Scientist have done an amazing job of developing the COVID vaccine. Our job now is to help it be more effective by getting a good night’s sleep on the days before and after we receive it, to keep our immune system strong.
According to Dr. Khurshid, Director of the Center for Neuromodulation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, “The role of sleep in boosting innate and acquired immune response is significant. Studies have shown normal sleep after vaccination strengthens the immune response against an invading antigen, and this immunity-boosting effect of sleep is clinically significant.”
He added, “A good night’s sleep before and after vaccination could be very advantageous.”
The following are a few things you can do to get a good night’s sleep:
- Follow a bedtime and wake-up routine.
- Stop blue light exposure (TV and other electronic devices) at least 30 minutes, to an hour before bedtime.
- Don’t forget to turn off notifications on your devices.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine 4-6 hours before bed
I hope you and everyone you love will be able to get vaccinated soon.
Please stay well and well-rested.
Dr. Hilton and Staff