'SLEEP INCREASES IMMUNITY AGAINST COVID-19'
APRIL 28, 2020 @ 12:19PM
The recent outbreak of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) has caused medical masks and hand sanitisers to fly off the shelves in dispensaries nationwide. However, in the midst of the widespread panic, specialists are saying that sleep is the best way to enhance the immune system as a way to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
Dr Nurul Yaqeen Mohd Esa, Respiratory Specialist and General Physician at Sunway Medical Centre Velocity (SMCV)’s elaborates that there is still no known cure or vaccine for the virus, with many still in the trial and experimentation stage. What all Malaysians can do is ensure that their immune system is strengthened in order to fight off the Covid-19 infection.
“Adequate sleep has been found to improve our immune system. Studies have shown that 30-40% of adults do not get enough sleep, nor do they have knowledge on how much sleep they should be getting. Research has proven that at least 7 hours of sleep is needed by an adult to have good health. Lack of sleep will make our immune system weak. Many doctors and healthcare providers in China have died because of the infection, partly because they were overworked and were lacking sleep,” she says.
Although the amount of sleep is important, other aspects of sleep also contribute to one’s health and wellbeing. Nurul adds one should pay close attention to their sleep habits. Here, she shares her top 10 tips to taking care of our immune systems to ensure it functions as best as possible.
Nurul adds that proper hand and overall hygiene is important as well.
“Medical masks may seem like the most common response to preventing respiratory disease, but always remember to wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based rub or soap and water – this kills the virus if it is on your hands. If you have any symptoms, seek help at your nearest clinic or hospital.
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