Temperature-related Sleep Disruptions Alter Immune Response

Temperature-related Sleep Disruptions Alter Immune Response
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As per recent research coming out of the University of California Health Sciences (UCLA) in the United States, increasing worldwide temperatures can cause people to have trouble sleeping and can also lead to a lowered immunological response in the body.

There haven’t been many research studies done on how the temperature of the environment, or the air around you, influences sleep, but the ones that have been done seem to imply that warmer temperatures are a contributing factor in sleep problems.

Michael Irwin, a professor of psychiatry and biological sciences at UCLA, conducted a review of the data that was published in the journal Temperature. In the study, he stated that insufficient sleep has been associated with an increased risk of viral diseases and might even make certain vaccines less efficient.

Irwin stated that it is an appropriate time to investigate if climate change increases the danger of infectious disease in the midst of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. He made this statement in reference to research that showed a possible link between sleep deprivation and a weakened immune response.

There is a close connection between sleep and thermoregulation, which refers to the process by which humans keep their internal temperature stable. Sleep is an important part of this process.

Studies conducted in a laboratory setting have demonstrated that the quality of sleep can be improved by lowering the ambient air temperature to the point where humans are able to keep a normal body temp without exerting any additional energy, while increasing the air temperature can cause a rise in wakefulness. Is.

The results of a survey that included 765,000 people in the United States found that rising nighttime temperatures increased the number of nights when people did not get enough sleep, with the greatest impact occurring during the summer months and having the greatest effect on those with lower incomes and who were older.

It is also considered that sleep assists in preparing the body’s response to potential injuries or infections that may arise the following day. Insomnia causes an increase in inflammation, which in turn lowers the body’s resistance to infection and makes it more susceptible to illness.

This indicates that older adults or patients having inflammatory illnesses, such as heart disease and some types of depression, who have a higher prevalence of insomnia, may be at an elevated risk. People diagnosed with inflammation disorders may also be at a higher risk.


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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