Answers to Common Holiday Health Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about holiday health.

How does rest and proper hygiene keep someone healthy during the holidays?

Dr. Diller talks about the importance of rest and hygiene to staying healthy during the holidays. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Taking simple steps to get enough sleep and have good hygiene can help you stay healthy during the holiday season.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be easy to become over-committed, over-stressed and end up losing sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Taking the time to re-focus on the fun parts of the holidays – family, friends, celebrations and more – can help you to relax and get the rest you need, according to the CDC.

Getting enough sleep each night will keep you energized, will boost your immune system and will improve your safety because you will be more aware and less clumsy, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Hand washing is just as important during the holidays. Proper hand washing – using soap and warm, running water to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds – is especially important during the holiday season, when colds and the flu is more prone to spreading, according to the CDC.

Make sure to wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially if you have been someplace where you have shaken a lot of other people’s hands or touched a lot of shared items, according to the CDC.

If soap and warm, running water are not available, the second-best option is alcohol-based hand sanitizer, according to the CDC.

Talk to your doctor for more information about the importance of good sleep and good hygiene to your health during the holidays.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Andrew Diller, MD, Brookville Family Care; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia