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How does sleep help in preventing diseases?

Written By Samarth Staff | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Anup Bagchi, MBBS, Geriatric specialist

Quality sleep is crucial for disease prevention in seniors as it supports various aspects of health and well-being. Adequate sleep boosts immune function, enhancing seniors’ ability to fight off infections and diseases. It also plays a vital role in cognitive function, memory, and decision-making, reducing the risk of cognitive decline and neurological disorders. 

Quality sleep is associated with improved heart health, lower blood pressure, and reduced inflammation, lowering the risk of cardiovascular conditions. 

Additionally, sufficient sleep helps manage weight by regulating appetite hormones, reducing the risk of obesity-related diseases like diabetes. Sleep also promotes mental well-being, reducing the risk of depression, anxiety, and mood disorders in seniors. Hormonal balance is crucial for overall health, and sleep supports the production of hormones involved in growth, repair, and metabolism. It’s important to keep in mind, adequate sleep facilitates healing and recovery processes, promoting tissue repair and muscle recovery, which is essential for preventing injuries and illnesses. 

Seniors who get enough sleep are more alert, have better balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls and related injuries. Therefore, prioritizing sufficient and quality sleep is essential for disease prevention and maintaining overall health in seniors.

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