Learn How a Good Night’s Sleep Can Help Prevent the Common Cold

We’ve officially said goodbye to summer and are in the thick of the autumn season. With the changing of the leaves, comes unfortunately, the fall bugs, mainly, the common cold. While we all suffer from this nuisance of a sickness, there’s not much that ever seems to work to prevent the common cold – until now that is. Scientists have found that getting a good night of sleep can actually help to prevent the common cold. While of course there are many factors to help prevent it, it’s a revolutionary idea and one that could have you sleeping better at night and waking up without the sniffles in the morning. Let’s learn how getting a good night sleep on your botanical mattress could prevent you from getting sick.

Sleep Longer, Feel Better

According to the Pittsburgh researches in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who averaged less than seven hours of sleep a night were about three times more likely to develop cold symptoms than study volunteers who got eight or more hours of sleep.

A study was conducted to prove this theory and participants who had a hard time falling asleep or woke up in the middle of the night fared even worse: Their chances of coming down with a cold were up to five and a half times higher than people who were sound asleep – and stayed that way – almost as soon as their heads hit the pillow.

“This is a huge effect,” Dr. Charles Czeisler, chief of sleep medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said in an interview. He was not involved in the study.

Sleep Improves Brain Function and the Immune System

“These results really fit in very well with what has been becoming increasingly clear, which is that sleep has major effects not only on the brain in terms of alertness and performance, but also on the health of the body.”

Sheldon Cohen, a psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, led the clinical trial in which 153 healthy men and women told researchers every day for two weeks how long and well they slept and how rested they felt.

The volunteers were then quarantined in a hotel, where cold-causing rhinoviruses were dropped into their noses. For five days they were monitored for sneezing, coughing, stuffy noses, and other cold symptoms.

Study Found: Sleep Trumps All Other Factors

Among the 153 study subjects, 135 were infected, but only 54 developed a cold. After taking into account a wide variety of factors – including age, weight, socioeconomic status, perceived stress, smoking, and alcohol consumption – how long and how well individuals slept were the strongest predictors of who would come down with a cold.

The most important thing to remember about sleeping to prevent a cold is that you actually have to be sleeping. Laying in bed awake is not enough. If you have trouble sleeping at night try natural remedies and check out some great natural ways to cure insomnia. Sleep is important not only for preventing colds, but for living your life to the fullest everyday.

Link to Us!

If you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog:

Learn More about Getting a Better Night's Sleep and Good Sleep Hygiene at <a href="https://www.plushbeds.com/blog/sleep-science/learn-how-a-good-nights-sleep-can-help-prevent-the-common-cold/">Plushbeds Green Sleep Blog</a>.
(Visited 78 times, 1 visits today)

Amber Merton

Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

Recent Posts

10 Ways to Allergy Proof Your Bedroom

If you're sniffling, sneezing, or dealing with nasal stuffiness or other allergy signs, you may want to consider taking some… Read More

2 days ago

How to Start Your Own Organic Garden

Various scientific studies have started finding that beginning your own organic gardening is beneficial for all areas of life —… Read More

4 days ago

Can a Full Moon Affect Your Sleep?

Sleep might be one of the easiest changes you can make to your everyday routine that can affect everything from… Read More

1 week ago

How To Assemble Your Latex Mattress

Congratulations on your decision to invest in your healthiest night’s sleep. You're going to love your new latex mattress. Latex… Read More

3 weeks ago

5 Reasons To Buy Organic Bedding

Organic Bedding offers many benefits to consumers. In this article we give you 5 reasons to buy organic bedding. Read… Read More

4 weeks ago

20 Things To Do Before Spring Ends

Summer officially begins on June 21, 2019. This leaves us with two more weeks to enjoy the Spring season. (more…)… Read More

2 months ago