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Chronic sleep deprivation suppresses immune system

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Marco, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. Marco

    Marco Grrrrrrr!

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    Hardly surprising but good to see some details of what the effects are. Also good to see a more naturalistic study design plus using twins helps control for genetic variation.

    Story here : https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170127113010.htm

    and the relevant abstract : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27634804

    The full paper doesn't appear to be available yet.
     
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    alex3619 Senior Member

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    I think this is how extreme sleep deprivation kills. It was known in the 90s or earlier that rats that are not allowed to sleep die from bacterial overgrowth after immune failure.
     
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  3. Snowdrop

    Snowdrop Rebel without a biscuit

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    And yet I'm willing to bet we won't see any exaggerated or skewed media headlines saying 'sleep your way to better health'. Not the right political tone.
     
  4. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    I wonder if lack of restful sleep does the same thing.
     
  5. alex3619

    alex3619 Senior Member

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    The immune system cycles through changes while asleep. I do not recall the details, but it was discussed in my lectures circa 2001 or so. If you are not sleeping right, the immune system is going to be disturbed. Similarly the brain is flushed with antioxidants, hormones go through cycles, etc. Sleep is much more than not being awake. We know from studies in shift workers that sleep changes can have major long term consequences.
     
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