Monday December 11, 2017

Are you having Trouble Sleeping? These Insomnia-Inducing Habits Could be Blamed

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Are you having trouble in sleeping. Pixabay.

Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your mood and overall health. It is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Nowadays people are sleeping less than they did sleep in the past, and their natural sleeping pattern has been affected by various outside interferences.

It has been advisable to take a minimum of seven hours of sleep each day, unfortunately, we perform such activities before going to bed that restrains our mental state of mind from sleeping. Thereby, causing insomnia in our regular daily life. Below are the things that you do unintentionally and increase your own trouble before sleeping.

Using an Electronic Device/ Smartphone for texting or entertainment

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Avoid the urge to text and use your smartphone while sleeping. Pixabay.

We often stick to our electronic device for the whole day making us continue with the same in the night before sleeping. Electronic devices like e-readers and smartphones, or even television can disrupt sleep if watched while or before sleep. Keep a note that you’re suffering from Nomophobia if you sleep with your phone in or near your bed and get the urge to use it. It disturbs your brain after you’ve already retired or fallen asleep.

Drinking Coffee/ Tea

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Avoid intake of caffeine before sleeping. Pixabay.

Though you might love to drink a cup of coffee after your dinner, avoid it to the extreme extent. Coffee and tea contain stimulants of caffeine that disrupt your sleeping pattern. Do not intake caffeine after the evening if you desire to spend a peaceful night. Drink herbal tea which does not have composition of caffeine in it.

Eating chocolate

Chocolate is a rich source of caffeine, especially dark chocolate with high cocoa contents. If you are sensitive to caffeine, eating chocolate or drinking tea/ coffee might not do the desired role to keep you awake. Chocolates increase the heart rate, thereby affecting your sleep.

Skip your wind-down time

When you admit you can’t shut your mind off in bed, it’s often because you haven’t given yourself adequate time to rest and relax in the past hour. Take to bed after 30 minutes of your thought process of the day and put away anything that is provoking you and your night. To avoid any chaos, make to-do lists for the next day and plan up your day in advance.
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Having Chocolate or heavy food should not be consumed before bedtime. Pixabay.

Checking your work email

The blue-light-emitting device can overstress your body affecting your sleeping rhythms, and force you to check your work emails repeatedly before bedtime. This kind of mental disturbing activity will make you nervous or agitated and also unfocused for the next morning.

Eating spicy or fatty foods

It is not preferable to have a large meal too close to bedtime else you are sure to feel uncomfortable while sleeping. Spicy or fatty foods are capable of refluxing the acids of our body which is processed easily when a person lies down at night. You should try to fix a proper time for your dinner at least two hours before sleeping to enhance the process of digestion.

Drinking Alcohol/ Smoking

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Nicotine increases the risk of insomnia. Pixabay.
Alcohol does trick you into a drowsy state but as your body begins to metabolize the alcohol, you will feel the restlessness throughout the night and wake up tired with a dizzy and aching head. Smoking is injurious to health, we all are aware but it also disturbs your sleep. Nicotine acts a stimulant in your body worsening your insomnia. You need to consult a doctor for quitting nicotine consumption, be it traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smoking cessation patches, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco.

Working out too intensely

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Heavy Intensity workout may disrupt your sleeping pattern. Pixabay.
Exercising before bed is a healthy habit to promote your sleeping habits by treating insomnia. But to put your body into high-intensity exercise in the night does not affirm that you’ll have a great night. You need to have an early workout session to ensure your body has ceased from the energized stimulations at the gym.

Getting into a fight

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Avoid fights causing stress before sleeping. Pixabay.
There’s a definite reason couples are advised to never go to bed angry. Stress causes insomnia, increasing your stress hormones like cortisol. So, avoid serious conversations for the night and discuss them in the other time of the day.

Alter your routine

You should follow a certainly specified routine of carrying out activities before bed on a fixed time. This ensures a good sleeping hygiene and sends your brain a signal that you are going to sleep in a rest awhile. Do not alter that consistent routine often to maintain a healthy mind and brain before and after sleeping.
 -Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana

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Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children

The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

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Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children
Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children. Pixabay
  • Worried about your child’s obesity problems? It’s high time you curbed his love for sugary drinks and junk food. A little focus on dental care may also prevent your child gaining excess weight, says a new study.

The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

“Weight can be a sensitive subject, but if you talk about eating behaviors alongside dental health, you are looking at the issue from a different angle,” said Louise Arvidsson, a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

“The question is whether a healthy diet can have the effect also in young children. There has been a lot of focus on physical activity and mental health in children, but diet is an increasingly recognized aspect.”

The researchers reviewed the eating behavior, body fat and dental health of 271 small children. The height, weight and food intake of the children were kept under observation for one day and then checked for the prevalence of cariogenic microorganisms in saliva.

The results found that the children who had a higher amount of carries bacteria also had higher BMI and worse eating habits.

The children were suggested to consume whole grain products, 400-500 grams of fruit and vegetables per day, fish two to three times a week and a low intake of sugar and saturated fat.

Arvidsson mentioned in the thesis, conducted at the University’s Sahlgrenska Academy, that with good food comes increased self-esteem, better relationships with friends and fewer emotional problems

Rather, parents who try to change the regime of their children by asking them to eat less during childhood can see serious repercussions of overweight problems in later life.(IANS)

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Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems

How can lack of Social communication skills affect your mental health?

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Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems
Lack of Social Communication Skills may cause Increase in Health Problems. Pixabay
  • Are you left out by your friends due to improper communicative techniques? Beware, as it may take a toll on your health. New research reveals that people with poor social skills may be at a greater risk of developing mental as well as physical health problems.

Importance of Social Communication Skills in avoiding Mental Health Problems

Social skills refer to the communication skills that allow people to interact effectively and appropriately with others. They are mostly learned over time, originating in the family and continuing throughout life.

The use of technology, like texting, is probably one of the biggest impediments to developing social skills among young people nowadays, the researchers said.

“We have known for a long time that social skills are associated with mental health problems like depression and anxiety,” said Chrin Segrin, a professor at the University of Arizona.

“But it was not known definitively that social skills were also predictive of poorer physical health. Two variables — loneliness and stress — appear to be the glue that bind poor social skills to health. People with poor social communication skills have high levels of stress and loneliness in their lives,” Segrin added.

The researchers studied over 775 people, aged between 18 to 91 years, and were provided a questionnaire addressing their social communication skills, stress, loneliness, and mental and physical health.

The results found that the participants who had deficits in those skills reported more stress, loneliness, and poorer mental and physical health.

The study, published in the journal Health Communication, mentioned that while the negative effects of stress on the body have been known for a long time, loneliness is a more recently recognized health risk factor. It is as serious a risk as smoking, obesity or eating a high-fat diet with lack of exercise.(IANS)

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‘At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things’, says Bollywood Actress Ileana D’Cruz

Actress Ileana D'Cruz was once suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Watch out what she has to say.

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Actress Ileana D'Cruz
Actress Ileana D'Cruz . wikimedia commons
  • Actress Ileana D’Cruz, who suffered depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder, says at one point in her life she felt suicidal.
  • But once she accepted herself, she started feeling better.

Actress Ileana D’Cruz suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder

At the 21st World Congress of Mental Health here on Sunday, Ileana had a tete-a-tete with Organising Chairman Sunil Mittal on her struggle with depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Ileana was also awarded the Woman of Substance Award for her efforts towards raising awareness about mental health, read a statement.

She said: “I was always a very self-conscious person and was picked on for my body type. I used to feel low and sad all the time but didn’t know I was suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder till I got help. All I wanted to do was to be accepted by everyone.

“At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things. However, all of it changed when I accepted myself and what I was going through. I think that is the first step towards fighting depression.”

The “Barfi!” and “Rustom” actress said depression is “real” and people shouldn’t shy away from seeking help.

“It is a chemical imbalance in your brain and needs to be treated. Don’t sit back and think it will get okay but go get help. Like you have a sprain and go get yourself checked if you have depression, seek help,” she said, urging people to be like Winnie the Pooh. “He wore a crop top, ate his favorite food all day and loved himself, you can too.”

Ileana D’Cruz, whose mother was her biggest pillar of strength throughout, also said imperfections are a part of life.

“I am not saying that I had this miraculous recovery, every day is a process, every day is a step towards healing yourself and getting better. You are a human being and are allowed to be imperfect, and you are allowed to be flawed. There is a lot of beauty in your imperfections, in your uniqueness.

“You may look at us actors and think that ‘Oh my God, they are so pretty, so perfect’. But that’s not how it is. It takes two hours to get ready and look like this. Love yourself for who you are and trust me if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person and your smile is your best asset.”

Ileana D’Cruz said she decided to open up about her struggle because “as someone people look up to, even if I can help a handful of people cope, it is worth talking about it”.

The World Congress was organized by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), a global alliance of mental health professionals, national health associations, NGOs, policy experts and other institutions.( IANS)