Get out of YOUR PJs!

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - B + S -

What’s the first thing you do when you catch the snif­fles? If your an­swer is to change into your PJs, curl up with a cuppa and press play on Net­flix, you’re not alone, but if you want to kick­start your re­cov­ery, don’t spend too long on the lounge. While it’s im­por­tant to give your­self a few days to rest and re­cover, too long can re­sult in “py­jama paral­y­sis” – which may sound fa­mil­iar to any­one who’s stayed cosied up in their dress­ing gown, con­vinced that putting on pants will make them feel worse. “Wear­ing py­ja­mas re­in­forces feel­ing un­well and can pre­vent a speedy re­cov­ery,” ex­plains pro­fes­sor Jane Cum­mings, a chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer for the UK’s Na­tional Health Ser­vice, who’s launched a cam­paign to end py­jama paral­y­sis in hos­pi­tal pa­tients. And the idea is based on sci­ence. A large UK study found that hos­pi­tal pa­tients who traded PJs for reg­u­lar clothes col­lec­tively shaved 91,728 days off the du­ra­tion of their stay. With flu sea­son ap­proach­ing, this trick is worth try­ing. Dur­ing the flu, your body tem­per­a­ture takes about three days to re­turn to nor­mal, so keep your ugg boots on to stay cosy – and drink plenty of H2O.

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