Recent studies have indicated that the length of sleep a person experiences will often affect exactly how their body responds to vaccinations, thereby increasing the potential for illness. Research shows that insufficient sleep allows people to be significantly more unprotected by a vaccination.
Sleeplessness Causes Negative Anti-Body Responses
The study that generated the results used a sampling of 125 healthy individuals ranging in the ages of 40 to 60 years old. Over the six-month trial period, every participant was given a three dose hepatitis B vaccination. As a way to perform an evaluation, the researchers that conducted the event measured each individual’s antibody response level prior to the second and third vaccinations. A measurement was then performed one half year after the last injection.
Over that time span, every subject maintained a diary containing sleep information. They also wore an electronic sleeping monitor during their sleeping cycles the entire time. The results indicated that the subjects that were only able to sleep less than six hours every night were significantly more likely to be unprotected (up to 11.5 times more) against the hepatitis B vaccination. This was compared to the individuals that were able to sleep on an average of seven hours or more.
The Importance of Quality Sleep
In all, the researchers that conducted the study found that the results were more likely due to the quality of sleep and not the length of sleep that served to generate a dramatic negative response to the vaccination. Overall, the study tends to indicate that the quality of sleep has a tremendous impact on the health of the human body immune system. Additionally, follow-up researchers in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands found that their study group of healthy young men that were severely sleep-deprived indicated a compromised lower blood cell count than the group that was not sleep-deprived.
The Disadvantage of Insufficient Sleep
It has also been shown that insufficient sleep tends to be directly correlated to diabetes, obesity, and reduced productivity in the workplace. As a result, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine highly recommends that adults of every age get a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep each night.
One way to accomplish a more restful night is to sleep on a supportive, comfortable mattress. Doing so will reduce the potential of tossing and turning during the night, which often leads to sleep restlessness and the inability to quickly fall back into slumber.