Turns out sleep plays a causal role in your susceptibility for developing a cold. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that if you average less than seven hours of sleep per night, your chances of catching a cold triple. The same study also found that quality of sleep is important. In other words, uninterrupted, deep sleep will help you stave off a cold much better than getting a light night's rest in which you toss and turn or don't fall asleep right away.
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