Los Angeles, Aug 11 (IANS) American pop star Beyonce Knowles has described how touring has taken a toll on her body, leaving with muscle aches, pains, and a stressed hair and skin."I think like many women, I have felt the pressure of being the backbone of my family and my company and didn't realize how much that takes a toll on my mental and physical well-being. I have not always made myself a priority, Beyonce told Harper's Bazaar's Icons issue, reports femalefirst.co.uk.The 39-year-old added: "I've personally struggled with insomnia from touring for more than half of my life. Years of wear and tear on my muscles from dancing in heels. The stress on my hair and skin, from sprays and dyes to the heat of a curling iron and wearing heavy makeup while sweating on stage."The "Black Is King" hitmaker is aware she needs to "take care of (herself) and listen" to her body to be at her "best", she said that she used to struggle with body image and was fixated on her physique."In the past, I spent too much time on diets, with the misconception that self-care meant exercising and being overly conscious of my body," said Beyonce, who has four children Blue Ivy, Nine, and Rumi and Sir, with husband Jay-Z.The "Single Ladies" hitmaker is trying to change her habits and focus on her mental health and to register the "subtle signs" that her body needs a break."My health, the way I feel when I wake up in the morning, my peace of mind, the number of times I smile, what I'm feeding my mind and my body - those are the things that I've been focusing on. Mental health is self-care too."Beyonce revealed that she is "learning to break the cycle of poor health and neglect, focusing my energy on my body and taking note of the subtle signs that it gives me. Your body tells you everything you need to know, but I've had to learn to listen.She added: "It's a process to change habits and look past the bag of chips and the chaos everywhere!--IANSdc/in
New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The havoc induced by Covid-19 has affected sleep, and increased stress and anxiety, impacting physical as well as mental health of people. Natural antioxidant Gamma Oryzanol may help improve sleep and anxiety, say health experts.Gamma Oryzanol is a mixture of antioxidant compounds in the bran's oil fraction. Isolation, loss of work, economic and health worries during the pandemic has dramatically altered the sleeping pattern of many.While the treatment of insomnia mostly involves pharmaceutical drugs, it comes with its own side effects and many people are not really open or they don't want to take pharmacotherapy because of the side effects. However, many studies are being done to find out certain natural substances, which can help in the treatment of insomnia and Gamma Oryzanol is one of them."There are several antioxidants available for enhancing our overall health. Recently discovered Gamma Oryzanol preliminarily extracted from rice bran, is an important antioxidant," said Dr Nand Kumar, Professor at the Psychiatry Department of AIIMS, New Delhi. "Gamma Oryzanol is a great natural antioxidant which has been derived from rice bran. Many studies have been done on this which have proved that Gamma Oryzanol is good for the treatment of insomnia," added Dr Pratibha Dogra, Head, Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, W Pratiksha Hospital, Gurugram.Dogra said a 2017 study in Korea proved that it is a natural sleeping aid. The Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020 disrupted people's routines, lifestyle and sleep quality. Disruption in work, school and home has increased stress, anxiety, and depression."Managing stress level becomes really important as stress over a period of time can lead to many diseases like sleeplessness, depression, panic attack, high blood pressure, heart diseases and diabetes etc. Stress and related medical conditions can be naturally managed by lifestyle modifications, Dietary changes little medication and consumption of natural antioxidants," Kumar said.Gamma Oryzanol also helps alleviates high fat diet-induced anxiety behaviour through downregulation of dopamine and inflammation, he said, citing a recent scientific study. Further, the natural antioxisdant also significantly improves the symptoms of dementia, without compromising cognitive function or causing other major side effects, Kumar noted.--IANSrvt/bg
Lucknow - Nearly 55 per cent students in Classes 4 to 12 have reported health issues, mainly due to prolonged online learning during the pandemic.
The health issues mainly include stress, severe eyesight problems and insomnia.
These are the findings of a study -- 'The Impact of Online Teaching during the Pandemic on Learning and Well-being' -- conducted by students of Lucknow-based Spring Dale College (SDC) chain of schools.
The report is based on a survey, including group discussion, of 4,454 respondents -- 3,300 students, 1,000 parents and 154 teachers -- of various schools.
The respondents were queried about the problems and benefits of online classes.
In the study, 54-58 per cent students said that they experienced severe physical strain, eyesight troubles, backache and headache due to postural problems, apart from lethargy, fatigue, irritability and obesity.
Nearly 50 per cent complained of stress and 22.7 per cent of insomnia while about 65 per cent of students cited technical glitches, network problem, difficulty concentrating while studying through mobile phones.
About 45-47 per cent of students had problems in interacting with teachers and classmates and said not all people are seen on screen at a time.
Students also complained of loss in confidence and low motivation.
The positive result of online education, however, is that both students and teachers have become tech savvy.
Over 60 per cent of the students said they got additional leisure time which they used in gardening, art and craft while 65 per cent said they spent free time at home which strengthened family bonding.
However, both students and teachers yearned to get back to classrooms and felt that physical interaction helped in improving educational standards.
Rome, June 3 (IANS) Increased evening screen time during the Covid-19 lockdown negatively affected sleep quality, finds a new study.The researchers, from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, found decreased sleep quality, an increase in insomnia symptoms, shorter total sleep times, and later bedtimes and rising times among the 92.9 per cent participants who reported an increase in their electronic device usage during the shutdown.Conversely, participants who reported a decrease in evening screen time (only 7 per cent) reported improved sleep quality and fewer symptoms of insomnia. The findings are published in the journal Sleep."The overuse of electronic devices in the hours before sleep was a deeply rooted habit in our society already before the pandemic emergency, in particular among young people. In our opinion, the current period of social distancing added fuel to the fire," said first author Federico Salfi, doctoral student at the varsity's Department of Biotechnological and Applied Clinical Sciences."The evidence of a strong relationship between screen habits and the time course of sleep disturbances during the lockdown period suggests that, now, more than never, raising public awareness about the risks of evening exposure to electronic devices could be crucial to preserve general sleep health. This applies to both the ongoing pandemic and the future, as electronic technologies will find more and more space in our daily routine," added Professor Michele Ferrara, Director of the Laboratory of Sleep Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience.During the lockdown period in Italy, daily internet traffic volume almost doubled compared to the same time in the previous year. Researchers here conducted a web-based survey of 2,123 Italian residents during the third and seventh week of Italy's first national lockdown and evaluated sleep quality and insomnia symptoms, and inquired about usage of electronic devices in the two hours before falling asleep.The respondents who reported no change in their screen time exposure likewise showed no variations in their sleep habits. Notably, this group of responders had the best sleep quality and fewest insomnia symptoms in the first survey results, suggesting that the lockdown exacerbated negative sleep conditions for people already suffering from poor sleep quality.--IANSrvt/sdr/
New York, April 6 (IANS) Insomnia -- a sleep disorder -- is likely to increase suicidal thoughts and actions, as well as anxiety and depression in people with schizophrenia, finds a new study.Insomniacs have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. It is a common problem among patients with schizophrenia -- a mental disorder where people interpret reality abnormally.Waking up too early was associated with suicidal thoughts, and more severe schizophrenia, including symptoms like anxiety and depression. Trouble falling and staying asleep significantly increased the odds of a suicide attempt, revealed the study, detailed in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry."We are now aware that significant insomnia is putting our patients at even higher risk for suicide, so if they are having changes in sleep patterns, if they are having significant insomnia, then we really need to hone in on those questions even more related to suicidal thinking and do what we can to help," said Brian Miller, psychiatrist and schizophrenia expert at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, in the US.Schizophrenia is clearly associated with an increased risk of suicide, with a 5-10 per cent lifetime risk of death by suicide, that is likely the greatest within the first year of diagnosis, Miller said.Better sleep, on the other hand, showed improvements in schizophrenia, he noted.The study suggests that insomnia is an important treatment target in schizophrenia. Other interventions include avoiding caffeine, as well as blue light from common sources like televisions and smartphones, particularly in the hours before bedtime, as well as prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids.Making adjustments to antipsychotic medication used to treat their schizophrenia since some, like clozapine, also have sedative effects can also help. The team looked at associations between insomnia, suicidal thoughts and attempts and disease severity in 1,494 individuals diagnosed at 57 sites in the US, and enrolled them in a comparative study of five different antipsychotics.Nearly half of patients reported problems falling asleep or broken sleep, termed initial and middle insomnia, and 27 per cent reported terminal insomnia where they wake up too early and cannot get back asleep.--IANSrvt/sdr/
Insomnia is a sleep disorder where people have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep as long as desired. Insomnia during the night is typically followed by daytime sleepiness, lack of energy, drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, and sulkiness. It can also take a toll on your mental focus which may further impact your daily activities and work commitments. In worse cases it can also lead to depression Insomnia can be short-term, or chronic, and long term lasting from a few days to months.
The cases of insomnia are at an all-time high. People due to factors like stress, lifestyle habits, and dietary choices are encountering the condition in increasing numbers. If you happen to be suffering from the condition here are seven Ayurvedic herbs that can help you beat insomnia and have sound sleep.
A tonic root used to help the body under long-term stress. Ashwagandha improves energy and cognition by acting on relaxing neurotransmitter systems and protecting brain cells from damage. As stress is a huge factor in raised cortisol levels, helping to keep stress under control will be a huge factor in boosting sleep quality.
This violet wonder is high in essential oils that relieve stress and improve sleep. Lavender’s relaxing effects are considered to be largely due to the essential oils present, whether inhaled, ingested, or applied topically.
Cinnamon provides a gently warming, sweet yet sugar-free flavor while helping improve blood sugar levels. Sleep deprivation increases cortisol levels, which can cause increased rates of insulin resistance the leading cause of type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon is said to prevent this insulin resistance, as well as helping improve glucose tolerance. Cinnamon has also been said to improve indigestion, which can often end up keeping us awake at night. Sprinkle some over your pre-bed bowl of porridge and drift off peacefully.
4. Chamomile Flower
It’s not just lavender that provides relaxing essential oils, chamomile flower does too. These oils help calm our ‘fight, or flight’, sympathetic nervous system, improving sleep quality. Chamomile flower also contains an antioxidant called apigenin, said to help calm an anxious mind. What’s more, chamomile tea has traditionally been used to ease digestive complaints linked to nervous conditions.
A small bowl of porridge an hour before bedtime might not be the worst idea. Oats have been traditionally used to recover from stress-induced nervous fatigue and to aid restful sleep.
Valerian has been used by people for thousands of years. Even today, its remarkably calming effect is a great comfort to people struggling with everything from sleep and insomnia to nervous anxiousness. This is one of our favorite herbs for sleep and can be found in our much-loved Night Time blend. Interestingly, many cats also love the smell of this herb and its effects are similar to catnip.
Not just for Christmas, this warming spice has a reputation for its settling and calming properties in both traditional Indonesian herbal medicine and Western herbal medicine. It’s said to help you stay asleep as well as fall asleep.
This content loaded with suggestions provides casual information only. It is in no way a replacement for a qualified medical opinion. Always talk with an Ayurveda doctor for more queries.