Those Who Sleep Less Are More Quickly Caught Infections

Pay attention to sleep-disordered breathing during the pandemic process
Pay attention to sleep-disordered breathing during the pandemic process

Sleep, which is the most vulnerable in the face of its deprivation and must inevitably and inevitably be replaced, is a physiological need for life, just like eating and drinking ...

In sleeping less than 7 hours of bacterial and viral infections, indicating that Turkey Business Bank group developed 3 times more often located in Bayındır Healthcare Group companies, flourishing Söğütözü Hospital Specialist Professor of Psychiatry and Sleep Disorders Dr. Fuat Özgen emphasizes that when sleep is disturbed for more than a month and daily functions are in disruption, help should be sought.

Sleep, which is the most vulnerable in the face of its deprivation and must inevitably and inevitably be replaced, is a physiological need for life, almost like eating and drinking. Contrary to popular belief, sleep, which includes various stages controlled by many parts of the brain, involves a complex process. Healthy sleep can be achieved by observing these stages in sufficient time.

Bayındır Söğütözü Hospital Psychiatry and Sleep Disorders Specialist Professor Dr. Dr. Fuat Özgen said, “During the pandemic, schools' transition to online education, working from home and restrictions have fundamentally changed our lifestyle. As a result, changes occurred in our sleep duration and pattern. Habits of getting up late in the morning and sleeping late as a result occurred. However, night sleep is important for a quality and efficient sleep. Between 13.30-15.00 hours when daytime sleep does not negatively affect night sleep Sleep at other times of the day negatively affects the duration and quality of night sleep. In terms of sleep health, it is best to wake up in the morning and go to bed at night, ”he said.


Stating that with the shortening of sleep time, increases in various protein ratios that play a role in immunity Prof. Dr. Fuat Ozgen, He stated that the level of molecules that protect against infection released from blood cells decreased and the tendency to infections increased. Emphasizing that bacterial and viral infections develop 7 times more frequently in those who sleep less than 3 hours. Prof. Dr. OzgenListed the symptoms of sleep deprivation during the day as follows:

  • Tiredness, malaise,
  • Attention, concentration or memory difficulties,
  • Impaired social or professional functionality or poor school performance,
  • Mood disturbance or irritability,
  • Daytime sleepiness,
  • A decrease in motivation, energy or initiative, an increase in the tendency to make mistakes or accidents at work or while driving,
  • Weakening of the immune system due to sleep deprivation.
  • Tension, headache or gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Worries and preoccupations about sleep


Underlining that patients with sleep-disordered breathing, including Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, should follow the recommendations of healthcare professionals during the pandemic process. Prof. Dr. Fuat Ozgen, “This patient group can be in the risky group, mostly because it carries hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease or risk. In this process, until the measures are reduced gradually, they should not go outside the necessary requirements. Patients with sleep-disordered breathing should continue their home positive airway pressure therapy (PAP) as usual. "There is no scientific evidence that PAP worsens COVID-19 or increases the catch," he said.

Stating that patients with sleep breathing disorders with suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 can use PAP devices in an isolated ventilated room, paying attention to both device-accessory and environment cleanliness and minimizing the risk of exposure to household members Prof. Dr. Fuat Ozgen "In addition, the physician should evaluate and decide whether there are symptoms and lung findings that will prevent the use of the PAP device. In this case, the device may be paused until the symptoms improve, ”he said.


Underlining that a good sleep is a very necessary process for our physical and mental repair and regeneration. Prof. Dr. Fuat Ozgen, Stating that when this regeneration is not achieved, the mental health of the patients is negatively affected, he continued as follows: “The risk of developing depression or psychiatric disorders is high in insomniacs. Within 3.5 years (compared to those without insomnia), the development of depression is 4 times more, the development of anxiety disorder is 2 times, and substance abuse or addiction is 7 times more common in insomnia.


Medical history, physical examination and some blood tests are helpful in revealing the causes of insomnia. It is known that computer, television, business life, time spent in traffic, smart phones, homework, stress factors brought about by urban life also lead to an increase in insomnia.

Stating that in some cases medications used for medical or psychiatric problems can also cause insomnia Prof. Dr. Fuat Ozgen“If your sleep is disturbed for more than a month and it disrupts your daily functions, it is time to seek help. "Contact your doctor and ask to speak to a sleep specialist."


  • You should get out of bed when you wake up in the morning. Continuing to sleep in order to rest is not relaxing and can disrupt the sleep rhythm.
  • You should get up at the same time every morning. In order to regulate the circadian rhythm, one should get out of bed at certain times.
  • One should not sleep during the day.
  • Regular exercise should be done, but activities that create excitement should be avoided in the evening.
  • The bedroom should be protected from sound, light and heat.
  • The bedroom should not be used for work other than sleep.
  • Food should not be eaten close to bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeinated, alcoholic, cola drinks and tobacco use.

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