While getting the usual holiday cold, I searched around the internet a bit to find out why/if I/people get sick more often during holidays. Most articles deal with the temperature and the environment, but some of them claim there is a thing called Leisure sickness. Two articles that seem to use the same source are
- Boots WebMD - Do weekends and holidays make you sick?
- KoolStof Coaching - Why Do I get Sick at Christmas?
Your immune system is stimulated by the pressure, so when you have deadlines your body knows you can’t get ill. When you take a break your immune system just thinks - no more pressure. I can get sick now.
This to me does not sound right. As far as I know stress has a negative impact on the immune system, not the other way around.
Question: Does leisure sickness exist?