With the dog days of summer drawing to a close, the advent of seasonal flu and allergies can make this a dangerous time for you and your loved ones. While vaccinations may keep these frustrating ailments at bay, new research suggests that poor sleeping habits can limit their effectiveness.
According to a new study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, sleeping fewer than six hours per night was found to significantly reduce the effect of vaccinations, reports Science Daily. This sheds new light on the role of sleep as a behavioral risk factor that can influence the potency of vaccinations.
“With the emergence of our 24-hour lifestyle, longer working hours, and the rise in the use of technology, chronic sleep deprivation has become a way of life for many Americans,” said University of California San Francisco clinical health psychologist and lead author, Aric Prather, PhD.
Approximately 125 men and women in the Pennsylvania area between the ages of 40 and 60 were chosen to participate in the study. Each kept a sleep diary and received hepatitis B vaccinations over the course of two months, as well as a booster shot after six months. Researchers found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night had a weaker response from antibodies.
Previous research has established the importance of sleep, not just as a restorative function but also for disease prevention. According to the National Institutes of Health, deficiency can increase the risk of developing obesity and may impair insulin production, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
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