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Prevent Colds by Catching Zs

I love the Winter because I love playing in the snow, but I hate the fact that it's also cold and flu season. Aside from washing your hands often, and avoiding contact with sick people, a new study shows that warding off a cold may be as simple as snoozing. In the study, healthy adults had cold viruses sprayed up their noses, and then they stayed in a hotel room for five days. Those who stuck to a regular schedule of at least eight hours of sleep a night were less likely to get sick than those who slept less than seven hours.

While we know that getting enough sleep can help boost our immune system, this research shows that small sleep disturbances can increase the risk of getting sick. The bottom line is that during the next few months, be sure to stick to a consistent sleep routine. A lack of sleep is also tied to weight gain, and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. So here's another great reason to sleep in!

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