Skimping on Sleep May Increase the Chances of a Cold

by Mona Saint MD

Researchers found an association with sleeping less than 7 hours a night and an almost 3 times risk of catching the common cold virus than those who slept 8 hours or more. Those who slept less and had poorer sleep quality had the highest risk. Sleep may play a role in the body’s response to fighting infections among numerous other benefits.

Cohen S, et al “Sleep habits and susceptibility to the common cold“.  Archives of Internal Medicine 2009.