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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Behaviorally Assessed Sleep and Susceptibility to the Common Cold | Sleep | Oxford Academic

What does the amount of sleep you achieve have to do with getting a cold or your immune response to vaccinations? A 2015 study shows sleep duration of less than six hours was associated with greater susceptibility to the common cold. Short sleep duration in a number of studies has been linked to reduced antibody production after immunization. Thus, you may not be getting the full bang for the buck with your vaccinations if you are not getting sufficient sleep. The Nurses' Health Study of more than 71,000 women followed for ten years also demonstrated higher risk for coronary heart disease in those with short sleep durations. As a rough guide, the average nightly sleep requirements are: -Adults: 7-8 hours -Adolescents: 8-9 hours -Children aged 6-13 years: 9-11 hours Natural variance exist (short sleepers and long sleepers); however, the sleep requirement for variants will be consistent within that individual's life. Sleep for your health. :)
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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