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Improve Your Health With More Sleep

Want Fewer Colds? Get More Sleep!


Updated April 19, 2009

Improve Your Health With More Sleep

Sleep Longer for Better Health

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Research has shown that lack of sleep can leave the body more susceptible to catching a cold. People who get less than 7 hours of sleep at night are three times more likely to catch a cold than those who sleep 7 to 8 hours or more. And if you sleep poorly during those 7 (or fewer) hours, you are five times more likely to catch a cold.

This highlights the importance of sleep in an overall healthy lifestyle. Researchers found that not only did people who got enough quality sleep catch fewer colds, they also had the lowest rates of heart disease and death.

Why Does Sleep Matter?

Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can impair your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infections. Sleeping allows your body to recharge and your mind to rest so you can function properly the next day. If you get less sleep than you need or your sleep isn’t restful, your body is unable to recuperate fully.

Top 10 Health Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

Tips to Improve Your Sleep Habits

Now that you know how important sleep is, how do you get more of it?

Relax Before Bed
These valuable tips from About.com’s Guide to Stress Management will help you prepare your body to get a good night’s sleep.

Yoga for Better Sleep
If you have ever tried or considered trying yoga, these simple yoga poses from About.com’s Guide to Yoga will help your body relax and fall asleep easily.

Video: Natural Remedies for Better Sleep
About.com's Alternative Medicine Guide shares some natural remedies for sleep in this video.

Four Week E-Course on How to Fall Asleep Faster
Take this 4 week e-course from About.com’s Guide to Longevity, and learn how to fall asleep faster and improve the sleep you are getting.

The Bottom Line

Improving your sleep habits is an important part of improving your overall health. While it may not prevent all colds or other illnesses, it certainly improves your odds and you'll feel better, too.

Get More Tips for Preventing Colds and the Flu


”Lack of Sleep Linked to Common Cold.”HealthDay 12 Jan 09. US National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. 25 Feb 09.

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