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From increased concentration to improved memory and general wellness, we’re all aware sleep does good things for our health.
Yet despite what every wise adult in your life has told you, there’s never been a proven link between lack of sleep and susceptibility to illness – until now, that is.
Yes, it seems your leisurely lie-in could save you from the common cold. A new study, published in the September issue of Sleep journal, has concluded the number of hours you sleep has an impact on your immunity to viruses.
Researchers recruited 164 healthy men and women and tracked their sleep for a week, using wrist-based sleep trackers and sleep diaries.
The participants were then injected with a live cold virus (...shudder) and quarantined in a hotel for researchers to monitor them for a further five days. Factors like their existing health levels and anti-bodies, BMI and psychological elements weren't taken into consideration.
The results demonstrated participants who slept for less than five hours per night were four and a half times more likely to catch a cold than those who hit six hours. They were only four times more likely to be struck down with the sniffles.