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Why is sleep so important to the immune system?

Sleep deprivation dampens the production of the antibodies needed to fight infection; whereas allowing yourself to get adequate sleep will buoy your mood and give you more energy to exercise- both of which can help heighten your immune activity. A study in Psychosomatic Medicine found that even minor sleep disturbances cause a significant drop in the number of natural killer cells whose job is to destroy invaders.

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