Boffins have recently made a connection between sleep and the proper functioning of our immune system. And whilst more sleep won’t necessarily prevent you getting sick, lack of it could adversely affect immune defences.
The boffins found that a good night’s sleep can impact the effectiveness of immune cells called T cells. And in turn your body makes fewer of the associated proteins specialised in creating an immune response.
So a lack of sleep can potentially lead to a greater risk of developing a cold, flu or something even worse! But did you also know that our bodies fight infection with fevers – and one of things that happens is that when we sleep we can get a better fever response.
Of course, protecting ourselves is only one part staying healthy – help to stay safe by washing your hands with soap whenever possible and avoid touching our faces.