Is the link between immune function and a good night’s rest a myth?
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To boost your immune system, maybe you just need to get enough sleep— or is that a total myth? Fact or fiction: If you don’t get enough sleep it can impair your immune system. Believe it or not, we didn’t know for certain either way until this year.
Researchers dripped virus into people’s nostrils—the common cold virus. Now you’d think if someone squirted virus right into your nose you’d definitely get sick, but no, it depends on your immune system. Someone with a cold can sneeze dead in your face, but if you have a good enough immune system you won’t get sick.
So in the study, did it depend on how much sleep they’d been getting? Fact, or fiction?
Fact, in fact those getting enough sleep were 3 to 5 times more likely to beat the virus.
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Check out my associated blog post for more context: The Best Way to Prevent the Common Cold?