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Practice Yoga & Sleep Well

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Nothing can make you more refreshed and energised for a long day than a night of sound sleep. Whether you are a corporate professional, a student or a housewife, all of us experience some form of stress in our day to day lives. There is no end to the number of worries and the anxiety that can plague one’s happiness; especially when we go to sleep. For some of us, depending on our lifestyle, this may be the only time that we get in the whole day, to relax our body and mind. This however, becomes difficult when you try too hard to relax. It only makes your body tenser.

There are numerous benefits of a night of good, sound sleep. It is when you sleep that your body repairs the damaged cells in it. It also helps increase your concentration and retention power because your mind is relaxed. When you do not get this dose of sleep, you feel tired, drained out and unable to concentrate on work at hand. Worse, if this continues, it leads to disorders like insomnia and sometimes people even start hallucinating.

While there are drugs and chemicals to superficially cure you of such disorders and make you sleep, nothing can replace the benefits of a natural remedy. Yoga is such an experimental science. Through yoga, you learn to experiment and understand your own body. It automatically tells you what is good for your body and what is not, what relaxes your body and what does not. The external environment around you will then no longer matter, because you know that you can calm your body down no matter where you are and give it the relaxation it needs. You will not need to depend on anything else to get that night’s sleep.

Shavasana is a relatively common relaxation yogasana but its benefits are innumerous. It relaxes your entire being. This asana should be practiced before sleep as it will take away all your physical and mental fatigue and make you aware of your own body. Ujjayi Pranayama when done in Shavasana helps in inducing sleep. It is a tranquilising  pranayama and a perfect cure for insomnia. It has an enormous soothing effect on the nervous system and calms down your nerves. Matsya Kridasana is another relaxation asana that can be practiced before going to sleep. It is especially helpful in calming down. Source

Source: Yoga.am Dec 13.’09

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Tips for Being a More Light-Hearted Parent

Do you want to be a more light-hearted parent; less nagging, more laughing?
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Here are some tips that may help:

1.At least once a day, make each child helpless with laughter.

2.Sing in the morning. It’s hard both to sing and to maintain a grouchy mood, and it sets a happy tone for everyone.

3.Get enough sleep. It’s so tempting to stay up late, to enjoy the peace and quiet. But 6:30 AM comes fast.

4.Avoid feeling cranky by getting organized the night before and making sure you’re not rushed.

5.Most messages to kids are negative: “stop,” “don’t,” “no.” Try to cast your answers as “yes.” “Yes, we’ll go as soon as you’ve finished eating,” not “We’re not leaving until you’ve finished eating.”

6.Say “no” only when it really matters. Wear a bright red shirt with bright orange shorts? Sure. Put water in the toy tea set? Okay. Sleep with your head at the foot of the bed? Fine.

Everyone wants a peaceful, cheerful, even joyous, atmosphere at home — but you can’t nag and yell your way to get there. So think about ways, like those listed above, to cut back on the shouting and to add moments of laughing, singing, and saying “yes.”


Source:
The Happiness Project July 15, 2006

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To Beat Insomnia, Spend Less Time in Bed

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Can’t get to sleep? Well, then stay up, say researchers at Auckland University who have discovered a potential breakthrough treatment  for insomnia.
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According to scientists, the key to sleeplessness is to force bad sleepers to spend less time in bed. First, insomniacs are told to keep a detailed diary of the time they spend in bed asleep and awake. Then, they are asked to change their habits, reducing the time they spend in bed each night by the number of hours they would spend lying awake.

After a couple of weeks, many patients discovered that they were tired enough to start sleeping better. When the insomniacs in the study underwent the therapy, 80% to 90% said their insomnia had improved.

Sources: The Times Of India

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Snorers ‘Burn More Calories at Rest’

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A new study has revealed that heavy snoring help burn calories and, in fact, the more severe one’s snoring the more calories one regularly burns even while one’s awake, reported the ‘Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery‘ journal.

According to researchers, the increased activity in a sufferer’s nervous system caused by their snoring could be the reason behind the findings.

The researchers have based their findings on analysis of 212 patients, all of whom snored or had related conditions including sleep apnoea, a disorder in which sufferers actually make snoring noises and stop breathing momentarily during the sleep as their airways close over.

Those who suffered from the most serious snoring problems expended around 2,000 calories while resting every day, while those who tended to snore lightly and less often burned an average of 1,626 calories a day resting, they found.

And, according to the researchers, resting energy expenditure may be affected by increased reactions in nervous system caused by snoring and snoring-related disorders.

However, they have strictly warned that snoring could cause other problems, which could make sufferers gain weight, despite the fact that they are expending more calories while at rest.

Lead researcher Eric J Kezirian of the University of California was quoted by ‘The Daily Telegraph‘ as saying: “First, sleep-disordered breathing often results in fatigue and other (changes) in daytime functioning that can limit physical activity.

“Second this (study) does not specifically incorporate the emerging evidence that suggests sleep-disordered breathing may alter energy intake, whether through hormonal or other mechanisms.”

Sources:The Times Of India

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6 Ways to Reduce Inflammation — Without a Statin Drug

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Experts predict that as a result of the so-called JUPITER study, which seemed to show that the statin drug Crestor lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes in those with high levels of inflammation, will lead to millions of people being put on statin drugs.

But the benefits were actually tiny — about 0.72 percent of the statin takers in the trial had a heart attack or stroke, compared with 1.5 percent of those taking placebos.

Instead of a statin drug that comes with dangerous side effects, try these six measures instead:

    1. Stop smoking. Smoking hardens the arteries and increase inflammation. But research shows you can reverse all the damaging effects to your arteries within 10 years of quitting.
    2. Exercise  daily :  Exercise  keep you fit,  mobile  & improve  immune system.
    3. Think olive oil, fish, and nuts. People who stick with a Mediterranean-style diet based on fruits, vegetables, nuts, and olive oil can lower their levels of inflammation. It works by increasing the amount of foods you eat that are rich in omega-3 fats, which fight inflammation.
    4. Get active. Exercise a great way to lower inflammation without any of the side effects associated with medications.
    5. Shrink your waist size. If you’re a woman with a waist measurement of over 35 inches or a man with a waist of over 40 inches, you probably have high inflammation. Whittling a few inches off the waist by reducing your portions and increasing activity can go a long way toward solving that problem.
    6. Get enough sleep. A new study shows that elderly people with high blood pressure who sleep less than 7.5 hours a night have dramatically elevated chances of having a stroke or heart attack. Other research has shown that both too little and too much sleep increases inflammation. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says most adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night.
    7. Reduce stress. High levels of stress hormones can lead to the release of excess inflammatory chemicals.
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