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Little sleep in adolescence favors heart problems

Little sleep in adolescence favors heart problems

Do your children get enough sleep? If the answer is no, it may be best to set a bedtime. This is because a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal ( ) CMAJ ) found that few hours of sleep in adolescence increase the risk of heart problems, such as heart attack, in adulthood. The survey was led by a cardiologist from the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada. Experts collected data from more than 4,100 adolescents and found that they slept on average 7.9 hours a night during the week and 9.4 hours per night at weekends. Almost 20% of them reported having a few hours of sleep during the week and 10% said they did not get enough sleep over the weekend. In addition, about 6% reported using medications to help them sleep. The results of the analysis showed that poor sleep quality was associated with a higher body mass index (Find your ideal weight), higher waist size and higher cholesterol and blood pressure levels, all risk factors for heart disease. The discovery is important mainly because it shows that habits cultivated in youth accompany us throughout our lives.

One possible explanation would be the fact that waking up at night, having difficulty falling asleep and having nightmares are related to other bad habits , such as growing an unbalanced diet and being sedentary.

Tips for Better Sleep

Sleep well improves mood, memory, prevents disease and makes you live longer. Here's how to improve those key times of your day:

1. Position

The best sleeping position is on the side. This is the only way to align the spine and leave the muscles completely relaxed. Choose a pillow with height equal to the distance between the neck and the outside of the arm.

2. Mattress

Neither too soft nor too firm. This is the ideal mattress for a good night's sleep. Prefer the latexes, which tend to fit better around the body, relieving pressure points.

3. Relax

Do not worry about the room. Control anxiety and go to bed only when you feel calm. A warm bath can help.

4. Turn off everything

Television, computer and any other electronic device should be turned off at bedtime. The light of these devices delays the production of substances responsible for warning the body that it is time to sleep.

5. Time Spent

Trying to sleep at the same time every day educates your body to feel sleepy. Take a warm bath first and, if you do not feel sleepy, take a relaxing reading to bed. Avoid turning on the television, and if you are listening to music, opt for a relaxing, lower volume track.


Urinary tract infection may be more complicated in certain clinical settings

Urinary tract infection may be more complicated in certain clinical settings

Urinary tract infections in men and women, with different symptoms, with variable morbidity, and may even be the cause of mortality in extreme situations. The main cause of UTI is bacterial infections, usually bacteria found in our digestive tract. Escherichia coli is the main culprit for UTI, causing 85% of nosocomial infections and 50% of nosocomial infections.

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Obesity may increase risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Obesity may increase risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Eating habits and excess weight may be related to the risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, says a study by the Harvard School of Public Health in the United States. Researchers have found that the causes of the disease are still poorly understood, but the study has shown that good nutrition and weight management help with prevention.

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