Sleep Deprivation Can Wreck Immune System – Experts

A medical practitioner at Healing Grace Hospital, Mr. Olawale Bello, has said that lack of enough sleep could among other things hurt the immune system.

Bello told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Ilorin that sleep deprivation leaves the body open to different ailments.

He explained Sleep deprivation as a condition of not having enough sleep; which can be either chronic or acute and advised that in spite of people’s busy schedule, they should make out time to have enough rest for a healthy life.

”As an adult, one need up to 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, but some people don’t know this or decide to just do as they like.

”Some people don’t even get to sleep at all during the night while some get as low as two or three hours which is not good enough.

”Once you are not getting enough sleep, your skin may soon show it,” Bello said.

He added that waking up with a sore throat, dry mouth, or a headache could also point to a medical reason that one is sleeping poorly.

According to Bello, lack of sleep could also cause some skin disorders.

”Redness, puffiness, dark circles, and bags are all signs that you’re not getting enough shut-eye and the sleep-deprived tend to get more wrinkles, lines, swelling, and droopiness.

”This is because it may be that the body misses out on the hormone control and tissue repair that happens in deep sleep stages,” he said.

The medical expert however advised that regular exercise especially workout that gets heart pumping should be promoted as it helps deeper sleep.

”It is good if one can stick to a schedule, which means going to bed and waking up about the same time each day and keeping the room quiet and dark also helps,” Bello added.

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