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Sleep monitoring could help in avoiding the common cold

We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping. Getting enough quality sleep is important to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, and it improves our quality of life and reduces the risk of illness. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended hours of sleep for an adult (26-64 years old) is between 7-9hrs and anything less than that can lead to potential diseases and reduced quality of life and productivity. Based on new sleep research, being susceptible to colds can be added to the list of lack of sleep side effects.

The research that was published in the Journal Sleep last year, involved a total of 164 healthy men and women (age range, 18 to 55 years old), who were administered nasal drops containing the rhinovirus and monitored over a week for the development of a clinical cold. The research confirmed that lack of sleep is connected to catching a cold. In fact, those who slept less than five hours were 4.5 times more likely to have a cold than those who slept seven hours.

Aric Prather, lead author of the study, stated:

“Sleep goes beyond all the other factors that were measured. It didn’t matter how old people were, their stress levels, their race, education or income. It didn’t matter if they were a smoker. With all those things taken into account, statistically sleep still carried the day and was an overwhelmingly strong predictor for susceptibility to the cold virus.”

Prather continues to say that the study shows the risks of chronic sleep loss better than typical experiments in which researchers artificially deprive subjects of sleep, because it is based on subjects’ normal sleep behavior. “This could be a typical week for someone during cold season,” he said.

This research proves that sleep should be treated as a crucial pillar of public health, along with diet and exercise. Knowing the importance of sleep on one's health, sleep monitoring can give sleepers a glimpse into their sleep health, and can help them reach the golden number of sleep hours. Our X2M200 respiration sensor, with its sleep monitoring profile, provides advanced respiration and movement tracking throughout the night, and its data is proven to be highly comparable to the gold standard Polysomnography (PSG) sleep study. The sensor can help sleepers to be aware of their sleep habits and push them to take necessary actions if any irregularities show up or if the total number of sleep hours registered is too low. So in addition to eating healthy, exercising regularly and maintaining a low-stress lifestyle, adding enough sleep and a X2M200 respiration sensor to your list of cold precautions should keep you healthy all winter!

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The abstract of the research "Behaviorally Assessed Sleep and Susceptibility to the Common Cold" can be found here.