You wake up and you feel like you’ve been hit by the most horrendous cold.
It’s still dark outside and you’re struggling to breathe, with a pounding headache and streaming eyes.
It’s only natural, in times like these, to want to stay in bed.
But it turns out, by being tucked up in bed, you could be making the problem a lot, lot worse.
While it may almost seem instinctive when hit by a virus or cold to stay in bed, there can be some very serious health implications, according to health professionals.
Dr Erich P Voigt, MD, an ear, nose, and throat doctor, spoke to Business Insider and outlined why bed is really not your best bet.
It turns out his patients do ask if they can or should they exercise when they’re ill.
However, while Dr Voigt is by no means suggesting you go for a run or sweat it out in a gym, he explains: “Resting doesn’t mean you should stay bed bound.”
Dr Voigt continues: “That thick mucus you need to cough out when you’ve got a cold.
“If you’re laying in bed and not moving, that mucus can consolidate in your chest.”
Worryingly, it can lead to bronchitis or pneumonia.
Dr Voigt continues: “When we’re not breathing properly and we’re not moving around, our lungs can collapse a little bit and give atelectasis which can then lead to fluid in the lungs or pneumonia.”
This is not the only health issue which can arise from being bedbound.
“Additionally, if you’re not moving around and lying in bed all day, you could get blood clots in your legs.
“So it’s a good idea to be up and around if you’ve have a cold or virus, you shouldn’t be lying in bed.”
Bear that in mind next time you opt to stay under the covers on your day off.
Source : BirminghamMail