Catching more zzzz's will help keep colds away

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If you don't get enough sleep, you're more likely to get sick.

According to a new study published in the Jan. 12 issue of

Archives of Internal Medicine

, the amount of sleep you get is directly linked to your risk of catching a cold. If you get less than seven hours of sleep a night, you're three times more likely to catch a cold. And if you're tossing and turning all night, you're five times more like to catch a cold.

Researchers say this is the first study to show that anything less than seven to eight hours of sleep-good, solid sleep-a night can lower your resistance to the common cold virus. So for the sake of your own health, and the health of those around you, try to catch a few more zzzzz's.

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