Researchers find the best medicine for the flu may just be sleep - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/9/09

Researchers find the best medicine for the flu may just be sleep

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Fighting the flu could also be as simple as going to bed and then later, hitting the snooze button. Researchers are finding that along with frequent hand washing and getting plenty of sleep could be the healthiest thing you can do this season, especially now that a study at Carnegie Mellon University is proving that the more you sleep, the less likely you are to get sick.

"People who got less than seven hours of sleep had caught the common cold more frequently than those who got more than eight hours of sleep," said Jeremy Weingarten, M.D., an internist.

 They call it vitamin zzz's, citing sleep as a natural and free way to boost your immune system.  Sleep doctors say children and adults need between seven and eight hours of good sleep, which means if you toss and turn in bed all night, those hours don't count.  Dr. Weingarten suggests eliminating caffeine in the evenings, just in case that's what's interrupting your vitamin z while you sleep.

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