Everyday we’re hearing front line workers, our older family members and loved ones getting the COVID vaccine. We know have heard over the years how important sleep is to our wellbeing and health. If you haven’t heard…..it matters. Sleep has a direct impact on our immune system as well. Want to get the best out of your COVID vaccine?
“As COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed, it is of utmost importance that patients continue to prioritize their sleep to maintain optimal health,” American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) president Dr. Kannan Ramar said in an academy news release. “Getting sufficient, high-quality sleep on a regular basis strengthens your body’s immune system and optimizes your response to a vaccine.”
A good night sleep before and after your COVID vaccine could be very advantageous. How much sleep is good for you? For most adults 7-8 hours of sleep each night is sufficient. For teenagers they require a bit more sleep each night, around 9-10 hours.
What are some simple tips to sleep better to prepare for your COVID vaccine?
- Set a regular bedtime rhythm. Go to be around the same time each night and wake up around the same time. Listen to a podcast interview with the Sleep Doctor
- Eliminate blue light and technology 60 minutes before bedtime.
- Try stretching and some light yoga. Read more
- Limit alcohol and other heavy foods a few hours before bedtime. Read more
For more tips to create a better sleep environment Read more
Our hope is that you’re resting well, staying healthy and soon back to normal with work, relationships and adventures.