How does sleep affect the immune system?
What are the consequences of a lack of sleep?
You are more likely to suffer from a cold or the flu.
Your vaccinations may not be as effective.
You are more exposed to fungal and parasitic infections.
What about sleep disorders?
The benefits of sleep for immunity
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Can a person’s exposure to stress be measured?
Levels of cortisol and catecholamines (stress hormones) can be measured in a lab. However, it’s difficult to use these assays to evaluate stress.