5 Ways to Get Rid of a Cold

Catching Some ZZZs

Although sleep needs vary from person to person, we adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep every night to be at our best, both mentally and physically [source: National Sleep Foundation]. But, in reality, about 29 percent of Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night. If you're not regularly getting your eight hours, consider this: Getting fewer than seven hours of sleep a night raises your risk of catching a cold threefold, as compared to people who average eight hours a night [source: Engel].

And if you've already caught a cold? Staying well rested will give your body a chance to focus on getting well.