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Sleep Helps Vaccines Work: Study

Sleeping Less Than 6 Hours Nightly Linked to Lower Immune Response, Researchers Find

Sleep & Vaccines: Perspective continued...

The question of how much sleep a person needs is not simple, he says. "Different people are likely to need different amounts of sleep. A good indicator may be whether or not you generally feel rested when you wake up.''

"It is probably OK if you don't get enough sleep on occasion," he says. "But it's important not to let that become a regular state of affairs."

The new study ties in with previous research, says Kate Edwards, PhD, a lecturer in exercise physiology at the University of Sydney. "This adds to previous work, which found that disrupting sleep after a vaccination had negative effects on the immune response," she says.

In her own research, Edwards has found a single bout of exercise can help the immune response to a vaccination.

Prather's research looked at sleep habits over time, not just around the vaccination, Edwards says. Even so, she says, "we would still recommend a good night of sleep after getting a vaccine, and combining that with exercise at the time of getting the jab might give even better chances of a good response."

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