This May Explain Why You Get Sick

 

If you want to skip the misery that comes with fighting a seasonal cold or flu, new research explains why sleep is some of the best preventive medicine. We already knew that not getting enough sleep can lead to an increased risk of getting sick, but Nathaniel Watson, a neurologist and sleep specialist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said this new research helps explain why. Sleeping poorly can block specific genetic processes in the cells that make up your immune system, which is responsible for fighting off infections and disease. Your immune system is not functioning the way it was meant to when you’re sleep deprived. The researchers followed 11 pairs of identical twins for the study. One twin reported sleeping at least seven hours per night, while the other slept approximately one hour less. The researchers took blood samples which revealed that the immune system of the twin who slept less was less active than the twin who slept more. Those who slept less were actually making fewer proteins, the molecules that our bodies run on which would put that twin at higher risk of getting sick, and this is why sleep deprivation is bad causing depression, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and irritability… Ed

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