Lack of Sleep Leads to Greater Chance of Getting Sick

December 2, 2023 · Mattress Warehouse

Most people know getting consistent, regular sleep is good for your physical and mental well-being. Some, however, are hazy as to what happens when you don’t get enough solid sleep.

According to WebMD, lack of sleep weakens our immune systems, leading to greater risks of getting sick. Sleep deprivation – or going more than one night without a good night’s sleep – puts your body at high risk of catching anything from a cold, to a sinus infection, or even the flu.

It doesn’t stop there. Lack of sleep not only increases your chances of getting sick, it also influences how you fight off the illness once you have it. For example, your body’s natural defense against some illnesses is increasing the temperature of your body – basically, you get a fever. The higher temperatures kill of bacteria and other germs inside your body. Once the bad stuff is destroyed, your temperature goes down.

When it comes to lack of sleep, your body’s ability to regulate your temperature is stunted and your ability to fight off the infection is significantly impaired.

There are many different reasons why you might not be able to sleep. Any type of stress could prevent you from getting the sleep you need. Certain medical conditions – such as insomnia and untreated sleep apnea – can also lower your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.

One of the major reasons, however, is feeling uncomfortable while you’re sleeping. If you’re tossing and turning throughout the night, it means your mattress has pressure points that’s keeping you from staying relaxed. Likewise, a flat, unsupportive pillow might cause you to move around if your neck is not aligned with your spine.

When it comes to your health, it’s never a good time to put off purchasing something that will help keep you happy and healthy. Mattress Warehouse has a variety of new mattresses and pillows that will help you sleep throughout the night and wake up rested, helping to prevent illnesses. Also at Mattress Warehouse, you will find their bedMATCH system, which tests you scientifically to see which mattresses are a perfect fit for you.