Insufficient Sleep Increases the Likeliness of Catching a Cold

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There is some evidence to support the idea that a lack of, or insufficient sleep increases the likeliness of catching a cold. In a study conducted by researchers from the U.S., the sleep of 164 participants was assessed over a week. Those in the study were then given some nasal drops containing rhinovirus and monitored for five days to see if they developed signs of a cold.

As assessed by actigraphs – watch-like devices – those who slept for short periods – up to six hours a night – were more likely to develop a cold than those who slept for longer periods – over seven hours a night. This finding chimes well with other research showing that if we miss out on sleep for even a single night, our immune system is compromised.

* With mention of Tebogo Dlamini and Very Interesting magazine

About Joan Swart, PsyD, Forensic Psychologist and lecturer

Joan Swart is a forensic psychologist, lecturer, and business developer at Open Forest LLC. She authored two books titled “Treating Adolescents with Family-Based Mindfulness” (Springer, 2015) and “Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook” (CRC, 2016). She is a contributor to Hubpages and HuffPost.

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