Feeling tired this week? It will remain to be seen but if you sleep less than five hours a night, you could be more likely to get colds like the flu or bugs like ear infections.
It is no secret that getting a good amount of sleep is critical for maintaining a healthy immune system, which is your best defense for fighting off the common cold and the flu.
People who sleep five hours or less have a higher risk of catching a cold than those who enjoyed at least eight hours. People who are sleep-deprived are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus; they also may face a longer recovery time after catching one.
Even if you believe you don’t need to worry because you got a flu vaccine that is not the case. Yes, flu vaccines do help but people who are sleep deprived get less protection from flu vaccines than those who are well rested.
If you do get sick, sleep is your best attack for it. We all want to get a good night rest regardless.
Try to make it happen:
- Avoid drinking alcohol at night.
- Make sure you know your pillow that helps your head and neck.
- Drink plenty of water during the day.
- Shower before bed.
- Moisturize the air with a humidifier or vaporizer.
- Drink chamomile tea before you hit the bed.
- Don’t watch television or refrain using your cell phone just before you go to sleep.
That is why it is recommended to get a good eight hours of sleep at night. People who got six hours of sleep a night didn’t report worse health than those who got seven to eight hours.
For those who can get enough sleep a night, (and for better health), your body will be better off as a whole.