It is so scary when the fever goes up in the middle of the night.
And it usually does.
Then there is a mad scramble for medicines and sponging to lower the fever.
And many times it is so scary that you call the doctor and go to the hospital.
Why does this happen?
Why do fevers rise at the most inconvenient time of the day?
The reason is that the immune system starts working with full power after you go to sleep.
While you are awake, all the other parts of your body are working hard.
It is only when you sleep that the immune system gets a chance to grab the energy and resources it needs to function and eliminate disease.
That is why fevers rise in the night.
But what does that tell you about your body?
1. You need to sleep enough every day so that your immune system has sufficient time to find disease causing cells and organisms and eliminate them. Lack of sleep will make you sick.
2. When you are sick you must sleep more. So that your body can give all it's energy and power to the immune system to help it fight disease and help you recover.
Unfortunately, most of us do not sleep.
Almost every time I consult with a family about a parenting issue - I discover an associated sleep issue.
Not having a sleep routine is the number one parenting mistake.
It has a huge impact on everything - especially immunity.
There are 6 other parenting mistakes that compromise immunity and I write about them in my book
"Building Immunity in Kids"
Published by Juggernaut Books and available on Amazon.
As we battle this wave of sickness let us make the effort to correct the mistakes that we are making with our kids so that they have better immune systems and fall sick less often.