‘Tis That Time Of Year! Cold Season, That Is!
From TheStar.com, Prove It: No Zzzzs, You Sneeze
“Studies have demonstrated that poor sleep and susceptibility to colds go hand in hand, and scientists think it could be a reflection of the role sleep plays in maintaining the body’s defences.”
- Those who slept an average of less than seven hours a night were three times as likely to get sick as those who averaged at least eight hours.
- Studies have found that mammals that require the most sleep also produce greater levels of disease-fighting white blood cells – but not red blood cells, even though both stem from the same precursor.
- researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have shown that species that sleep more have greater resistance against pathogens.
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