Wednesday February 20, 2019

Move Closer to God For Better Sleep Quality

Religion could decrease psychological distress, substance abuse and stress exposure, which are all associated with sleep outcomes

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Move Closer to God For Better Sleep Quality
Move Closer to God For Better Sleep Quality. Pixabay

Finding it hard to get a proper night sleep? A higher religious involvement can reduce stress levels and lead to healthier sleep outcomes, say researchers.

The findings showed that persons with a greater sense of assurance of spiritual salvation tend to enjoy better sleep quality and tend to have fewer negative sleep consequences due to stressful life events and chronic conditions.

It is because higher religious involvement — religious attendance, prayer and secure attachment to God — benefits mental health by reducing stress, promoting social engagement and support from fellow members.

It also provides psychological resources — hope, optimism, sense of meaning — and promotes healthier lifestyles — lower levels of substance abuse, the researchers explained.

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“This research is relatively unchartered territory that allows us to better understand the way in which religion and spirituality affect a person’s health and overall quality of life,” said Christopher Ellison in The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Ellison said much of the benefit of perceived spiritual salvation among the faithful is because these persons have lower levels of psychological distress, i.e., feelings of depressed affect and anxiety.

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For the study, published in the journal Sleep Health, the team reviewed several large studies of religious involvement and sleep-related outcomes that included people from different age groups and religions.

Religion could decrease psychological distress, substance abuse and stress exposure, which are all associated with sleep outcomes, Ellison said. (IANS)

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Adults With Obstructive Sleep At Greater Risk Of Cardiovascular Diseases

Adults with moderate to severe OSA were categorised into four subtypes according to the symptoms they report: disturbed sleep, minimally symptomatic, moderately sleepy and excessively sleepy.

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The increased risk of CVD associated with OSA appears to be driven by patients in the excessively sleepy subtype, according to the researchers.
The increased risk of CVD associated with OSA appears to be driven by patients in the excessively sleepy subtype, according to the researchers. Pixabay

Adults with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), who experience excessive sleepiness while awake are at greater risk for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) than those who do not experience such symptoms, says a new study.

Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.

Adults with moderate to severe OSA were categorised into four subtypes according to the symptoms they report: disturbed sleep, minimally symptomatic, moderately sleepy and excessively sleepy.

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Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Pixabay

“Multiple studies from our group have shown that patients with moderate to severe OSA throughout the world can be categorised into specific subtypes based on their reported symptoms,” said Diego R. Mazzotti, researcher at the University of Pennsylvania in the US.

“However, until now, it was unclear whether these subtypes had different clinical consequences, especially in regard to future cardiovascular risk,” said Mazzotti.

For the current study, researchers followed for nearly 12 years 1,207 adults, aged 40 or above.

Participants reported symptoms such as difficulty in falling and staying asleep, snoring, fatigue, drowsy driving and daytime sleepiness.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, showed that participants exhibiting the excessively sleepy subtype were more than three times as likely to have been diagnosed with heart failure than the other three subtypes.

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They were about twice as likely to experience a heart attack, heart failure, stroke or cardiovascular death during the follow-up period than the other three subtypes. Pixabay

They were about twice as likely to experience a heart attack, heart failure, stroke or cardiovascular death during the follow-up period than the other three subtypes.

In addition, they were also more likely to experience a new or recurrent cardiovascular event during the follow-up period.

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The increased risk of CVD associated with OSA appears to be driven by patients in the excessively sleepy subtype, according to the researchers.

Studies of the cardiovascular benefits of continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, treatment for OSA should focus on the excessively sleepy subtype, who are likely to benefit the most from what is considered the gold standard OSA treatment, the team suggested. (IANS)