The #1 thing you can do to for your immunity is sleep well.
I have intentionally not written lots of ‘immunity’ posts these past eight months, because I generally steer clear of riding trends and buzzwords.
But sleep is something I’ve written about many times before, and I felt that today it is worth bringing to your attention again.
Sleep is when your body, which is by far the most complex machine on the planet, and which has an incredible capacity to heal itself, heals itself.
And no, I’m sorry, but it is not likely that you are in the 1% of people who can ‘get by’ on four hours of sleep.
In fact if you have been doing so, then likely, what you have been doing is ‘getting by for now’ until you get sick later.
To the night shift workers, parents of infants, and others who have major obstacles in the way of good sleep: I salute you.
Everyone else: you’re supposed to be in bed when it’s dark out. The invention of alarm clocks, electronic devices, and late-night movies has not changed what tens of thousands of years of evolution developed.
Here are some of my favorite tips to improve the quality of your sleep:
- Get in bed (horizontal) by 10 PM at least.
- No light of any kind in the room, or, wear an eye mask.
- Room temperature should be cool, not warm or hot.
- No wifi, bluetooth, devices on in the room at all.
- No electronics for 30 minutes or more before bed.
- Dim the lights all around the house an hour or two before bed.
- Create a personal routine, perhaps including a spiritual component, reading, or breathwork.
- Don’t eat any large late meals or drink too much close to bedtime.
- Don’t workout right before bedtime.
There are others. It’s not about doing them all.
Try one or two, see what works for you.
Sure: food, sunlight, water, supplements, exercise, and other things will boost your immunity as well.
But if you’re not sleeping well, at best you are greatly reducing the potential benefits you could be getting from doing all of those other things really well.
Oh, also: it works, and it’s free.