Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

Scrimping on sleep hampers vaccine effectiveness--study

By Vidisha Rana Subscribe to RSS | August 5th 2012 | Views:
loading
 
  



US researchers have found a direct link between sleep and the effectiveness of vaccines.

The general consensus is that adults require between six and eight hours of sleep per night for optimal functioning of body and spirit.

According to experts, healthy adults who get less than six hours of shut eye are less likely to respond to vaccination against hepatitis B than their well rested counterparts.

Lead researcher, Aric Prather, PhD, a clinical health psychologist and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley stated, “I expected to see a relationship between sleep and antibody production. But I was surprised at just how dramatic it was, that some people were left unprotected.”

He added, "With the emergence of our 24-hour lifestyle, longer working hours and the rise in the use of technology, chronic sleep deprivation has become a way of life for many Americans. These findings should help raise awareness in the public health community about the clear connection between sleep and health."

Link between sleep and effectiveness of vaccines examined

In a bid to determine whether poor sleep hampers the effectiveness of vaccines, the researchers conducted a study. The focus was to examine the immune response to the hepatitis B vaccine in health adults.

The researchers recruited a group of 125 men and women between the ages of 40 and 60 and tracked them over a period of six-months.

People with any underlying medical condition or on medication that could interfere with sleep or react to a vaccine were excluded from the study.

The subjects were given a three-dose hepatitis B vaccine, which consists of an initial dose, a booster one month later and a final shot at six months.

For the purpose of the study, the participants wore a wrist device known as an actigraph to monitor sleep at night. In addition, they kept sleep diaries with details of duration, efficiency and quality of sleep.

"We measured antibody response just before the second vaccine and just before the third, and then six months after the series was over," said Prather.

Outcome of the study

It was noted that volunteers who slept fewer hours on an average were far less likely to mount antibody responses to the vaccine.

People who slept less than six hours were 12 times more likely to be unprotected by the vaccine than those who got more than seven hours of shut eye.

However, only sleep duration and not the quality of sleep affected the amount of antibodies produced in response to the vaccine.

"Based on our findings and laboratory evidence, physicians and other health professionals who are administering vaccines may want to consider asking their patients about their sleep patterns first, since a lack of sleep may affect the efficacy of the vaccine," Prather said.

The study appeared this week in the journal Sleep.

Vidisha Rana - About Author:

Get more effective health news . Here you get effective and reliable medical updates.

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:
http://www.articleside.com/fitness-articles/scrimping-on-sleep-hampers-vaccine-effectiveness-study.htm

Related Fitness Articles Subscribe to RSS

How to Find out Which Vitamins Work for You
Published by Cory on May 19th 2012 | Fitness
Local grocery stores around the world have many rows of vitamins, with each claiming to have essenti...
 
A Vegetarian Diet is a Healthy Way to Lose Weight
Published by Lisa Beverley on November 30th 2011 | Fitness
If you've been to any large banquets recently, you may have noticed people passing red meat and chic...
 
Los Angeles Root Canal Therapy
Published by Leander Percy on November 28th 2011 | Fitness
Root canal therapy is also referred to as Endodontics. The therapy is meant to save teeth that would...
 
How to gain Flexibility with power yoga
Published by Carmela Turner on March 26th 2012 | Fitness
Power Yoga makes your body fit and flexible. This form is more tough as compared to other form of yo...
 
Be Well Informed about Binaural Beats
Published by Rockeysheen01 on January 24th 2012 | Fitness
This article will enable you to be well informed about the new technology of Binaural Beats. It is i...
 
Low Testosterone Treatment is a must and brings a number of benefits
Published by Conner Dunn on January 5th 2012 | Fitness
Even the females with low Testosterone face a couple of reproductive fertility issues and even at ti...
 
Lose Stomach Fat
Published by Prashant on July 10th 2012 | Fitness
How to get rid of stomach fat? This is a very common question among teens and adults suffering from...
 
Get Slim Fast with a Fat Burner
Published by Petar Pe on December 12th 2011 | Fitness
Today, a wide variety of weight loss products are readily obtainable in the marketplace. But accordi...
 
Some Achievable Meditation Techniques
Published by Rockeysheen01 on April 3rd 2012 | Fitness
Meditation is an art of healing the mind and body without medicines. It has many unique techniques....
 
How to Create a Weight Loss Plan of Action
Published by Lisa Beverley on December 1st 2011 | Fitness
I have the intention to lose 10 pounds of body fat in two months to begin a routine of cardio and st...
 
How to Choose the Best Gym in BC
Published by Matthew on March 17th 2012 | Fitness
It is essential to make a thorough research while choosing a gym. There are certain factors which ne...
 
How Do Anti-Aging Creams Reduce Wrinkles?
Published by Pariswilliams on June 20th 2012 | Fitness
Just like acne and pimples, saggy skin and wrinkles are also caused due to internal body changes. Tr...
 
Shopping for Prescription Glasses Some Points to Remember
Published by on June 5th 2012 | Fitness
With people getting too much fashion conscious, a lot of designer glasses have hit the market. These...
 
Hip joint replacement in India
Published by Nathan Jone on December 16th 2011 | Fitness
As the very old adage goes, no pain no gain, in life most of the things that we do and most of the t...
 
Choosing Your Medical Tour Operator – Your Crucial Considerations
Published by Alexis Norman on May 22nd 2012 | Fitness
A recent study revealed that while USA leads the league of industrial nations with higher health car...
 
IPL Beauty Solutions Available in Perth
Published by Ben Bradshaw on March 16th 2012 | Fitness
Looking the best with a blemish free and perfectly radiant skin is the natural desire of many women....
 
Keep Your Body in Shape with Fitness Equipment
Published by Eva Edwords on January 25th 2012 | Fitness
Staying in shape is not an easy task. Due to unhealthy eating habits many youngsters face the proble...
 
Walking the Right Way with Keyhole Bunion Surgery
Published by Crishmart on February 2nd 2012 | Fitness
Bunions are extremely painful and can hinder your freedom to walk freely. Surgery is required to hel...
 
Exercising More and Eating Less - Why is It So Difficult
Published by Lisa Beverley on November 30th 2011 | Fitness
Why can not achieve our health goals? We are smart enough and usually knows what to do ... but do no...
 
Massage therapy
Published by Jackferan on December 21st 2011 | Fitness
Thai massage is also same as shiatsu and provide energies in the body utilizing gentle pressure or p...
 
Breast Lift Surgery - an Ideal Option to Correct Breast Asymmetries
Published by Ryan Andrews on August 24th 2012 | Fitness
Breast lift surgery is definitely an ideal option for correcting breast asymmetries. It boosts a wom...
 
Breast Lift Surgery - an Ideal Option to Correct Breast Asymmetries
Published by Ryan Andrews on August 24th 2012 | Fitness
Breast lift surgery is definitely an ideal option for correcting breast asymmetries. It boosts a wom...
 
Are You Really Hungry? Know the Signs and Find the Best Weight Loss Supplement
Published by Makemoney on August 24th 2012 | Fitness
Why can't I lose weight? If you're asking yourself this question, there could be many answers. Howev...
 
Are You Really Hungry? Know the Signs and Find the Best Weight Loss Supplement
Published by Makemoney on August 24th 2012 | Fitness
Why can't I lose weight? If you're asking yourself this question, there could be many answers. Howev...
 
Reducing Weight in a Matter of Months, Ten Percent at a Time
Published by Chieko Brink on August 23rd 2012 | Fitness
Diet and nutrition specialists have shed some awareness on the actual requirement about slimming dow...
 
Magnetic Therapy and its Importance in Sports
Published by Devin Hester on August 23rd 2012 | Fitness
Any sportsperson does not become a big star until he/she receives injuries. So it is must to face in...