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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Sleep deprivation: Refer to diagram. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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