Lack of sleep affects respiratory system, cause diseases

People who don't get enough sleep are at a higher risk of contracting upper respiratory tract infections, especially children whose immune systems are not yet fully developed.
Date Posted: Mar 1, 2017

People who don't get enough sleep are at a higher risk of contracting upper respiratory tract infections, especially children whose immune systems are not yet fully developed.

According to a study conducted by the National Library of Medicine, people who get less than seven hours of sleep are three times more likely to develop a cold than those with eight hours or more sleep.

That’s why getting enough sleep is important because it is the process of repairing damaged tissues, said Dr. Rey Salinel, an infectious disease expert.

Salinel added that it is important to treat common colds as soon as possible to avoid complications. This is because the cold virus, if left untreated, could lead to sinusitis, inflammation of the ear and worse, pneumonia.

To recover faster from sickness, Salinel says drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep will help. He, meanwhile, recommends using vapor rub with continuous 8- hour relief.

“Using vapor rub, mas makakatulog ka nang mahimbing at mas mabilis ma-repair ‘yung mga nasirang tissues dahil sa virus na ito,” Salinel said.

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