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Health Minute: Sleep and Immune System

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WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, what are you doing to boost your immune system?

The National Sleep Foundation explains that when we don’t get enough sleep, our immune system is weakened and we become more susceptible to infections. Chronic sleep loss does further damage by increasing our risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

To stay healthy, adults must strive to get a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. On days when you don’t get enough sleep, research shows you can make up some of the difference by taking two 30-minute naps: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

For more information on how to improve your health through better sleep, visit

Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.
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