HEALTH: How COVID-19 Changes Our Sleep – The Atlantic

The goal, then, is breaking out of this cycle, or preventing it altogether. Here the benefits of sleep extend throughout the body. “Sleep is important for effective immune function, and it also helps to regulate metabolism, including glucose and mechanisms controlling appetite and weight gain,” Miller says. All of these bear directly on COVID-19, as risk factors for severe cases include diabetes, obesity, and sleep apnea. Even in the short term, getting enough deep, slow-wave sleep will optimize your metabolism and make you maximally prepared should you fall ill. These effects may even bear on vaccination. Flu shots appear to be more effective among people who have slept well in the days preceding getting one.

How COVID-19 Changes Our Sleep – The Atlantic

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Get your Z’s. Take your vitamins (even if you’re making some “expensive urine”)! And, drink your water.

Then, relax and hand on for the ride.

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One thought on “HEALTH: How COVID-19 Changes Our Sleep – The Atlantic

  1. Good advice! I’ve been getting WAYYYYY too much of my sleep in little two hour type spurts the last few months. Combine that with a highly irregular diet (heh, that rests inordinately upon a base made of chocolate and lubricated with milk) and it’s not exactly the healthiest of lifestyles to face COVID with. Fortunately, I’ve easily adapted to the “lockdown” style of living: I compute-communicate happily during most of my waking hours and do pretty much all my shopping online. Outside of two visits with my nieces, and a short Costco drop off of supplies from my brother, I’ve had just TWO in-person-in-room type interactions since March: two afternoon trips to the local VFW club in the daytime — a period when there’s never anyone except a long-time barkeep friend and occasionally a postman on extended break-time. Combine the limited personal interaction with the “pseudo-vaccination effect” of being a smoker and I haven’t had a touch of C-19 yet.

    (Re that vax effect: See the bottom lines of the 7,000 COVID patient study by the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6913e2.htm#T1_down and you’ll note that where they were expecting OVER 1,000 sick smokers (i.e. 15% of 7,000 US adults) they ended up with just 96! Those kind of #s have been duplicated in almost every study in every country around the world though usually less strongly. The sole exception is straight out of our own antismoking hotbed in California at Stanford — I haven’t had time yet to really look at it and figure out how they got their results… but the scent seems a bit off. LOL!)

    Hope things are going well up there with you and all at Manhattan! The worst thing we had to deal with in the dorms during my years there (69-73) was dirty laundry!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    :)
    Michael

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