Sleep-Hack… It’s Essential To Your Immune System

Just about everything we have on the air with the Loon Morning Crew related to our immune system says that getting the right amount of sleep will help to keep you healthy.  Well in poking around on the CDC website I came across a report on sleep in America.  Here’s a highlight or two from the news release.

  • More than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, according to a new study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
  • The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being. Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.

So what should we do?  There’s a Get-To-Sleep hack that the military came up with that is said to be effective with 96 percent of the fighter pilots that use it.  You can find the report from Business Insider here.  But here’s the basics…

  1. Relax: Starting with the muscles in your face, slowly let yourself relax. Then, move down to the muscles in your arms, and finally your legs.
  2. Breathe: Making sure your shoulders and hands are also relaxed, take some deep breaths. Don’t forget to breathe out slowly!
  3. Clear your mind: Try to let your mind go blank. A tip for this is to picture yourself in a peaceful, serene setting — such as laying in a meadow or sitting by a gentle ocean breeze.

There’s also the old sleep in separate beds routine.  For that we check in with Kramer.