Poor sleep increases the risk of infection
Bayındır Söğütözü Hospital Psychiatry and Sleep Disorders Specialist Prof. Dr. Fuat Özgen said that bacterial and viral infections develop 3 times more frequently in those who sleep less than 7 hours.
Turkey according to a statement from Isbank Group companies among the flourishing Health Group, the most unfounded when the face of deprivation, a condition that must be put in place inevitably and inexorably sleep, physiological needs necessary for life, such as eating and drinking. Contrary to popular belief, sleep involves various stages controlled by many parts of the brain, but a complex process. Healthy sleep can be achieved by observing these stages in sufficient time.
Prof. Dr. Fuat Özgen stated that bacterial and viral infections develop 3 times more frequently in those who sleep less than 7 hours, and emphasized that help should be sought when sleep is disturbed for more than a month and daily functions are inhibited.
Prof. Dr. Özgen stated that the epidemic process caused anxiety and anxiety due to the threat posed to human existence, as well as changes in sleep times and patterns due to the change in the way of life, and used the following statements:
"During the pandemic process, the transition of schools to online education, working from home and restrictions have fundamentally changed our lifestyle. As a result of these, changes have occurred in our sleep time and pattern. Night sleep is important. Daytime sleep does not negatively affect night sleep, between 13.30 and 15.00. Sleep at other hours of the day negatively affects the duration and quality of night sleep. In terms of sleep health, waking up early in the morning and going to bed at night is the best way.
Noting that the shortening of sleep time increases the rates of various proteins that play a role in immunity, Özgen stated that the level of molecules that protect against infection released from blood cells decreased and the tendency to infections increased.
Prof. Dr. Özgen listed the symptoms of sleep deprivation during the day as follows:
"Fatigue, malaise, difficulty in attention, concentration or memory, impaired social or occupational functionality or poor school performance, mood disturbance or irritability. Daytime sleepiness, decreased motivation, energy or initiative, work or driving Increased tendency to make mistakes or accidents. Weakened immune system due to sleep deprivation. Tension, headache or gastrointestinal symptoms. Worries and struggles about sleep. "
Underlining that patients with sleep-disordered breathing, including Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, should follow the recommendations of their healthcare professionals during the epidemic period, Özgen said:
"This patient group may be in the risky group, mostly because it carries hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease or risk. In this process, it is not necessary to go outside the essential requirements until the measures are gradually reduced.