With the cold and flu season upon us, while we continue to adjust to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may find yourself becoming more aware of when you’re not feeling so well. While there are plenty of healthy habits that can protect you from falling ill, there are also other habits that can leave you more susceptible to getting sick.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
When you skip out on the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep, you may be causing more harm to your body than just a bit of grogginess the next day. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces fewer cytokines, which are proteins responsible for fighting off inflammation and infection.
Carrying Too Much Stress
When your body is under large amounts of stress, you are more likely to become sick. This is because stress triggers the release of the stress hormone corticosteroid, which ultimately suppresses the body’s ability to fight off infection Stress can also cause the affected person to cope with other unhealthy behaviors that leave them more likely to get sick.
Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Like most activities, drinking in moderation is okay, but bring-drinking can increase your risk of getting sick. It can also cause your body to take longer to recover than it would otherwise. When you drink large amounts of alcohol, you can damage your liver, which is responsible for producing proteins that help the body ward off bacterial diseases.
Smoking and Using Tobacco Products
Although it is known that smoking and using tobacco products can increase your risk of developing most forms of cancer, it can also suppress your immune system and leave you more susceptible to viral infections and diseases. It also increases your risk of developing autoimmune disorders.
Contact Kirby Medical Center
At Kirby Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping our community learn how to stay healthy and safe. If you are concerned about your health risks and the types of vaccines that are right for you, contact Kirby Medical Center
at 217-762-2115 to learn more about how we can assist with all your healthcare needs.