says.
The effect is worse when it’s long-term, when it increases the “risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease,” Dr. Morgenthaler says. Read Full Post