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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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One Night of Sleep Deprivation Leads to Increased Food Purchases

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

When you have been sleep deprived for just one night, you are more likely to experience a greater hunger for food the following day. You will also be subject to impulsive food buying, according to a new study out of Sweden.

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A study by the Obesity Society, which was published in the Journal of Obesity, found that there were higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that increases hunger, in those who had been sleep deprived for a day. Those who had gotten a full night’s sleep had much lower levels of ghrelin.

In the study, the researchers hypothesized that there would be an impact on higher functioning decisions and self-control when shopping for food at a supermarket. Those who were sleep deprived would feel this impact and therefore be more likely to make calorie driven food choices while shopping.

The study indeed found that the sleep deprived subjects purchased more calories and grams of food than they did after having a full night’s sleep. Despite the subjects having a standardized breakfast before shopping during their sleep deprived state and their normal state, the grocery shopping done while sleep deprived resulted in a +9% and +18% increase in purchase of calories and grams of food, respectively.

We’ve heard many times that sleep deprivation is linked to weight gain. This study shows how poor sleep translates into high calorie food purchases, which is a key part in the cycle.

Need to lose weight? Focus on getting better sleep. Here’s how:

It’s easy to suggest sleeping better, but very difficult to pull off if you are the one lying in bed at night, tossing and turning. When your busy mind has a mind of it’s own, it is not necessarily open to suggestion.

This is why you may benefit from learning about your brain’s Default Mode Network (DMN).

The Default Mode Network is the area in the brain that is responsible for ‘self-referential thoughts’ (autopilot thinking). When you are not consciously engaged, your default mode activates. This is when the brain generates thoughts and feelings on its own. When you lie in bed …


Is Second Hand Stress Killing You? Science Proves Stress Is Contagious

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Second hand stressIf you’ve ever felt more stressed out after being around a stressed out person, you are not alone.

A study conducted by the departments of Tania Singer at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and Clemens Kirschbaum at the Technische Universitat Dresden has found that simply observing someone in a stressful situation can trigger stress responses in your own body.

Stress is responsible for a number of health issues in today’s society, and can be linked to anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders. This new finding has significant implications, as even the most relaxed person comes into contact with stressed individuals frequently.

During the test, subjects were asked to complete difficult mathematical problems and interviews while performance was assessed by behavioral analysts. During the test, only five percent of the subjects were able to maintain their calm, the others experienced a significant increase in the levels of cortisol in their blood.


Common Form of Expression Doubles Risk of Death

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

imagesEveryone argues from time to time, whether it is with friends, family, or neighbors. While these arguments can be stressful, few people think about the health risks that may be involved if they continue to engage in these arguments. A new study has found that arguing with others frequently may increase the risk of early death.

The study was conducted by a research team from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. In the past, similar studies have indicated that good social relationships with others can have a positive effect on a patient’s health and well-being. In this study, Dr. Rikke Lund and his team hoped to expand on this previous research and determine whether or not stressful social relationships could call early mortality.

Published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, the study analyzed 9,875 women and men between the ages of 36 and 52. These individuals had participated in the Danish Longitudinal Study on Work, Unemployment and Health. They were questioned on their everyday social relationships, focusing particularly on those relationships that caused worry or conflict. They then tracked the health of the participants from 2000 to 2011 using the Danish Cause of Death Registry.


Children Become the Negative Names They Are Called

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

A new study confirms what many skilled NLP practitioners have known for a long, long time.

how to overcome shameCalling a child a negative name (regardless of your intention) increases the likelihood that he or she will become that very thing.

For example, a new study conducted by psychologists at UCLA has shown that girls who are called fat by close relatives, friends, classmates or teachers before age 10 are more likely to become obese later in life.

The study examined 2,379 girls living in Washington, D.C., Northern California and Cincinnati. 58 percent of those girls reported being told that they were too fat at or before age 10. Girls were weighed and had their height measured at the beginning of the study, and again nine years later. The study found that the girls who had been told they were fat were 1.66 times more likely to be obese at age 19.


Common, Baffling Mental Habit Linked to Depression

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

mental habit depressionResearch has shown that those suffering with depression display a common yet self-sabotaging mind habit. This habit prevents them from feeling and enjoying the positive emotions that are available naturally throughout the course of a day.

A new study conducted by KU Leuven suggests that those with depression (in this case, postpartum women) experienced normal potential for positive emotions. Yet, they had a habit of suppressing those positive emotions.


Research Reveals Simple Solution for Couples Who Argue

Monday, April 28th, 2014

imagesHow often do you find yourself snapping at one of your friends, colleagues or loved ones? Is it usually over something you wouldn’t find annoying, and can it usually be put down to just having a bad day or being stressed out?

You might just need something to eat. A recent study showed that couples can really struggle to get along in each other’s company the minute one of them needs something to eat.

With low blood sugar levels, we become easily agitated and bring our problems out in a more erratic or even violent way is much more likely if we are dealing with fatigue and hunger pangs!

By using voodoo dolls as a way to gauge the reaction of spouses when they were hungry, it’s very interesting to see what the results actually show. You can read the full study here.


Research: Women Love More but Still Feel Less Than

Friday, April 11th, 2014

woman low self-esteemHow do women who work so hard at relationships end up feeling less than? It’s a vicious cycle that is so important to understand. Read the evidence from a recent study, then learn how to cycle works to keep you down regardless of your efforts.

A new study conducted by Dr. Chris Bale of the University of Huddersfield has found that women who felt less desirable than their husbands work harder at keeping their spouse happy. Dr. Bale presented his findings at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in April of 2013.


Happy Marriage Depends on the Husband’s Attitude

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

husband's attitudeA team of researchers from the University of Chicago has discovered that in longer marriages, the health and personality of the husband may be crucial to avoiding conflict and maintaining happiness.

The study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family surveyed older adults who were participating in the National Social Life Health and Aging Project and compared the characteristics of husbands and wives between the ages of 63 and 90 years old whose marriages had lasted an average of 39 years.

The study discovered that when the husband showed a higher level of positivity, the wife in a couple reported less marital conflict.  Interestingly, positivity levels had no effect on their husbands’ reports of conflict.

According to Professor of Urban Sociology and director of the Center on Aging at NORC Linda J. Waite, the conflicts examined by the study primarily revolved around whether a spouse makes too many demands of their partner, perpetually criticizes the other, or gets on the others nerves.


Four Sources of Disease-Causing Psychological Inflammation

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

psychological inflammationMost in the conventional and alternative health communities accept that chronic, underlying inflammation is a root cause of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s/dementia, various forms of arthritis and even heart disease and cancer.

Results of medical research have been widely published. If you’re even mildly concerned about your health, then preventing chronic inflammation should be a priority in your life.

What causes inflammation? Most experts agree that lack of exercise and a toxic diet contribute to chronic inflammation, but there is another well-substantiated yet overlooked cause. I call it psychological inflammation.

What is Psychological Inflammation and How Does it Cause Disease?

Women’s Health Magazine published a reader-friendly definition of inflammation:


 

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