I’m hungrier than usual
When you are sick and are suffering from symptoms of the common cold, you may feel hungrier because your body is trying to build up its immune system and fight off the virus, explains Dr. Lynem. “The saying ‘feed a cold, starve a fever’ is an old wives tale—you always want to get proper nutrition, especially when you are sick.” When you have a cold and your body is asking for food, you should eat as much as you can but stick to a softer diet, she explains. Homemade chicken soup is a good option because it offers vitamins, protein, and is hydrating. Other foods to eat when you have a cold include clear broths, garlic, salmon, oatmeal, and hot tea. “Add honey or ginger to your hot tea—both help with inflammation,” says Dr. Lynem. Check out these nine clear signs that a cold is coming and how to stop it.
I’m having crazy dreams
Most dreams happen during REM (rapid eye movement), the deepest stage of sleep, and when we are sick and have a fever, our minds can be more active than usual during REM. “Fever can bring on crazy dreams and bizarre thoughts,” says Gina Lynem, MD, a physician at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Usually, with a cold, your fever doesn’t get above 100 degrees, she explains, but with the flu, it can spike to 100 degrees or higher. While research shows a link between vivid dreams and nightmares and having the cold and flu, treatments to help alleviate common cold and flu symptoms such as over-the-counter cold medications with antihistamines may also alter REM sleep and increase the chance for having crazy dreams. Check out these 10 other health conditions that can affect your sleep.