Lack of quality sleep can affect your social life and make you feel lonely

Lack of quality sleep can affect your social life and make you feel lonely

Poor sleep can hamper your social life, say scientists who found that sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less inclined to engage with others, avoiding close contact in much the same way as people with social anxiety. Researchers at the University of California (UC) Berkeley in the US, have found that alienating vibe makes sleep-deprived individuals more socially unattractive to others. Moreover, well-rested people feel lonely after just a brief encounter with a sleep-deprived person, potentially triggering a viral contagion of social isolation. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications,…

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Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. Researchers at Tulane University worked with a public school in New Orleans to add mindfulness and yoga to the school’s existing empathy-based programming for students needing supplementary support. Third graders, who were screened for symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of the school year, were randomly assigned to two groups. A control group of 32 students received care as usual, which included counseling and other activities led by a school social…

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Active social life, sleep well: Here are 8 things you can do to keep dementia away

Active social life, sleep well: Here are 8 things you can do to keep dementia away

To prevent the risk of dementia in old age, here are eight lifestyle changing tips that can help in the long run. Although, research has not yet discovered a cure for dementia, changes in diet, exercise and daily routine can reduce the risk factors, reports express.co.uk. Here’s a step by step guide to prevent dementia – which includes getting a good night’s rest. Sleep well Disrupted sleep patterns and insomnia have recently been suggested as risk factors for dementia. You may want to do regular exercise and eat healthy to…

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Smoking may increase sensitivity to social stress: Study

Smoking may increase sensitivity to social stress: Study

Lighting a cigarette may not be a good way to relax and it may increase sensitivity to social stress, according to a new study by the French National Centre for Scientific Research published on Tuesday. Researchers found that exposure to nicotine, rather than withdrawal from it, which is commonly seen as anxiety-inducing in smokers, produced a stressing effect on lab mice, reports Efe news. “(The experiments) suggest that nicotine could enhance the effects of stress,” said Philippe Faure, the centre’s head of research, during the study’s presentation in Paris. Scientists from…

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1 in 5 Teens Lose Sleep Over Social Media: Study

1 in 5 Teens Lose Sleep Over Social Media: Study

One in five teens regularly lose sleep over social media, waking up in the middle of the night to send or check messages on social media. This makes them three times more likely to feel constantly tired at school in comparison to their peers who do not log on at night, warns a new UK study. Researchers at Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) in the UK also found that girls are much more likely to access their social media accounts during the night than…

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Can social jetlag harm your health?

Can social jetlag harm your health?

  Social jetlag can cause several health problems (Thinkstock) There are times when you wake up bright and happy but through the day end up feeling tired and sleepy, thus compensating for those lost hours of sleep on weekends. This, in turn, causes a sleep deficit during the weekdays. According to a study, researchers in Europe have coined the term ‘social jetlag’ to describe the all too-common practice of following a different sleep schedule on weekdays versus the weekend. “Sleep plays an important role both in the physiological and psychological…

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Can social jetlag harm your health?

Can social jetlag harm your health?

There are times when you wake up bright and happy but through the day end up feeling tired and sleepy, thus compensating for those lost hours of sleep on weekends. This, in turn, causes a sleep deficit during the weekdays. According to a study, researchers in Europe have coined the term ‘social jetlag’ to describe the all too-common practice of following a different sleep schedule on weekdays versus the weekend. “Sleep plays an important role both in the physiological and psychological development of an individual’s body,” says sleep expert Dr…

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Social Media Competition May Push People to Exercise More

Social Media Competition May Push People to Exercise More

Want to exercise more? Start competing with your peers on online health programmes, researchers say. Their study found that social media competition can dramatically increase people’s fitness. “Framing the social interaction as a competition can create positive social norms for exercising,” said lead author Jingwen Zhang, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis. Social competition among people may go beyond exercise, to encouraging healthy behaviours such as medication compliance, diabetes control, smoking cessation, flu vaccinations, weight loss, and preventative screening, as well as pro-social behaviours like voting, recycling, and…

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World Obesity Day 2016: Obesity May Hamper Your Social Life

World Obesity Day 2016: Obesity May Hamper Your Social Life

Obesity is a major health challenge worldwide. Apart from known health hazards such as heart disease and diabetes, it can also prevent sexual intimacy and may ruin yoursocial life, experts say. India is home to the third-highest number of obese and overweight people, according to recent reports. Obesity is categorised on the basis of BMI, which is defined as the body mass divided by the square of the body height and is universally expressed in units of kg/m2, resulting from mass in kilograms and height in metres. Obesity is often…

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Social media videos give the final push to vegan lifestyle

Social media videos give the final push to vegan lifestyle

Internet videos on the cruel way in which animals are bred for eventual slaughter pushed Sahil Bhambri towards veganism in 2014. Brought up in a family of vegetarians, the shift towards a vegan lifestyle wasn’t drastic. He also convinced his parents and younger brother to adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle and consciously give up animal products, starting with dairy . Like 26-year-old Bhambri, many of those who have adopted a vegan lifestyle attribute their change to such social media videos. Nikhil Bedi, a 20-year old Delhi University students, recalled, “My dog…

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