By: Deborah Moskovitch
Vice-President, Marketing and Sales
With the summer nearing an end and school just around the corner, many students are excited about the possibilities that are ahead.
It’s a time where new friendships are forged and old friendships rekindled. For many it’s a time of independence – especially for those that are leaving home and going off to school. But, whatever your circumstance, many students often pick up bad health habits.
Students be warned! While these may be the best of years and forever cherished. Be cautious of your habits which could lead to outcomes that you want to avoid. These are the outcomes of your worst college/university/school behaviors.
Not sleeping enough. Do you know that there is a correlation between lack of sleep and a cold or flu? Researchers have shown that sleep-deprived people are more than four times more likely to catch a cold than those who get a satisfactory amount of sleep. I remember the days of pulling all-nighter’s to staying up late celebrating the end of exams…..both ending in the wee hours of the night, but having to get up early the next morning to get to class. Not exactly the best strategy living on minimal sleep when trying to stay healthy.
What do you do when you’re dragging yourself through the day because you’re just plain too tired? Try whenever possible to get enough rest and eat healthy. If you regularly get your pep to pull an all-night study session from a can of Red Bull, you’re actually bound to become dehydrated and exhausted. Caffeine-charged energy drinks contain ingredients which may zap your body of fluids and leave you jittery, dehydrated, fatigued, unable to concentrate, and downright irritable. So try revving up with plenty of sleep and water instead.
Sleepless Nights. Too many sleepless nights will find you exhausted, but they will also cause your immunity to become compromised. Suddenly you’ll be prone to more germs, illnesses and viruses lingering around your dorm. So try not to cram too many late-night study sessions into one week, and take a multivitamin if you’re not eating a balanced diet at the campus dining hall.
This would be a good time to use Cold-Q™ at the first sign of symptoms.
Stressed out. While the school experience is rewarding and fun, there are many stressors: exams, relationships, budgets, deadlines and many others. Did you know that stress weakens our immune system. Colds always seem to strike when we’re overworked or emotionally exhausted, as do eczema flare-ups, headaches and a myriad of other health problems. If you’re feeling excessively stressed and have a difficult time coping, a visit to Counseling Services, Student Health or the Wellness Center is strongly suggested.
Having cold symptoms may be even more stressfulI especially if you have a deadline or exam looming on the horizon. If you’re feeling symptoms of a cold, now would be a good time to start spraying Cold-Q™
Partying just a little too much. Binge drinking is an issue for younger and younger children, but it’s extremely tempting in college when kids are trying to fit into certain social circles. College parties and keggers encourage the heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time—often resulting in vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, dehydration, and in severe cases, alcohol poisoning. Instead, stick with a group of friends you can trust and watch out for each other at parties. And, find other forms of entertainment that don’t always include drinking.
While I do not condone excessive drinking, I do advocate for drinking responsibly and a designated driver.
If you do find yourself with a morning after headache, an informal headache/migraine study conducted using Cold-Q™ showed that some people experienced some headache/migraine relief. Consider spraying with Cold-Q™ which may help provide headache relief.
Wishing you a successful, healthy and happy year!
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