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COVID-19 vaccine research has offered another way to probe the links between sleep and the immune system.

In one of the first such studies from 2002, one group of people slept about eight hours for four nights before getting a flu shot, then slept the same amount for the two nights after the shot.

Ten days later, researchers reported the participants’ influenza antibody levels were more than twice as high as those in people in another group who had slept only four hours per night over the same period.

One study linked better sleep before getting the hepatitis B vaccination with a lower likelihood of getting the disease over the next six months.

Given the intense interest in developing a COVID-19 vaccine that will squelch the pandemic, a simple behaviour that could make immunizations more effective would be welcome news.

At Walter Reed, researchers are developing a COVID-19 vaccine, they plan to have one group of participants sleep up to 10 hours a night for several nights before getting the vaccine.

If snoozing leads to a better vaccine response compared to people who are chronically sleep-deprived, future work could look at whether getting more sleep with assistance from medication might provide the same benefits.

This could have such important relevance to vaccination policy.

Understanding the sleep connection could also help guide the vaccine distribution for frontline health-care workers, especially for ones working 80 hours a week during the pandemic.

Experts advise prioritizing sleep for people who have the option, given its influence on infection risk. Also recommends people sleep at least seven hours a night to improve their chances of staying healthy during the pandemic.

Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/10/sleep-more-reduce-coronavirus-risk/
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