A 18-year-old male asked:
i'm a university student, and i generally average around 5-6 hours of sleep during exams. i find that i often fall sick during these periods of low sleep. what can i do to boost my immune system and prevent the flu apart from simply sleeping more?
3 doctor answers
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Enough sleep: You have diagnosed your own problem. Sleep deprivation and stress both reduce your immune system. Getting a flu shot annually would be helpful also. Be sure to wash your hands often especially before eating and drinking and after touching other people's hands. By the way, I think you can learn better when you are having enough rest time.
Answered on Oct 24, 2016
Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Nothing: Sorry, but there is no good solution other than better rest. No vitamins or immune sytem "boosters" are proved to be effective. Follow a generally healthy lifestyle in addition to sleep: balanced diet, exercise, stress reduction, high quality personal relationships. But sleep itself is crucial and these things won't make up for a sleep deficit.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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