Sleep Quality Is More Important Than How Long You Sleep

Don’t stress if you don’t get the seven-to-nine hours of shut-eye recommended – as long as you aren’t tossing and turning all night.

A new study published in the academic journal Sleep suggests that a good night’s sleep is more important than the duration of sleep. Professor Neil Walsh’s team from Liverpool John Moores University discovered that those who don’t get enough or quality sleep are about three times more likely to catch a cold. But good quality sleep – falling asleep quickly and not tossing and turning through the night – overpowers a short snooze.