Sleeping 7 hours per day is most likely what saved me from Covid-19.

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Last week, my partner became ill with Covid-19.

Despite our extensive travel, we have been relatively fortunate in avoiding Covid-19. My partner, on the other hand, had a high fever followed by a sore throat last week. We had just gone out drinking and playing tennis over the weekend, so we decided to get an antigen test just to be sure. The test result was negative, but my partner still had a fever and a dry cough. My partner took the test again last Thursday, during the national holiday of Hindu Balinese Day of Silence. This time, the outcome was positive. We slept in a separate bedroom for a few days after she developed symptoms, and both she and I wore masks inside the house.

Despite my somewhat questionable lifestyle, I still haven’t contracted Covid-19

During the rise of the lethal Delta variant, my partner and I worked entirely from home and were extremely cautious. We only began leaving the house again after the cases were dropped. But then came Omicron, which appears to be infecting almost everyone I know, albeit with milder symptoms. Despite being a healthy adult, I am wary of Covid-19 because my parents would visit from time to time, and they are both highly mobile in their late 50s and 60s, and I didn’t want to infect them. I’m also a heavy smoker, which means my lungs aren’t in great shape, and being infected with Covid-19 would be a death sentence. In addition, I lost a cousin who’s only 23 years old to Covid-19 last year during the rise of the Delta variant.

My partner is the healthy one in the relationship, but there is one thing I have that she does not have.

An adequate amount of sleeping.

I used to be a chronic insomniac, so I understand how dangerous sleep deprivation can be. I now make it a point to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Thanks to daily meditation practice and a moderate amount of daily exercise, I was never sleep deprived again. My partner, on the other hand, had been sleep-deprived for nearly a month. She was balancing her work as an educator while taking an intensive digital marketing classes. Every day, she slept for as little as 3 to 4 hours. So, despite being the healthier person in the relationship, she was the one who contracted Covid-19, while I escaped unscathed with no symptoms. After she tested positive, I took two more tests because I needed to travel to Yogyakarta and my results were always negative. Both of us are fully vaccinated (and will soon receive boosters), and we spent the majority of our working days at home; I work entirely from home, and she came to the office two or three times per week.

The Detrimental Effects of Sleep Deprivation.

Sleep deprivation weakens your immune system.

According to studies, people who do not get enough or quality sleep are more likely to become ill after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold virus. Sleep deprivation can also affect how quickly you recover if you become ill. I was very concerned about my sleep. My partner usually wakes up earlier than I do because she sleeps earlier as well, but almost always for less than 7 hours per day.

An adult requires at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day.

I religiously tracked my sleep using an iOS app called SleepWatch, which detected light and deep sleep, intrusion during sleep, and whether my blood oxygen was at a healthy level.

Improve your sleeping habits; as you become older, you’ll see how destructive it may be to your physical and psychological well-being.

I am more of a night owl than a morning person. However, I make sure to get a decent quantity of sleep, never allowing myself to sleep fewer than seven hours a night under any circumstances. Sleeping earlier is necessary if you don’t have the luxury of starting your day at 10 a.m. as I do. And if you’re having trouble falling asleep, there are a slew of publications out there that can help. A good night’s sleep can have a positive impact on your health and well-being, and it may even help you avoid contracting the Covid-19 virus.

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Dedicating myself to digital media and tech for social issues. Live fully as a coffee, literature, and arts adventurer. A self-proclaimed geek and a proud queer

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Dedicating myself to digital media and tech for social issues. Live fully as a coffee, literature, and arts adventurer. A self-proclaimed geek and a proud queer

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