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Sleep is more important than you think, report says

June 21, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The more we study the importance of sleep, the more we realize that there is a far greater impact on our lives than previously thought.

This is particularly the case when we do not get enough sleep.

A new report has found that adequate quality sleep is necessary for the immune cells in our body.

If we do not get enough sleep, it can limit the effectiveness of the T-cells, which are the cells in our body that recognize foreign bodies and pathogens that enter the body.

This leads to a cascade of issues that can affect everything from fighting infections to blood pressure.

If you are an adult, you should get seven hours of sleep each night. If you are 60, or over, it is recommended you get eight to nine hours, if you can.