During the flu and cold season, how does one try to prevent from getting sick? Many people will try to stock up on Vitamin C or other vitamins. Others will take their routine flu shot, but you probably didn’t know that without a sufficient amount of sleep, the flu shot has ZERO benefit to your immune system. The flu shot is a waste of time and money if you aren’t getting enough sleep because the immune system does not receive a good enough signal to generate a healthy response. It actually requires about five days to develop a nice healthy response to the flu shot, and around day ten is when you would expect to see a beautiful healthy antibody response. So if you’re planning to get the flu shot, remember to SLEEP.
Another study also gave participants a cold virus and found out that those who had less than 5 hours of sleep had the highest chance of showing flu-like symptoms. So, grab some Zzz’s to prevent the cold!
(Study done by Prather et al. 2015)