A recent report from CNN, citing studies published by the Journal of the American Medical Association and the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, suggested that consistent, healthy sleep may lead to increased efficacy of the influenza vaccine.
Dr. Jyoti Matta, M.D., Director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at Jersey City Medical Center says that increased levels of cortisol and melatonin can increase the inflammatory response in people who do not get enough sleep. This inflammation may get in the way of antibodies and immune response produced by the flu vaccination. This is why it’s important to practice healthy sleep habits. Otherwise, you may be contributing to a less effective flu shot.
Healthy sleep habits not only contribute to the efficacy of the flu vaccine, but also to the overall health of your immune system. Good sleep hygiene is a healthy habit year-round, not just during flu season. Sleeping well helps your immune system function more efficiently. Antibodies and cells that fight infection are reduced when you don’t get enough sleep. Generally, people that get less sleep are more at risk of stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, stroke, and cardiovascular problems.
The solution to fighting these problems is simple. A daily, quality sleep routine.
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