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Yes Poor Sleep Does Whack Your Immune System

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Cort, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Cort

    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

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    A nice short but telling article in the New York Times indicates that (among other things) poor sleep weakens our immune systems leaving them open to pathogen attack. When you read about all these reactivated viruses you wonder how many of them ME/CFS patients could knock down if they could just get a good nights sleep!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/22/health/22real.html?_r=1&ref=health


    September 22, 2009
    REALLY?
    The Claim: Lack of Sleep Increases the Risk of Catching a Cold.


    ANAHAD OCONNOR scitimes@nytimes.com
     
  2. dannybex

    dannybex Senior Member

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    Interesting...

    ...as that is precisely what Martha Kilcoyne did to completely recover from CFS.

    And then she climbed that mountain, remember?

    d.
     
  3. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    Yes, Martha made a major effort to get 10 hours of good sleep every night, and to take scheduled naps each day. The naps work well for me too, especially when my brain is in hyper mode, which usually means I'm over-tired and really need one.

    Teitelbaum also stresses this in his book, that recovery from CFS is not possible until you begin to get at least 8 hours of recuperative sleep each night.
     
  4. Righthammer

    Righthammer

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    My latest relapse came from not being able to sleep for 4 nights running due to worrying about a relationship break-up ..so I have to agree that sleep is very important to our immune systems ..especially our cfs immune systems !
     
  5. aquariusgirl

    aquariusgirl Senior Member

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    sleep

    You could try sam-e and gaba. I use 200mg of sam-e and maybe 1,000mg of gaba. (i use powder gaba and put it in capsules myself so not entirely sure about the quantity.)

    There are some caveats about sam-e..google for more info.. I think contraindicated for ppl using MAOI inhibitors?
     
  6. Marylib

    Marylib Senior Member

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    Sleep

    Every remission I have ever had has come from going on a new sleep med, and thus for a time getting some decent sleep.

    Alot of people start off with melatonin and some benadryl now and then.

    With the pharmaceuticals (trazodone, the TCA's) it is important to start with very tiny doses. Your doctor may not know that you should start with very small doses.

    Marylib
     

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