Fight a Cold with More Sleep


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Joleensboys sleep like babies.

This makes sense. My family and I were playing pass the head cold last month. We were not getting enough sleep, and we all had bad coughs, aches and runny noses.


A new study suggests that people who lose just a little bit of sleep or have poor quality sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to cold viruses.

Bottom line: Get more sleep, to fight a cold better.


According to a story on CNN, people who slept less than seven hours were three times more likely to get a cold than people who slept eight hours or more a night.

Researchers at Carnegie Melon found that 88 percent of the people in the study got infected with the cold virus, but not all of them got sick. About 43 percent of volunteers became sick, and they were the ones who didn't sleep enough or didn't sleep well.

And every minute counts: If an eight-hour sleeper lost as little as 10 minutes of sleep a night, they could be three and a half times more likely to get colds; if they lost as much as 40 minutes of sleep on an average night, they were over five times as likely to get a cold.

They believe the immune system doesn't function at optimal levels without enough shut eye. I totally buy it. I always get sick when I lose too much sleep.

Already have a cold? Check out my post on 2 Holistic Tips for Cold Relief.

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