Sleep is important for our body and mind. When we don’t sleep enough we feel that our body is not functioning as it should. We also have problems concentrating and memorizing things. Apparently, sleep deprivation can also make us ill.
A new study shows that sleep deprivation can weaken the immune system. This means that we are more likely to get sick if we don’t sleep enough. A new study made by researchers from the University of Washington showed the effects of sleep deprivation on our immune system.
In order to complete this study, the researchers analyzed the sleeping patterns of 11 pairs of identical twins. These people had different sleep patterns. The researchers discovered that those who slept less had problems with their immune system.
“What we show is that the immune system functions best when it gets enough sleep. Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health,” said lead author Dr. Nathaniel Watson, co-director of the UW Medicine Sleep Center at Harborview Medical Center.
Despite the fact that there are previous studies that showed that sleep deprivation can increase inflammatory markers, there was no study about the long-term effect of sleep deprivation. The researchers mentioned that they used “real world” condition in order for their findings to be real.
The researchers mentioned that this study shows that people who are sleep-deprived tend to have low antibody response when they are given a vaccine. The researchers also said that the study showed that when people who don’t sleep enough are exposed to a virus they are more likely to get it.
The study mentioned that the overall health is also affected when a person doesn’t sleep enough. The effects of sleep deprivation can be seen both of short and long term. The researchers said that people should give more importance to sleep. They should realize that sleeping could help them be healthy.
All in all, sleep is important and people should sleep more than 7 hours every day in order to have a healthy body and mind. The research is important because it shows the effects of sleep deprivation on our body.
What is your opinion about this study? Did you know that sleep is tied to our immune system?
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