Monday, January 12, 2009

Lack of sleep 'raises cold risk' = The Korean Cold Wave

I blogged about sleep and Korean students a little while ago and then saw this on the BBC site today.

Lack of sleep 'raises cold risk'

An excerpt from the article stresses that 'quality' sleep is a must too.

Sleep quality

The less an individual slept, the more likely they were to develop a cold.

The quality of sleep also appeared to be important. Volunteers who spent less than 92% of their time in bed asleep were five-and-a-half times more likely to become ill than those who were asleep for at least 98% of their time in bed.

The researchers believe that lack of quality sleep disturbs regulation of key chemicals produced by the immune system to fight infection.

I guess this helps us understand a little more clearly the "The Korean Cold Wave" phenomenon that hits public schools regularly AND universities each semester . . . sigh.


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