Role of Sleep and Melatonin in Enhancing Your Beauty

Sleep: The most underrated antioxidant

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Maintaining good sleep hygiene and a good sleep quality has many advantages. The sleep wake cycle governs two hormones- Cortisol and Melatonin." Pixabay

Have you ever wondered what is the importance of day and night, what is the role of sleep, how do we set a good circadian rhythm? Well all this revolves around the hormone melatonin!

Setting up the circadian rhythm helps in production of good amounts of melatonin hormone. Melatonin does help in reducing the pigmentation, anti-ageing and also reduces hair fall so on and so forth.

Dr. Pallavi Sule, Dermatologist and Aesthetic Physician, starts by first explaining the meaning of Melatonin: “Melatonin is a hormone primarily secreted by the pineal gland which is known to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Usually it is consumed in the form of tablets to help people in jet lag, shift works by regulating the circadian cycle as a short term treatment for trouble in sleeping”.

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She explains:

How does melatonin get secreted?

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Melatonin is a hormone primarily secreted by the pineal gland which is known to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Pixabay

The pineal gland is sensitive to light. When it is dark the body secretes more melatonin and prepares the body to sleep and when it is day/ light (artificial lights) the production of the hormone decreases. Low levels of the hormone give brain signals to stay awake.

So what’s new about this hormone and why is it studied in more detail than before?

Sule said: “The hormone is also known for its antioxidant benefits!! We all are living in a very stressful environment, be it the external or internal stressors like pollution, food consumed (adulteration), solar radiation, sleep patterns, work environments and so forth!! Any kind of stress releases free oxygen radicals in the body, which damages our DNA, causing degenerative diseases and autoimmune diseases. Oxidative damage also leads to aging and hair fall which we know is one of the major causes.The hormone serves as a potent antioxidant, presumptive anti aging substance and anti cancer agent.”

Let’s understand how sleeping according to the body clock helps our body in general health and well being!

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When it is dark the body secretes more melatonin and prepares the body to sleep and when it is day/ light (artificial lights) the production of melatonin decreases. Pixabay

Sule further elaborates on this imperative subject adding, “Maintaining good sleep hygiene and a good sleep quality has many advantages. The sleep wake cycle governs two hormones- Cortisol and Melatonin.”

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Release of Human Growth Hormone: Experts estimate that 75 per cent of this hormone is released during sleep. It is released in the Stage 3 of sleep cycle which is usually 1-1.5 hrs after one falls asleep. Sleep deprivation or altered cycles affects the release of this hormone. In children it will affect the growth and health.

Sleep and its relation with Liver: There is a great relationship between sleep cycles and liver functions. Scientific studies suggest that most patients with advanced liver diseases have disturbed sleep patterns. The liver has its own clock for detoxification and regulation of hormones. Disturbed sleep results in raised cortisol levels (stress levels) and vice versa. This hampers the regulation of hormones by the liver. Here, now the liver is overworked and cortisol levels in the body are high during daytime. This circulating cortisol hampers the liver’s regulations of melatonin and so the melatonin hormone levels are also high during daytime. Resulting in day time fatigue and drowsiness, and night time alertness.

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Lastly, how can we increase melatonin levels?

“Many formulations are available in the market in the form of tablets and gels for topical application. But we must not forget the most important factor in production of the right amount of melatonin hormone in the body is sleep.” (IANS)

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Covid-19 to Cause Lasting Physical and Mental Health Consequences Worldwide

Researchers warn that the pandemic is likely to cause profound health issues globally

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Covid-19 pandemic is likely to cause major physical and mental health consequences on people all over the world. WIkimedia Commons

The coronavirus pandemic’s life-altering effects are likely to result in lasting physical and mental health consequences for several people, warn researchers.

For the findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team studied low-income women from New Orleans in the US, who were surveyed the year prior to, and at intervals after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

The women reported a range of traumatic experiences during Katrina, many of which are similar to those now occurring during the pandemic, including bereavement, lack of access to medical care and scarcity of medications.

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Hurricane Katrina which struck in 2005 had major consequences and a range of traumatic experiences as reported by the survivors, many of which are similar to those now occurring during the pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

The research showed that at one, four and 12 years after the hurricane, the exposures most strongly associated with post-traumatic stress, psychological distress, general health and physical health symptoms were those most common to the current pandemic.

The pandemic continues to cause widespread death and sickness, as well as job loss and severe economic hardship for many.

“This pandemic is likely to have profound short- and long-term consequences for physical and mental health,” said study researcher Sarah Lowe, Assistant Professor at Yale University in the US.

“These impacts are likely to be even larger than what we have seen in previous disasters like Hurricane Katrina, given the distinctive qualities of the pandemic as a disaster,” Lowe added.

The study did not include other exposures that are taking place during the pandemic, such as financial losses and unemployment, which are also likely to have additional and significant impacts on public health.

The results suggest that, in addition to promoting actions to reduce COVID-19 transmission and addressing longstanding health disparities contributing to COVID-19 morbidity and mortality, public health measures should also prevent and mitigate exposures that will have indirect effects on mental and physical health.

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Many other consequences like unemployment are also likely take place will have additional and significant impacts on public health. Pixabay

This includes preventing lapses in medical care and medication access. Additionally, another key exposure in the study was fear for one’s own safety and the safety of others.

As such, public health messaging should provide tips for managing anxiety and fear, in addition to promoting efforts to increase safety from COVID-19 transmission.

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“Supplemental health services should be provided to those who are bereaved or are experiencing clinically significant fear and anxiety-related the pandemic,” Lowe said.

“This study represents a step toward disentangling the health consequences of disasters, while also recognising more longstanding factors that contribute to health disparities,” she wrote.

Recently, another study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, revealed that people taken ill by coronavirus infections may experience psychiatric problems while hospitalised and potentially after they recover. (IANS)

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Keep Your Nutrition and Overall Health Goals Spot On During Lockdown

Here's how you can meet your health goals while at home

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Keeping a check on nutrition can be tough during lockdown. Pixabay

By Aditi Roy

“Work from Home” during quarantine has changed our lifestyles; keeping a check on nutrition can be tough when our home is our office. A few Diet Tips can be helpful during this time.

Unlike at the office, here we have plenty of packed food in the refrigerator all to ourself and enough time to graze. We could be working long hours without having eaten a thing and then accidentally reaching out for an entire packet of chips.

However, this can not only sabotage immunity but also distort our waistline. While we have plenty of time to focus on our hobbies and going by the trend, for most of us it seems to be cooking, baking and filling our stomach with easy & unhealthy food. However, it is also important to break these habits and switch to something healthier.

Let’s see how a small switch can bring us back on track? Here are some tips shared by By Kimaye Health- INI Farms to keep your nutrition and overall health goals spot on.

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We have plenty of packed food in the refrigerator all to ourself during the lockdown. pixabay

Ditch the noodles

Did you skip breakfast again to spend hours on a project? Well, in that case, the onset of laziness will make you reach for a pack of instant noodles. But considering health as a priority, homemade oatmeal porridge seems to be a better option. Top it with a dollop of peanut butter and banana slices and voila! A great meal to start your day with!

Workout while you WFH

Making time to workout while you WFH? This new work trend may keep you glued to your screen and your couch. Taking breaks at regular intervals to ease off some stress while keeping yourself off the couch — walk around the house, do 50 skips or squats and you are good to go.

Plan your meals

Plan your meals throughout the day just like you plan your day at work. Set aside some time towards the end of the day to plan for the next day. This will not just boost your productivity but will keep you from being a hungry mess at 5 in the evening and draw lines of discipline.

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You should plan your meals a day prior. Pixabay

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Cut out on caffeine

Are you reaching out for a cup of tea or coffee during odd hours? Here’s a wakeup call — start your day with a fresh pomegranate juice or fresh fruit. This will ensure a healthy sleep pattern and will keep your skin glowing.

Still binge-watching?

Binge-watching and couch potato go hand in hand. With screen times shooting up for as long as 10 hours, it is essential to give yourself a break from excessive screen time. Begin with a minimum of 30 minutes, it’s time to focus on your inner-self and cut out the external noises. (IANS)

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5 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant Through IVF

Here are some ways that can increase your chances of getting pregnant

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You can start doing these five things today for the best outcome possible.

The decision to choose IVF can be a difficult one for many couples. After unsuccessfully trying to have a baby, many couples may feel saddened by the number of negative results on pregnancy tests.

First off, it’s perfectly normal to feel a bit downtrodden when you may see that negative sign over and over again. But you shouldn’t feel defeated, as there are plenty of other options out there to have a baby (or babies!).

One of those options is IVF, which stands for “in vitro fertilization” is a process of medicines and a procedure that implants a fertilized egg in your uterus. Many clinics have high success rates of helping couples.

If you’re thinking about IVF, what are some ways that you can increase your chances and have the best outcome possible? Below are five things you can start doing today.

Increasing Your Chances For IVF Pregnancy

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One should prepare themselves about IVF and research about it.

Do Your Research

For starters, you want to become as much of an expert on IVF as possible. Research all the medicine, procedure options, steps, and more so you have a full idea of what is happening. This will not only help you while looking for clinics, but it will also help you understand what the medical professionals are talking about during your appointments.

Look at all the statistics, like success rate, challenges, policies, and doctors in your area. It’s important to find a clinic where you feel comfortable. This is a big procedure for you and your partner, so make sure you both find a place where you can give four thumbs up to.

Mind Your Health

Just like naturally conceiving, there are plenty of steps you can be taking outside of the doctor’s office to best prepare you for conceiving.

That means quitting smoking and heavy drinking (a glass of wine every now and then doesn’t hurt) and eating healthy. Take out the chips and start looking for healthy snacks, exercise regularly, and make sure you’re sleeping enough. Some people even turn to alternative treatments like acupuncture to boost pregnancy chances through IVF.

This is so much easier said than done, but it’s important to maintain your stress levels during this time. A stressful mind and body aren’t optimal for conception and could hurt your chances.

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One needs to quit habits like drinking and take care of their mental health. Pixabay

Vitamin D Supplements

Vitamin D is brought to you by our closest star: the sun. The sun is roughly 50% of our source of vitamin D, with the other 50% being brought by a healthy diet consisting of plenty of fish and vegetables

Studies have shown that women with a low vitamin D count are much less likely to conceive than those who have a high count. You can either supplement your lack of vitamin D through vitamins or injections. You may already be used to needles, so why not throw a few more in the mix?

DHEA Supplements

Continuing with more supplements, DHEA (which stands for dehydroepiandrosterone) are often administered by clinics around the globe and have found to greatly assist those trying to conceive through IVF.

At the moment, doctors do not know exactly why these supplements can help women conceive but they know that they present no long-term risk to either the mother or the baby. Speak with your clinic to see if this is an option for you.

Speak With a Male Fertility Specialist

Even though the majority of these tips have to do with the woman in this case, the man in the relationship can also be taking measures in order to give you your best chance at conceiving.

There are plenty of ways to improve sperm count and health, such as exercise, diet, no smoking, no heavy drinking and more. From time to time, following these guidelines can help the chances of conception. In addition, a specialist can help look at any abnormalities or low sperm amounts and recommend other changes or treatments.

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Remain Hopeful and Be Patient

The last thing you probably want to hear is “it will all work out… just be patient,” after being on a multi-year attempt of trying to conceive with no success. But the truth of the matter is that, that’s what you have to do… you have to be patient with the process.

Even though IVF often is successful, it may not work the first or even the second time you try. That means that you and your partner must exercise patience and try to maintain a positive attitude throughout the whole process.

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