This is the season to be jolly…and unfortunately the winter season also brings in the sniffles. Statistics show that on average one can catch two or four colds during the winter season. But is there a way to avoid catching one? Yes, there is!
Definitely, such is great news! So how do you fight the colds and stay jolly this cold season? Here are a few rules to live by.
How to Avoid the Sniffles
Get a Good Night’s Rest.
Many of us are staying up late these days because of the lifestyle we are living. But sleep is one of your best defenses against the sniffles and other illnesses. How will sleeping help you fight the colds? Sleeping actually triggers the release of cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that excites cells and therefore boosting ones immune system. Having a strong immune system is vital in your defense against the cold virus.
At Least 7 Hours
A good night’s rest means getting at least 7 hours of sleep. Studies have shown that those who sleep for less than 7 hours are thrice more vulnerable to getting the sniffles. If your body has been used to sleeping late, you may have some trouble going to bed earlier than usual. Drinking a warm glass of milk before going to be can help you doze off easier. Instead of watching TV while trying to sleep, try reading a book or listening to a calming music instead. You should turn off the lights as well as our bodies are programmed to sleep in the absence of light.
You need to get moving if you want to avoid suffering from colds this winter. Moderate exercise can actually boost the functions of your immune system as recent studies have found out. Therefore engaging in a moderate exercise, (that is about half an hour to an hour and a half of physical activity) can help you avoid getting a cold. You have to take note of the word moderate here as too much and too long of intensive exercising can actually make you more vulnerable to falling ill as one research in Boone North Carolina found out.
But You Got a Cold Even After Exercising Regularly…
Do not think that all your hard work in your exercises is useless because you still got the sniffles. Regular moderate exercises can help you prevent catching the cold but it does not totally guarantee that you won’t get one. Exercising boosts your immune system and definitely a stronger immune system has a better shot of defeating the cold virus than a weak one. Plus all that sweating out still has some great advantages when you get the sniffles. The University of Illinois found out in their 2009 study that a person who exercises moderately on a regular basis has a good chance of recovering faster from a cold compared to those who don’t.
Follow these tips so you have a stronger chance of avoiding catching the sniffles this cold season! Share these healthy and helpful tips through Facebook, Twitter or email!