We are all looking for better treatment options for COVID. What if I told you that we all already have access to one and a lot of us are not taking the full dose every day? Yep, I’m talking about sleep.
If you talked to me back in December 2019, then you would likely have heard me rave about Matthew Walker’s book Why we sleep. If you want to do something to boost your immune system that has been proven by many, many, many studies to work, then get 8 hours of sleep a night. I highly recommend the book. If you don’t want to read the book, here is a TED talk interview with Matthew Walker. And, if you don’t want to watch the hour-long talk then trust me that there is a lot of data that links your immune system’s health with the practice of getting at least 8 hrs of sleep a night. In his opening on the TED talk, he reviews the findings of a study that looked at sleep and contracting the Rhinovirus, another respiratory virus that causes the common cold.
Individuals report that getting less than 7 hours of sleep had almost a 3 fold increased likelihood of getting infected by the Rhinovirus relative to those that were getting 8 hrs of sleep.
If you read the chapter on sleep and the immune system, he goes over dozens of studies showing the relationship. I’m not going to wait for a study to show this same relationship with COVID. I’m just going to keep trying to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
Stay emotionally connected and physically asleep for 8 hours every night,
PS: From the Daily Dharma that I subscribe to.
It’s very difficult to be caught up in lots of distracting thoughts when there is a strong sense of appreciation in your life. -Andy Puddicombe, “10 Tips for Living More Mindfully”
This is Jerry Hoffman MD critiquing the NEJM Remdisivir article. I mentioned him in a prior letter. EMRAP lured him out of retirement to give his thoughts on this one and it’s worth the 5 minutes. I mentioned that we may have jumped too quickly on the Remdisivir bandwagon back in the May 4th letter and it looks like the suspicion was confirmed. We still need more studies to really figure out the answer.