Alcohol-fueled sleep 'less satisfying'
For many people, a nightcap of alcohol can help them fall asleep faster. However, new research from the London Sleep Centre has found that a drink before bedtime is actually detrimental to the quality of sleep because it robs a person of their ability to achieve the deepest sleep.
Developing a habit requiring a drink before bed can be troubling on many levels, including building a dependence on the drink to fall asleep, according to the scientists who did the study. Drinking before bed could also turn people into snorers, as alcohol suppresses breathing, and that could lead to sleep apnea. The alcohol tends to prevent people from falling into REM sleep, the stage in which people dream and one that is required for the most restful sleep.
The scientists who did the study recommend that you stop drinking an hour or two before bed.
Sourced from: BBC News, Alcohol-fueled sleep ‘less satisfying’
Poor sleep can make unhappy relationships
Maybe you sleep like you were shot with a tranquilizer dart, while your partner may be lying awake all night. Maybe it’s the sheet-pulling, loud snoring or incessant tossing and turning. Couples rely on emotional interdependence and disrupted, unsatisfying sleep can contribute to the fracturing of this bond.
Research from the University of California, Berkeley has found that sleep deprivation can lead to increased selfishness and focusing on what is best for the individual rather than for the relationship or their partner. The researchers concluded that unhappy relationships – especially feelings of being underappreciated – could be a result of poor sleep quality.
More than 60 couples took part in this study, ranging from ages 18 to 56. The first part of the study involved scoring the quality of sleep, and how this affected feelings towards partners. Next, researchers videotaped participants in a problem-solving atmosphere. Finally, participants were asked to record five things they were grateful for while the researchers analyzed the sleep data. The bottom line: Those who experienced poor sleep were less appreciative than those who slept well.
Sourced from: Medical News Today, Poor Sleep Can Make Couples Take Each Other For Granted
People seek unhealthy foods in tough times
Concerned about the state of the economy? Afraid of tough times? You may be subconsciously eating an unhealthy diet as a result of those perceptions. A new study from the University of Miami found that people tend to seek higher-calorie foods that will keep them satisfied longer when they feel they’re going through “tough times.” People in the study ate 40 percent more calories if they were concerned about something in their lives, compared to those in a control group presented with neutral language.
The researchers suspect that the perception of tough times triggers a subconscious “live for today” attitude, including with regard to food. The study comes on the heels of the campaign season, when people were drowned in advertisements about war, the economy and deep political divides, which could have played a role in pushing people toward unhealthy eating habits.
The researchers concluded that taste was not necessarily a big factor in what people ate. Rather, it was a longing for calories that came with the sense of going through times of struggle.
Sourced from: Science Daily, People Seek High-Calorie Foods in Tough Times