Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Not Getting Enough Sleep? You Might Get A Cold

I have been deficient when it comes to getting enough shut-eye lately. I know. Sleep keeps you more focused during the day and does wonders for your heart and skin. I can tell that my sleep deprivation is why I'm fighting off a lingering cold.

Individuals who get less than seven hours of sleep per night appear about three times as likely to develop respiratory illness following exposure to a cold virus as those who sleep eight hours or more, according to a report in the January 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. The study suggests that people should aim for about eight hours of shut-eye per night.

I notice that when I get less than six hours of sleep a few nights in a row, my body definitely feels heavier and my headache lingers no matter how much coffee I drink throughout the day.

How about you? How do you feel when you're short on sleep? What's the least amount of sleep you can function on?

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