Those of us with multiple sclerosis (MS) know only too well that a nasty common cold can worsen MS symptoms and make us downright miserable. For this reason, avoiding colds and other infections is key. One way to avoid colds is to get enough sleep — especially over the next few months for those in the northern hemisphere where winter is around the corner and the common cold season is about to start.
Studies show again and again that those who sleep enough not only live longer, they also get fewer colds. One study report from 2009, Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to the Common Cold, reported that the risk of getting a common cold is three times greater for those who sleep less than seven hours per day than for those who sleep eight or more hours per day.
If this does not make you want to sleep more, consider that other studies show that those with MS do better if they get enough sleep. Of course, sleep should not be overdone because exercise, etc. is important too.
Some do have difficulty falling asleep at night. Some ways to overcome this problem include: getting exercise each day, stretching before going to bed, avoiding coffee and tea for several hours before going to bed, avoiding eating protein before going to bed, eating a snack with carbohydrates shortly before going to bed (a bowl of popcorn or rice works well), etc.
Finally, remember as we always do on the Intelligent Guide that what is good for our health is good for our looks. As usual, what makes us feel good makes us look good too. Fun!