Now that cold season is upon us, it is important to figure out ways that we can help limit our chances of being struck by cold germs. An easy way to decrease your risk of catching a cold or other common infections is to ensure you are getting enough sleep.Life Science reported the results of a national sleep survey in which researchers analyzed information from more than 22,000 Americans between 2005 and 2012. The participants answered questions about their sleeping habits, as well as whether they'd had a cold, pneumonia, or an ear infection in the past month. The participants who slept for 5 hours or less on average weeknights were 28 percent more likely to report having a cold in the past month and 82 percent more likely to report having the flu, pneumonia, or an ear infection compared with those who slept 7 to 8 hours on weeknights. The study did not find a link between sleeping 9 hours or more and the risk of catching a cold or an infection. So be sure to catch 7 to 8 hours of zzz's a night to help increase your chances of fighting off the cold bug this spring. If those in your home still happen to catch a cold or the flu this season, there are many helpful at-home remedies to help them get through it. Visit our previous blog, Natural Remedies to Fight the Flu and Seasonal Colds, for a great list of natural options!