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Tip of the week: Get more sleep to resist colds

Infection Control Weekly Monitor, January 14, 2009

Be sure you are getting enough sleep to protect your health. People who get less than seven hours of sleep each night are about three times as likely to develop a respiratory illness after exposure to a cold virus as those who sleep eight hours or more, according to researchers.

The study, published in the January 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, concludes that people who have a shorter sleep duration, or those who have poor quality of sleep, have a lower resistance to illness in the weeks preceding exposure to a rhinovirus. For more on the study, click here.

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