Got A Cold? Get Some Sleep, Researchers Say

Tired and a cold – Sleep it researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say

WASHINGTON (RushPRnews) 02/19/09-From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Researchers say getting enough sleep may help protect people from getting a cold. They base this on a study in which they measured duration and quality of sleep over two weeks in 153 volunteers and then exposed each to a virus that causes the cold.

Sheldon Cohen of Carnegie Mellon University:

“People who usually slept less than 7 hours were about 3 times more likely to get a cold than people who slept 8 hours or more a night.” (10 seconds)

The researchers say people who could get to sleep quickly and who did not wake up during the night were less likely to get a cold.

And they say it’s another sign that adequate sleep supports the body’s immune system.

The study in Archives of Internal Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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