coldFrom Bedtimes Magazine.  In the quest to prevent colds and flu, many overlook a vital component–making sure you get a good night’s rest.  Many studies have linked poor sleep and susceptibility to illness.  In 2010, one study asked volunteers to chronicle their sleep habits from the previous two weeks.  Then they were infected with a strain of the common cold.  Some came down with a full cold while others were only mildly affected.  Those who had previously had less than seven hours of sleep were three times more likely to come down with an infection than those who had slept eight hours or more.  So get your flu shot, wash your hands often and get a full eight hours of sleep.  Your immune system will thank you.  Sweet Dreams tonight.