When you have a cold, there is nothing better than your nice cosy bed. Sleep gives your mind and body an opportunity to rest and recharge to help you face the challenge of a new day. In fact, 81 percent of adults surveyed in the United States agree that sleep is the most important thing you can do to help your body get over a cold.1
Cold symptoms such as fatigue and sleepiness, along with fever, are considered part of the body’s initial response to infectious diseases. Over the last 20 years, advances in the understanding of the immune system and sleep biochemistry have shown that the association between sleep and inflammation occurs on a molecular level,2 confirming the conventional wisdom that it’s important to “get plenty of rest” when suffering from a cold.
In addition to the discomfort of cold symptoms, mucus production and congestion can worsen at night, making it harder to sleep.3 Mouth breathing as a result of congestion can also irritate airways, causing an increase in coughing. This can disrupt sleep, preventing the body from getting the rest it needs.3 Treating symptoms such as nasal congestion allows for efficient respiration and promotes good-quality sleep. It is important to treat symptoms such as nasal congestion to allow efficient respiration and ensure good-quality sleep. Sometimes it may be appropriate to use a multi-symptom cold medicine that contains ingredients to address all of the symptoms that interrupt your sleep (cough, pain, and congestion) to help you get a good night’s rest.
1 P&G survey of 3,458 adults in the United States, 2008.
2 Krueger, J., Majde, J., Sleep and the Immune Response. Washington State University.
3 Bouchez, C. Sleep Better When You’re Sick. WebMD. 2009. http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/sleep-better-when-you-are-sick