When you're working night shifts, there's always the potential for cold and flu season where you're especially at risk of contracting that nastiness. If you work in the medical field and are constantly interacting with sick people, you’re at an even greater risk.
It’s no secret that when you’re sleep deprived your immune system takes a hit, and you get sick more often. To understand why, let's get all "sciencey".
The Good cells, and the Bad Cells
Natural Killer Cells are a type of white blood cell that play a large role in our immune system. They help destroy illness-causing cells by rejecting virally-infected cells and tumors. Because of the hormones circulating throughout the body, these immune cells peak during the day (in your wakeful hours) in order to repair damaged tissue (when the damage is most likely to occur).
When you’re sleep deprived, an insufficient amount of immune cells are produced during the day, which means there’s not enough to fight off the infections and illnesses that may be entering your system.
Your Immune System
Being well-rested improves the long-term memory for your immune system to function. While sleeping, your body remembers the illness-causing invaders over time, making it so your body knows how to fight it off. However, if you are sleep deprived, you can get sick again from that same virus if exposed to it again in the future.
Blood tests conducted in hospitals called CRP (C-reactive protein) are a general marker for inflammation in the body--its levels will increase in response to inflammation. Studies show that when you’re sleep deprived, the CRP levels are elevated--putting the body at risk for diseases, chronic infections, and even cancer.
In a Nutshell...
When you don’t get adequate sleep, you don’t produce enough immune cells. This impedes the function of the immune system, and introduces a body more susceptible to illnesses and infections.
I can’t say it enough. Adequate sleep is VITAL to our health. So how do those of us suffering from sleep deprivation, or who are working the night shift, fight back?
The Fab Four
NightRevive has several key ingredients to thwart off infections and boost your immune system:
- Anthocyanins are a component of blueberries. They act like flavonoids by reducing the length of flu-viral systems by several days. Studies show that anthocyanins have some mysterious illness-fighting potential which helps support the immune system.
- Vitamin D is necessary to boost white blood cell production. Sufficient levels of this help fight off illness-causing cells quickly and effectively before developing into a serious infection. Supplementation is especially necessary in the winter months when flu viruses are prevalent, and Vitamin D is low.
- Vitamin C. While Vitamin C isn’t exactly effective for the prevention of illnesses in a healthy population, sleep deprivation is a whole other issue. Vitamin C (when combined with Zinc) work to decrease frequency and duration of colds, so it’s a key component if you don’t want to be sick often and for a while. Most mammals produce Vitamin C on their own when they’re under stress; however, humans are one of the only mammals that won’t. This means that those of you who are carrying a lot of stress on your shoulders will need some extra Vitamin C.
- Zinc is one of the most important micronutrients. Taking it at the onset of full symptoms appears to be effective in reducing severity and duration of upper respiratory infections and illnesses. It also appears to reduce the frequency of getting viral colds. Those of us who are up till the wee hours of the morning, or are very active during the day (and not getting sufficient recovery rest), are deficient in these micronutrients.
Sleep deprivation is serious stuff and can have a hazardous effect on your health. Taking NightRevive can strengthen your immune system and help you kick your next cold/flu (while fighting for you long term) to the curb.