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Sleep tight & fight well, else might immunity not be right!

Sleep tight & fight well, else might immunity not be right!

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The latest study from University of Washington Health Sciences in association with UW Medicine found that sleep deprivation might lead to weakened immunity which increases the chances for infections. 

Editor Posted by Ansheed

Make you sleep right!

Sleeping unarguably is one of the most important bodily processes that is inevitable for a human being. The high functioning human brain requires rest to get itself prepared for the next day. That doesn't mean that brain shuts during sleep, in fact, the brain is one of the most active organs in our body during sleep, but studies proved that it is mainly during sleep does the new neural networks are been formed. It’s not memory alone, but physical rejuvenation, emotional optimization, thought processing, daytime vitality etc. are some of the factors being directly influenced by sleep.

So skipping, depriving or losing the quality of sleep may not be a good choice for those who are health conscious. According to this new study, it’s revealed that depriving sleep might interfere with the immune response. The study was done using twin volunteers in order to stand close to the ideal results.

More about study

In order find the effects of sleep deprivation on the immune system, researchers gathered 11 pairs of twin volunteers with dissimilar sleep patterns and collected blood samples from each, which was later was tested for antibody presence after being vaccinated. It was found that on each twin pair those who slept less had a more depressed immune response than the one who had sufficient sleep. Thus the researchers could land on a conclusion that sleep deprivation indeed reduced the immune activity.

The wonder part was employing twin volunteers for the study rather any random one. This was done purposely to account for the genetic factors that influence the sleep cycle in a person. According to the findings, it shall be understood that only 30 ~ 55 % would account for genetic reasons influencing sleep, whereas rest might be regulated depending on the sleeping environment.

Inference of the study

In a previous study, it was found that short naps under laboratory conditions proved to improve the immune system and increase the mental alertness, however chronic sleep deprivation, on the other hand, yielded an entirely opposite result. According to surveys from CDC, it was found that Americans sleeps 1.5 ~ 2 hours less than the average of the previous century, which in fact has many changes over the immune system, comparably. Also, chances of getting a rhinovirus infection on sleep deprived people were higher than those who slept sufficiently. On an average, one-third of working class in the US sleeps less than 6 hours, which is supposed to be between 6 ~ 8 hours. Now that you have read the clinical proof, you got a reason to stick to bed after the alarm went off!


DOI: 10.1093/sleep/zsw019