Earlier this month, I wrote that lack of sleep makes us up to THREE TIMES more susceptible to cold and flu viruses. Additionally, a recent study conducted at the University of Chicago, shows if you’re deprived of sleep when you receive a flu shot, the efficacy of the shot is CUT IN HALF … and it may take up to three to four weeks for the vaccine to get to the point where it can protect you, versus just a few days for a well-rested person.
Achieving high-quality sleep on a consistent basis during cold and flu season gives you a fighting chance to stave off illness. The “extra hour” of sleep we all will receive on November 1, will help prepare us for a particularly tough and elongated cold and flu season.
Join me on Monday, November 2, 2009, for a #SleepGeek Twitter party (please RSVP at facebook.com/MustSleep). We’ll discuss what YOU and YOUR FAMILY do to prepare for better sleep to fight the cold and flu, as well as any strategies you’re using to make bedtime fun. Do your kids sleep with you? How soon before bed are you and your family watching TV, playing video games, working out, etc? Could you be doing something that actually makes you and your family more susceptible to cold or flu? Join in. Ask. Find out. Share what has worked, what hasn’t, and why. We’ll use a Q&A format, and have an option forum to share tips, ideas, and, who knows-maybe we’ll even surprise you and dispel some myths that can help us all be healthier this season.
To show our appreciation for sharing your insights and participating in Wednesday’s Twitter Party my colleague, @SleepNumberSara, is offering FREE Sleep Number® products to select participants too!
What is a #SleepGeek Twitter Party? It provides you a chance to ask questions on Twitter about bedtime routines, how sleep can keep you healthy and talk with others. I’ll join in on the conversations, tweeting live with you. Participation is easy and FREE! To view discussions and comments, search #SleepGeek at www.Search.twitter.com. To write comments and/or replies you must include #SleepGeek somewhere in your Twitter update. This is the only way your comment can be seen by the group. Please see details below.
- Please use #SleepGeek in your tweet
- Time: November 2, from 4-6 p.m. CT
- Location: Twitter, #SleepGeek
- Website: http://search.twitter.com/
If you have a question you’d like us to discuss, please post it in the comments section below. I’ll make sure to find an answer and discuss it during the Twitter Party. I look forward to tweet with you soon, but in the meantime, please follow me at www.twitter.com/SleepGeekPete.