Sleeping plays a huge role in reducing inflammation in your body.
Not getting enough sleep is pro-inflammatory, and stressful.
Getting enough sleep acts as an anti-inflammatory.
When you get enough sleep, your body has a chance to heal from the stress of the day, release human growth hormones and generally take care of the business that being awake gets in the way of.
On the other hand, poor sleep raises your overall level of cortisol. Chronically high levels of cortisol are damaging to the body and can result in impaired thyroid functioning, lower levels of growth hormone, and increased abdominal fat.