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Study: Sleep is big key to fighting colds

January 13, 2009

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— Fluff up the pillows and pull up the covers. Preventing the common cold may be as easy as getting more sleep.

Researchers paid healthy adults $800 to have cold viruses sprayed up their noses, then wait five days in a hotel to see if they got sick. Habitual eight-hour sleepers were much less likely to get sick than those who slept less than seven hours or slept fitfully.

“The longer you sleep, the better off you are, the less susceptible you are to colds,” said lead author Sheldon Cohen, of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior research has suggested that sleep boosts the immune system at the cell level. This is the first study to show small sleep disturbances increasing the risk of getting sick.

The study, appearing Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, exposed participants to a common cold virus — rhinovirus — and most became infected. But not everyone suffered cold symptoms.

The people who slept less than seven hours a night in the weeks before they were exposed to the virus were three times more likely to catch a cold than those who slept eight hours or more.

Sleeping fitfully also was tied to greater risk of catching cold. Those who tossed and turned more than 8 percent of the time in bed were five times more likely to get sick than those who were sleepless only 2 percent of the time.

Prior research has tied lack of sleep to greater risk of weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.

Comments

yellowhouse 5 years, 11 months ago

Peroxide is also a great remedy. At the first sign of a cold, put 3 drops of peroxide in your netty pot and wash out the bacteria in your nose.Then mix half peroxide with your mouthwash and gargle with it. It will kill the bacteria in your throat and keep you from getting strep throught.Also if you are already showing signs of sickness... get a antibacterial nasal spray and drink it. It will kill the bacteria the bacteria that has already made it into your intestines.These remedies will only work within the first 24 hours of the symptems. Once the cold germs are in your bloodstream its too late.

Chris Ogle 5 years, 11 months ago

A good eight hours sleep helps everything. Even waking up is easier. .Come to think about it, I going back to bed and get some insurance. An extra 4hours should do it.

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