Get out of YOUR PJs!
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.