A new study found that getting enough sleep at night may help reduce the risk of infection with the Coronavirus, as well as more severe disease.
The study included, according to the report of the British BMJ Nutrition Prevention and Health newspaper, more than 2,800 frontline health care workers in 6 countries, and found that for every additional hour of sleep that workers get at night, their risk of contracting the Coronavirus decreases by 12%. .
Sleep and Coronavirus
The study showed that those who suffer from exhaustion were more likely to contract the virus, had a longer period of illness, and were more likely to develop a serious disease.
Stephen Holfinger, a sleep medicine expert at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, who was not involved in the new study, said: ” Lack of sleep Severe sleep problems and fatigue may be risk factors for Coronavirus in health care workers.
Holfinger added that he believes that “more research to better define this risk will be useful, noting that the epidemic has evolved a lot since last spring, especially with the emergence of new variables, so that the data must be interpreted with caution.”
However, the new research is not the first to indicate a link between sleep and the risk of infection with the Corona virus, as a small study from China found that people who did not sleep much in the week before they were infected with Corona seemed to have more serious results, and the researchers are also exploring the possibility that Melatonin, a hormone that plays an important role in the sleep-wake cycle, may help deter corona virus.