A new study finds that senior women who eat a lot of sugars and white bread tend to have insomnia more often than women of the same age with normal rates of carbohydrates in their diets.
For the study, a team of scientists from the New York City looked through the food diaries completed by more than 50,000 women who were in their mid-60s. These women had already been through the menopause and had the glycaemic index of their diet measured.
The analysis of the received results showed that women with the higher glycaemic index were 11% more likely to report insomnia compared to women with the lowest glycaemic index.
Lead study author, Dr James Gangwisch, a psychiatrist at Columbia University, says: “The take-home message here is to limit the consumption of highly processed carbohydrates such as added sugars since they could contribute toward or exacerbate insomnia.”
Recent study assessment from the Canadian Cohort Obstructive Lung Disease shows that people with poor sleep quality are at higher risk of developing the long-term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
To assess the risk of the condition, a team of scientists analyzed data from 480 patients from the CanCOLD study who passed a follow-up assessment period that lasted for 18 months. Their sleep has been measured with the help of patient Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI).
At the beginning of the study, of the 480 patients, 185 (38.5%) experience at least one condition recurrence during the observed period, and 203 (42.3%) showed poor sleep quality at the baseline.
After the 18-month period with the subsequent analysis of the received results, the researchers concluded that the patients with sleep disturbance had 95% higher risk of COPD.
According to the recent research, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, sleep deprivation is associated with the increased sensitivity to pain due to numbing the natural mechanisms of the painkilling response of the brain.
For the research, the scientists induced pain in 24 healthy young volunteers applying heat to their legs while scanning the brains of these participants to examine the circuits that process pain. Having analyzed the received data, the researchers found that those participants with inadequate sleep were feeling discomfort at lower temperatures.
Professor Matthew Walker from the University of California in Berkeley, one of the authors of the study, says: “Our findings suggest that patient care would be markedly improved, and hospital beds cleared sooner, if uninterrupted sleep were embraced as an integral component of healthcare management.”
According to a new study, insufficient sleep is associated with dehydration due to the disrupted release of a hormone responsible for hydration regulation.
For their research, a team of researchers analyzed the data from over 20,000 records of healthy young adults who participated in two big studies, the National Health and Nutrition Survey and the Chinese Kailuan Study.
The scientists concluded that people who slept for 6 hours or less on a regular basis were 16-59% more likely to experience dehydration than people who slept for at least 8 hours every night.
Asher Rosinger, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University in State College, explains: “This study suggests that if you’re not getting enough sleep and you feel bad or tired the next day, drink extra water.”
Nowadays, everyone knows what protein is but only a few of us know for sure how much of it we need to consume. According to government guidelines, average protein consumption should be 0.8g per kilogram of body weight. The next seven signs show you’re not getting enough protein, according to British nutritionists May Simpkin and Rick Hay:
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