I can't remember if I posted this already, if I did, sorry! ... Alley
Get Some Sleep
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you'll feel better
after a good amount of shut eye than you would if you'd stayed awake all
night. But scientists are working to prove that theory anyway.
Experts based in Germany monitored volunteers who received vaccines for
hepatitis A infection. They discovered those who slept well afterward
demonstrated a better immune reaction to the treatment.
That means someone who had a good sleep might have an immune system that
reacts more forcefully against a virus than those who seriously need to
rest their eyes.
But why might sleep be important to our health? Why does rest help our
bodies? Those who worked on the study believe changes in hormones that
occur when you're asleep might help immune function. They explain that
sleep increases the release of both prolactin and growth hormone. And lab
tests have hinted that those hormones might boost immune reaction.
October 28, 2003
CP24 Online news site
Source URL: http://www.pulse24.com/News/Top_Story/20031028-015/page.asp
Good Night's Sleep May Benefit Immune System
Tue October 28, 2003 02:40 PM ET