ATLANTA – Doctors say vaccines will do you no good if you don’t get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.
Medical experts have pushed flu shots this fall to curb the spread of influenza and hopefully soon, there will be one for the coronavirus.
Minds are racing this year. Stress from the coronavirus and financial impacts from it, working and learning from home, plus an overall uneasiness about when the world will return to normal can keep even the calmest person up at night.
“There is increased anxiety which leads to increased trouble sleeping,” sleep specialist Dr. Folu Akinnusi says.
He says that lack of sleep could fuel health issues.
Like many other health experts, Dr. Folu Akinnusi encourages everyone to get a flu shot this year, to curb the spread of influenza, while researchers work on medicine for COVID-19.
Little sleep, however, will prevent the medicine from working properly.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends 8 hours of sleep for adults and 9 or more for children who will also reap fewer benefits of a vaccine with little sleep.