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Brian Fishman
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Does lack of sleep affect your immune system?

Does lack of sleep affect your immune system?

Yes: Any physical or emotional stress, if significant, can affect your immune system. This includes lack of sleep, anxiety, emotional distress, etc. If you are having difficulty sleeping, try 20-30 minutes of exercise a couple of hours before bed. Melatonin is also a safe otc supplement that helps some people adjust their day/night cycle. ...Read more

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Sleep Deprivation (Definition)

Sleep deprivation is when either consciously or unconsciously you are not allowing your body enough time for sleep. Typically in adult normal time is 6-8 hours. There are some people that require more (> 10 hours). Sleep deprivation can take another form in the type of selective deprivation such as rem sleep deprivation. Typically this may be med induced or ...Read more


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Why does lack of sleep hurt your immune system?

Why does lack of sleep hurt your immune system?

Sleep and immunity: Sleep does play a big role with many systems in our body. It does not actually get weaker it is simply that if the body is tired, the defense systems within the body will not be as alert. ...Read more

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Dr. John Baker
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Could you tell me how long it takes your immune system to recover from lack of sleep?

Immune/sleep: Some parts of the immune system (cellular mediated) are immediately changed (fast changes in chemical mediators such as cytokines), but humoral mediated immunity can sometimes take more time, such as weeks to months to recover, also dependent on degree of sleep deprivation and duration. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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How long do I have to be sleep deprived before it shows effects on my immune system?

How long do I have to be sleep deprived before it shows effects on my immune system?

Chronic just as bad: Sleep deprivation definitely affects the immune system. Chronic sleep deprivation (insomnia, sleep apnea, etc.) definitely affects the immune system. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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I know that not sleeping enough hurts your immune system, but does sleeping more boost your immune system?

Maybe a little bit: A body that is very fatigued, due to lack of sleep, excess stress, being overworked, etc... May get sick more easily. If a person improves and returns to a normal type and duration of sleep, he will no longer have a "lack of sleep". His body and immune system will become more "normal", so his chances of getting sick will be similar to that of a healthy person. Sleeping even more hours won't help. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Rothman
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If I use sleep aids to sleep more, will this boost my immune system?

If I use sleep aids to sleep more, will this boost my immune system?

Maybe: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. If you get better sleep with your sleep aid this could be helpful to your immune syst. ...Read more

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Dr. TRUC DAO
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Why is sleep important to the immune system?

Sleep immune power: One night awake till 3am can reduce immune power by 50% the day after. If body is weak, immune is weakened. Sleep is for all body systems rest and recuperation. Immune is part of whole body harmony. All body functions are in an absolute inter-dependency. Eat well balanced meals, exercise regularly, sleep 7-8h/d, good social life insure minimal health problem when older. ...Read more

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Dr. Sal Aragona
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Is sleep for a strong immune system imporant?

Is sleep for a strong immune system imporant?

Delta phase sleep: There are several phases of sleep and one of the most important levels for maximum rest and renovation is delta phase. This is the deepest level of sleep in which hgh (human growth hormone) is released and in adults provides one of the most potented hormones that naturally helps prevent tissue and organ breakdown. It may be that you have a sleep disorder preventing this level of sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Ways i can boost my immune system? I work 2 jobs with 65 hours a week in total, i don't sleep much and i eat once a day. Is this a contributor?

Immune system: Life style and diet certainly effects your immune system. You are working very hard, but i would find a way to take a few snacks during the day e.g. A handful of nuts or a health bar. Try to find a way to get more sleep or try to take a nap. Take a multivitamin daily. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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