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Health Minute: Sleep & Immune System

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You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s 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, please visit

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I’m Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.

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