WASHINGTON (RushPRnews) 02/19/09-From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Iâ€™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 itâ€™s another sign that adequate sleep supports the bodyâ€™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. Iâ€™m Ira Dreyfuss.