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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Posted Jan 01 2009 12:00am

In this economy, stress is already at an all time high. People are just trying to deal with the usual daily ups and downs and now what?  People we know losing jobs, or not being able to find one, life savings disappearing, losing a home, etc.

When you catch a cold, what is your body trying to tell you?

A new study came out at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.  They used 153 healthy volunteers. Their sleep patterns were studied for two weeks prior to being locked into a hotel room for five days.  Then they infected each one with a cold virus.

What they found is that the people who spent time in bed tossing and turning, getting less than 7 hours of sleep, were three times more likely to develop sneezing, sore throat and other cold symptoms.

It is already known that sleep is important to our immune function.

Until now, there hasn’t been any evidence that minor sleep disburbances can influence the body’s reaction to cold viruses.

Do you know how much sleep do you require nightly to maintain your health?  I am sure you don’t need any added stress of catching a cold or worse, the flu!
Make sure you get the sleep you require to stay healthy.

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