Can Lack of Sleep Cause Fever Questions and Answers
We all know about the importance of sleep, but many people don’t know just how much a lack of sleep affects the body. Could it even cause fever or make us more susceptible to it? Read on for Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders’ Q&A on the subject! Please call us for more information or book an appointment online. We have 10 clinic locations. We Serve Patients From All Over the USA. Locations in Bloomington IL, Peoria – Dunlap IL, Lafayette IN, Mishawaka IN, Columbia MO, Kansas City MO, Albuquerque NM, Brewster NY, El Paso TX, Wausau WI.
Can lack of sleep affect body temperature?
Sleep deprivation may disrupt the body’s coordination of fluctuations in regulating body temperature. This was suggested in a study several years ago. It’s very possible that not getting enough sleep may make you feel cold all over and have other related effects, so it’s definitely important to get plenty of sleep, especially if you’re concerned about your body’s ability to regulate itself and fight off illness.
Can lack of sleep cause fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms?
A lack of sleep or sleep deprivation doesn’t cause fever, but it can make you more susceptible to the flu and other illnesses. This is because a lack of sleep or sleep deprivation can compromise your immune system.
Research has indicated that a lack of sleep causes stress hormones to inhibit T cells in the body. These cells are immune cells that help your body fight against other cells infected by a virus, such as flu, HIV, herpes, or cancer cells. Also, during sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, and some of these cytokines need to increase when you get sick. A lack of sleep can affect the production of these cytokines, therefore affecting the immune system.
Sleep loss influences how your body fights illness. In fact, your body fights infection with fevers. When you sleep, your body gets a better fever response, so fevers tend to rise at night, but when you’re not sleeping, your fever reaction is not primed.
The bottom line is that if you’re lacking in sleep, your body won’t be as effective at preventing or fighting off illnesses like the flu, so you might get ill more easily and stay ill longer.
What do I do if I have a lack of sleep or a fever?
If you have a child three months or younger who’s suffering from a fever, then you should call 911 about it, as it may be life-threatening. There may be other instances when it’s necessary to call 911 about a fever. Most fevers in children over three months, as well as adults, can be handled at an urgent care clinic, though.
If you or a loved one of any age isn’t sleeping well at all, you can contact us about it here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders! We’re able to provide certain tests like sleep studies, and many treatments like ones for insomnia, sleep apnea, and other sleep or sleep-related conditions. For example, there are many cases of sleep apnea that can be treated with oral appliance therapy, a method that uses a simple oral appliance to prevent the causes of sleep apnea in the first place. Many other disorders that affect sleep, like TMJ disorder, can also be treated with oral appliance therapy.
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Do you treat lack of sleep near me?
We very likely do! Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders treats sleep problems and has locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. Please see our Locations page for the clinic location in your area, then contact us at that location to learn more or book a consultation. You’re also welcome to call our head office at (855) 977-0400.
We’d be happy to hear from you for any reason, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you could use some help with your sleep. We look forward to hearing from you!