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6 things to do every night to sleep better and boost your immune system

Sleep deprivation doesn’t just make us feel tired the next day, it also creates inflammation and increases our risk for disease. Photo: Pexels

(Heather Moday/ CNBC News) –– More than two years after the emergence of a pandemic, we’re still struggling with outbreaks of Covid-19 — and that means building and maintaining a strong immune system should be a top priority.

As an immunologist and functional medicine doctor, I always remind my patients that while genetics, diet and exercise all play a role in our immune response, sleep is one of the most effective ways to prepare your body to fight infection.

Without adequate sleep, your stress hormones can experience dysregulation, affecting your weight, gut health and immune defense. (…)