Can Insomnia Compromise The Immune System?

I am often asked, "Can insomnia compromise the immune system?"

It certainly can and in many ways.

Lack of adequate sleep interferes with proper functioning of your immune system, making you more likely to pick up the flu and colds. You are even more susceptible to the H1N1 virus. Don't forget that some cancers are caused by viruses so a poor immune system opens the door for that scourge of the modern age.

Your immune system works to keep you protected from colds, flu and other illnesses. If it is compromised, it can’t do the job it was intended to do.

Our immune systems are complex. Several different types of cells and proteins are involved in fighting the bad guys.

  1. T-cells, which are part of the immune system, gain maturity in the thymus gland (the “T” stands for “thymus”).  T-cells go down in number when we are in a sleep deficit. And cytokines, involved with causing inflammation, go up. Not so good! This puts you more at risk for picking up a cold or the flu. Not getting enough sleep brings down your immune system’s ability to fight off the little buggers.
  2. Lack of adequate sleep then affects your body’s ability to fight the invaders. The fever response helps to battle the infection, and during sleep, there is a better fever response (which is why a fever tends to go up during the night). If you are not sleeping, your fever response is lessened, and this could prolong the time it takes you to get better.

How sleep deprivation affects vaccines:  If you are sleep-deprived and get flu vaccines, studies are revealing that your body is getting less protection from the vaccines than those people who get enough sleep. A suppressed immune system caused by lack of sleep makes fewer antibodies to certain vaccines and that is what the whole idea of vaccination is about, creating antibodies.

Thus there is a longer response time to the vaccine in the individual who is not getting adequate sleep, which means that there is a greater likelihood of that person’s getting sick after exposure to a flu virus than for someone who was well-rested when immunized.

 

Can Insomnia Compromise The Immune System?

Taking into account the various health and fitness risk factors that are presented here is certainly cause to think about the importance of getting adequate amounts of consistent, good quality sleep.

Bear in mind also that snoring and other breathing problems in sleep bring the blood oxygen levels down. Your body's natural response to lower blood oxygen is to funnel as much oxygen to the brain as possible. What this does is make your other body organs have to do their jobs with a depleted supply of oxygen.

This can only mean that diseases have a better chance of taking a toehold in your body. Also, we all know how much the brain controls things in us. When it is fighting to get enough oxygen to do its job, it tends to make mistakes and no take as good care of us as it was designed for.

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