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Sleep Is Linked to Better Immunity • Mirror Daily

A good night’s sleep combined with exercising and healthy eating will keep infections away.

(Mirror Daily, United States) – In a new study that focused on the numerous benefits of snoozing, sleep is linked to better immunity. It seems that the people who get a good night’s rest have more chances of fighting off an infection or a cold than those who skip on the late night Zs.

According to the newest study in the field, sleep is linked to better immunity. The researchers discovered that the patients who don’t get enough sleep are more prone to develop infections or colds than those who respect their snoozing schedule.

Aric Prather is not a first-timer in sleep studies. The doctor already conducted a previous study that concluded that sleep is linked to better immunity. But he wanted to see if the results he obtained while analyzing volunteer patients will coincide with those based on public data recorders.

Prather and his team used the data gathered by the United States Nutrition Examination and National Health surveys starting from 2005 and up until 2012. The researchers examined the medical records of approximately 23,000 women and men, with an average age of 46.

The participants in the study were asked about their average sleep duration, any disorders or sleep problems and whether or not they faced an infection or a cold in the previous month.

The findings showed that sleep is linked to better immunity. The study was published in the Internal Medicine edition of JAMA magazine on the 11th of April.

But the conclusions of the study are not new. Doctors have been linking a healthy sleep routine to an overall better health quality for years now. While they still don’t know whether or not a regular eight-hour sleep routine causes the body to fight off infections better, there is definitely a link between the two.

According to Sheldon Cohen, a psychology professor at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie University, the minimum amount of sleep that every person should get is of seven hours per night. Cohen also mentioned that patients should try creating a routine.

Going to bed and waking up at the same hours every day makes the body work like a well-oiled machine. The T-cells are usually more active and more efficient when patients get enough sleep during the previous night. That is why sleep is linked to better immunity.

“Get more sleep” is one of the easiest and pleasurable advices that doctors ever gave their patients. And even though they keep repeating that and conducting studies, Americans are still sleep deprived.

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