Cold Relief: 6 Sleep Tips to Help You Breathe Easier
Here's how to ease your symptoms, improve your sleep, and help you get well sooner.
Good sleep hygiene can be as effective as prescription drugs in helping some people sleep, experts say.
Getting enough shut-eye may be especially critical during cold and flu season, according to findings from a 2009 study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The researchers enlisted 153 volunteers who agreed to be quarantined and then exposed to rhinoviruses, the family of viruses that cause most colds. Those who slept less than seven hours were almost three times more likely to develop colds than those who got eight hours of sleep or more.