The Science Behind Why You Are Irritable When You Are Sick

Have you ever wondered why even minor illnesses are often accompanied by morose and antisocial behavior? This is not merely a fit of pique or an impatient response to discomfort but an actual biological response to illness known as “sickness behavior.” 
 
According to NPR, the same chemicals that activate immune responses also send out signals to slow down. The result is that sick people often want to skip eating, avoid social situations and refrain from other activities. Of course, many people who are unfortunate enough to suffer through minor illnesses will attempt to ignore these signals and are not attuned to how sickness behavior is impacting their life. 

The expectations of the modern lifestyle are not conducive to sickness behavior. A stuffy nose and a sullen demeanor in a professional setting is unlikely to elicit very much sympathy. The fact is that most workers still attend, and in many cases are expected, to work even when they are sick. 

The best way to avoid the unpleasantness of illness is to avoid getting sick in the first place. This may seem easier said than done when going out in public, working and even preparing food while sick is such a common practice. Fortunately, there are a number of natural strategies you can employ if you want to keep yourself healthy this cold and flu season. Make sure you read my comprehensive list of natural cold remedies

Also make sure you stay informed on the subject of vaccines and are not swayed by the hype. A final tip is to practice proper hand washing and drying. It is the best way to prevent the spread of contagious disease and this article breaks down the proper techniques. 
 
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