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Get More Sleep If You Don't Want to Catch Colds

Get More Sleep If You Don't Want to Catch Colds
  • A new study shows a good amount of sleep can help prevent a cold. The findings were published in the journal Sleep and are the first to reveal how objectively measured sleep can serve as a predictor of cold susceptibility.

    Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, used 164 people to test out how sleep can impact a cold. Participants wore fitness trackers to monitor their sleep and were then given nasal drops with the common cold virus. After five days, almost one-third (29 percent) of the participants came down with cold symptoms.

    People who got six hours of sleep or less per night the week before being exposed to the cold virus were four times more likely to contract the virus compared to people who got seven hours of sleep or more per night the week before. One researcher noted these findings remained constant regardless of age, stress levels, smoking, education or income. The one common factor was not enough sleep. However, more research is needed to better understand how sleep helps the immune system to fight off colds as well as if certain interventions can help to increase sleep duration.

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