Sleep Can Help People to Cope with a Traumatic Event

A new study from Switzerland suggests that sleeping soon after a traumatic event can help people cope with it.traumatic event

For the study, two groups of participants watched a video with traumatic images. One group slept for the night after watching it, and another group stayed awake. Participants from both groups recorded their memories during several days after watching video.

Birgit Kleim, a study author and a clinical psychological scientist in the department of psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatics at the University of Zurich, says: “Our results reveal that people who slept after the film had fewer and less distressing recurring emotional memories than those who were awake.”

More information about the study is here.

Being Angry or Stressed while Exercising Can Lead to a Heart Attack

Heavy exertion while being angry or stressed connected to three times higher risk of having heart attack within an hour, a large international study finds.angry

The study was conducted by the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, including 12,461 people suffering the first heart attack in 52 countries with average age 58, and three-fourth of them were men.

Having finished their study, the scientists concluded that being angry or stressed doubled the risk of suffering heart attack symptoms within 1 hour, physical exertion did the same. Having both at the same time increased the risk of heart attack for more than three times.

Barry Jacobs, a psychologist at the Crozer-Keystone Health System in suburban Philadelphia and an American Heart volunteer, who was not involved in the study says: “This study is further evidence of connection between mind and body. When you’re angry, that’s not the time to go out and chop a stack of wood.”

More information here.