What does sleep have to do with infection healing and wound healing?
In fact, according to a recent article, when you sleep, your brain can attend to other issues within your body. When there are areas that need healing, the brain triggers the release of hormones that encourage tissue growth to repair blood vessels. This helps wounds to heal faster AND also restores sore or damaged muscles. While you sleep, your body can make more white blood cells that can attack viruses and bacteria that may interfere with the healing process. So if you are being treated for an infectious disease or a serious infection, getting enough sleep will be a critical part of your healing plan!
In fact, when you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system is not able to properly protect the body from infection. So getting an infection in the first place becomes a greater risk. According to expert Infectious Disease and Wound Healing doctor Bruce E. Ruben, M.D. of West Bloomfield, Michigan, this is true for viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Dr. Bruce Ruben treats patients from all over Oakland County, Michigan.
It is true that many of us struggle with the ability to get more sleep. We all have so much to do, we live busy lives and somehow sleep gets the short end of the stick. Afterall, that’s what coffee is for, right?! Well, putting all kidding aside, it’s important to consider sleep in infection healing and in wound healing.
So now you know that good, restful sleep is one way that your body recovers from damage and protects itself against illness. If getting those zzzz’s seems like an arduous task, think of it as a “prescription”–one that comes from your own body’s desire to get better, heal, and to remain healthy.
What’s sleep got to do with infection & wound healing?