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Sleeping to fuel the immune system: mammalian sleep and resistance to parasites

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, January 2009
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (92nd percentile)

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Sleeping to fuel the immune system: mammalian sleep and resistance to parasites
Published in
BMC Evolutionary Biology, January 2009
DOI 10.1186/1471-2148-9-8
Pubmed ID

Mark R Opp


Sleep is an enigma. Why animals forgo eating and reproducing, while potentially increasing their risk of predation remains unknown. Although some may question whether all animals sleep, it is clear that all living organisms possess defenses against attack by pathogens. Immune responses of humans and animals are impaired by sleep loss, and responses to immune challenge include altered sleep. Thus, sleep is hypothesized to be a component of the acute phase response to infection and to function in host defense. Examining phylogenetic relationships among sleep parameters, components of the mammalian immune system and resistance to infection may provide insight into the evolution of sleep and lead to a greater appreciation for the role of sleep in host defense.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 106 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Portugal 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 99 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 19 18%
Researcher 18 17%
Student > Master 12 11%
Student > Bachelor 10 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 8 8%
Other 20 19%
Unknown 19 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 36 34%
Medicine and Dentistry 14 13%
Environmental Science 5 5%
Neuroscience 5 5%
Psychology 5 5%
Other 9 8%
Unknown 32 30%

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