You must be aware that there were a lot of talks were around the vaccines and how quickly can they be developed in order to fight the Coronavirus as well as the other viruses that we have around the world. Once we got the vaccines developed, there was a rush to get them as soon as possible which would mean that it would give us the protection against this virus. However, it is worth noting that the vaccine is not giving you the protection but your own body is developing antibodies to fight the virus and that is how you get the protection which is needed.
You must have also heard how people talked about the importance of sleep and healthy diet to fight this virus naturally. Well, don’t relax just because you took the vaccine because a new study done on men suggests that if you sleep less than 6 hours a day, you are not giving enough time to your body to develop antibodies against COVID-19 or any other virus for that matter. Basically, it was found in the study that if a men is sleeping less than 6 hours at night then the effectiveness of the vaccine goes down drastically.
Co-author of the study, Aric A. Prather, said: “It is well known that sleep plays an important role in regulating the immune system,”. He added, “How that happens is not well understood, but data suggests that aspects of sleep — like slow wave sleep, or the hormones released during sleep, like growth hormones — may directly communicate with the immune system to support protection.”
Dr. Marc Siegel from NYU Langone Medical Center said, “The key takeaway is that there is compelling evidence that insufficient sleep dampens our immune system’s capacity to mount protective antibodies following vaccinations.” and added that “Studies have shown that people who don’t get sufficient or full-quality (deep REM) sleep are more susceptible to viral infections if exposed. Lack of sleep also impacts recovery time from illness.”
Dr. Prather added that “There are some data to suggest that vaccines work differently in men and women, with some data to support an advantage for women, including for the COVID-19 vaccine.,”