Increase the amount of sleep you’re getting each night.
Many of us under-estimate the importance of a good night’s sleep however a chronic lack of sleep is a fast-track way to lower our immunity and reduce our innate resilience to colds, flu’s and infections.
With the busy, demanding nature of modern life, sleep-disturbances exacerbated by a fast-paced lifestyle and high stress preventing deep relaxation are issues I often see in clinic.
During sleep, the body undergoes vital processes of restoration and repair, helping us to recover from the activities and stress of our day. In particular, during sleep the body produces cytokines, important proteins involved in regulating inflammation, targeting infection and supporting a healthy immune response.
If sleep is de-prioritised we end up losing out on this essential rejuvenating process, which over time increases our vulnerability to more infections and more stress, and so the cycle continues.
Of course, there are numerous reasons why we may experience poor sleep, including hormone imbalances, lifestyle habits such as eating late at night, drinking excess caffeine during the day or spending too much time looking at bright screens in the evening, to name just a few.
Naturopathic and Herbal treatments to support healthy sleep focus on taking a holistic view of the individual in order to build healthy habits and address imbalances as appropriate to the person.
Ideally, for adults between the ages of 18-65, we should be aiming for a good 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you already have an existing health condition then this becomes even more imperative.