November 14, 2012

Fall Asleep; Stay Asleep

1 Ten Minute Tension Tamer Aids Sleep Quality

A 10 minute stress reduction technique helped sleep quality in study participants finds research from Walter Reed Nat’l. Military Med. Ctr. The technique involves slow, deep breathing and invoking pleasant visual imagery. The study involved 135 men and 199 women with military backgrounds. Some had post-traumatic stress disorder. After completing questionnaires to assess perceived stress and sleep histories, participants were taught the technique and were coached in practicing it. They were then asked to retake the surveys. 65% of participants reported less stress and a significant improvement in quality and quantity of sleep while 34% reported heightened stress. While stress reduction is beneficial, say researchers, you have to understand the cause of stress before you can eliminate it.

More at Http://health.usnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Tags: Insomnia, Stress Reduction, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Tension Tamer, Ten Minute Tension Tamer, Sleep Quality, Better Sleep

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Low Glycemic Index

2 Pistachios May Help Blood Sugar Control

Diet is a huge component in keeping blood sugar levels under control for those with Type 2 diabetes. Snacking appropriately can further help by preventing overeating (helping with weight control) and adding nutrients the body needs to function appropriately. Nuts may be a good choice for those with diabetes as they have a low glycemic index, therefore preventing spikes in blood sugar. A preliminary study from the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition has found that pistachio nuts in particular can help slow the glucose release of other foods eaten at the same time, such as rice and pasta. Pistachios are low-calorie, low-fat nuts that are also good sources of protein and offer nutrients like dietary fiber, potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin B6 and thiamin.

More at PR Newswire | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

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Tags: Diabetes, Glycemic Index, Pistachio Nuts, Pistachios, Type 2 Diabetes

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