With finals approaching and yet another unpredictable Chicago winter among us everyone seems to be getting sick. In an article published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Professor Mohd. Razali Salleh describes the relationship between stress and illness. He emphasizes the effects of stress on the immune system, which can ultimately manifest an illness.
Stress raises levels of both catecholamine and suppressor T cells. These suppress the immune system, thus increasing ones susceptibility to viral infections. Stress also effects various other components of ones health, altering stomach acid concentration and can facilitate the path toward multiple diseases, both mental and physical.
Under these circumstances it seems virtually impossible to refrain from getting sick. However as we briefly mentioned in class in respect to aspects of life that cause on to be sad or angry there are also coping mechanisms that can help when dealing with stress. Healthy sleeping and eating habits can also greatly increase ones chances of getting through finals week without a trace of sickness.