Viruses are 'more dangerous' in the morning

Study Finds Viruses Are 'More Dangerous' During Mornings

A new study by University of Cambridge claims that we are more susceptible to viruses in the morning.

The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says the virus is ten times more successful if the infection takes place in the beginning of the day.

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This is due to the body's "internal clock," which is the layman's term for the body's circadian rhythm. Disrupting this rhythm in the morning allows viruses to "lock in" and fester throughout the day.

RELATED: Your excessive sweating could be indicative of a health problem

Your Excessive Sweating Could Be Sending A Critical Message About Your Health
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Your Excessive Sweating Could Be Sending A Critical Message About Your Health

#1: You're extremely stressed

We’ve all sweat in situations that weren’t caused by the weather, like when we’re nervous, getting stage fright, or talking to someone important.

But did you know that stress sweat and heat sweat come from different glands altogether?

Eccrine sweat is produced all over our body, and it’s the type of sweat that keeps us cool in warm temperatures.

Apocrine sweat is secreted when we’re stressed, and it produces a thicker, smellier odor.

So if your B.O. is very strong, and lingers for a long time, it might be time to unwind and lower your stress levels.

#2: You're pregnant — or menopausal

These two conditions are very opposite of one another — but they can both cause excessive sweat.

According to Livescience, shifting hormone levels cause your endocrine system to go a bit awry.

This can cause your body temperature regulation system to go off the fritz, making you boiling hot at a moment’s notice.

So if you are constantly struggling with your body temperature, you could potentially be pregnant — or, if you’re past that age, it could mean that you are getting hot flashes.

#3: You need to drink more water states if your sweat is stinging your eyes or causing a streaky-what residue on your skin, it could mean that you need to hydrate yourself more.

This could be a sign that you need to drink more water to balance out the contents of the sweat.

It could also mean that you’re drinking a lot of alcohol, which can also be combated with more water!

#4: You are at risk for heatstroke

Excess sweat during a run or hike is fine because it’s helping you cool down so you don’t get heatstroke.

But if you suddenly start to sweat less and begin to get dizzy, nauseous, or confused, it could mean that your body has started to experience heat exhaustion and its temperature-regulating methods are no longer working as well.

If this begins to happen, it’s important to find help, stay hydrated, and get to a cooler area.

#5: You might have hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating.

Though it may be hard to tell when sweating gets excessive, hyperhidrosis is usually characterized from an isolated part of the body continuing to become damp.

So if you find yourself sweating excessively from the palms of your hands, the bottoms of your feet, or even your head, this could be a sign of perspiration gone overboard.

#6: You may need to adjust your diet 

If you’re constantly smelling a weird, fishy stench coming from skin, you could potentially have a rare genetic ailment called trimethylaminuria.

This is your body’s inability to break down trimethylamine, which has a powerful, fishy odor. 

If this is the case, you may have to talk to your doctor about avoiding certain foods.

#7: You might have a serious complication

Excessive sweating, even if you’re not working out or straining yourself, could be a sign of heart health problems.

If you’re experiencing a lot of mysterious perspiration, it might be time to make an appointment with your doctor.

Sweat may seem unsightly and smelly at times, but it’s an important part of our body that can help us better understand what’s going on inside.

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People who have varying schedules, then, can be more at risk than those who don't. Lead author Dr. Rachel Edgar said, "This [study] indicates that shift workers, who work some nights and rest some nights and so have a disrupted body clock, will be more susceptible to viral diseases."

Edgar and the other authors hope this study can help others, such as figure out who should first receive annual flu vaccines.

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