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Trouble falling asleep? These 5 tips will help you slip into snooze mode with ease

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Having trouble falling asleep and frustrated with lying awake in bed? It could be because of stress and anxiety. Too much stress not only disturbs your sleep cycle but has a long-lasting impact on your well-being too. Getting good quality sleep at night is necessary as it helps to perk you up in the morning and enables you to perform daily tasks more effectively.

Here are five tips to a get a good night’s sleep:

* Maintain a particular sleeping and waking time every day and follow it as a ritual. Any disturbance in your regular sleep pattern can lead to health issues.

* Avoid any kind of stimulants like tea, coffee and cold drinks before going to sleep. You can have at least 5 hours before going to bed.

* Naps usually last for 30 to 45 minutes and that should be avoided as they make you feel more tired and compromise your ability to fall asleep at night. Make sure you are tired enough before going to bed.

* Have a wholesome dinner rich in proteins and carbohydrates. But wait for two hours before hitting the sack otherwise it can slow down metabolism and lead to weight gain.

* Practice deep breathing before going to bed as it directly prevents the effects of stress on the body. For this, breathe in through your nose and hold it for a few seconds, and then breathe out. Repeat this a few times and you’ll notice how it calms your senses.

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If You Want To Lose Weight, Eat This Much Protein Daily

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An avid diet plan follower would know how important proteins are. Proteins are nutrients which are not only important for building muscles, but are extremely important for weight loss.

However, it is important to know the right quantity of protein you must have every day. Because of its appetite controlling properties, a person might think that eating lots of protein will speed up weight loss. However, this does not stand true in as creating a balance of all nutrients is important to keep you healthy.

How protein you should eat every day to lose weight?

Studies have mentioned that people who consume 25 to 30% of their calories from lean protein are likely to lose more body fat. It may also help in burning more calories when at rest.

Overweight and obese women who include more proteins and dairy in their diet have been found to lose more body fat and gain lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass burns more calories even when the body is at rest.

However, consumption of too many calories, even in the form of protein, will make you gain weight.

How much protein you should eat with exercise?

Of course, weight loss cannot be achieved without physical activity. And, proteins are a must for people who exercise. In fact, athletes need more protein than typical dieters. According to VeryWellFit, a person who is on food diets regularly needs 0.8 to 1 gm of protein per kg of body weight. People who exercise heavily, nearly 10 to 12 hours in a week, can increase protein intake by 1.2 to 1.7 gm of protein per kg of their body weight.

Do you need protein supplements?

Well, ideally, you should focus on including protein in your diet through food sources.

Food sources of protein

Following are the food sources of protein which can easily make up for your daily recommended intake of protein for weight loss

1. Eggs

2. Nuts

3. Chicken

4. Dairy products

5. Soy

6. Seafood

7. Nut butters

8. Beans

9. Tuna

10. Sunflower seeds

11. Sardines

12. Lentils

13. Oats

14. Amaranth

15. Pumpkin seeds

All of the aforementioned foods are nutritious, healthy and can help you gain muscle and lose weight.

As far as you are consuming them in the right quantities, you are getting sufficient protein along with other nutrients like calcium, iron, niacin and thiamin. You don’t need protein supplements unless it is recommended to you by your doctor.

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Less sleep may lead to poor diet, obesity in kids

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Insufficient sleep duration in children may be associated with poor diet, obesity and more screen time, a study warns.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, shows that less sleep was linked to unhealthy dietary habits such as skipping breakfast, fast-food consumption and consuming sweets regularly. Insufficient sleep duration also was associated with increased screen time and being overweight/obese, researchers said.

“Approximately 40 percent of schoolchildren in the study slept less than recommended,” said Labros Sidossis from Rutgers University in the US. “Insufficient sleeping levels were associated with poor dietary habits, increased screen time and obesity in both genders,” Sidossis said. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that children six to 12 years of age should sleep nine to 12 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health. Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep eight to 10 hours.

Population data were derived from a school-based health survey completed in Greece by 177,091 children (51 percent male) between the ages of 8 and 17 years. Dietary habits, usual weekday and weekend sleeping hours, physical activity status, and sedentary activities were assessed through electronic questionnaires completed at school. Children who reported that they usually sleep fewer than nine hours per day, and adolescents sleeping fewer than eight hours per day, were classified as having insufficient sleep.

A greater proportion of males than females (42.3 percent versus 37.3 percent) and of children compared with adolescents (42.1 percent versus 32.8 percent) reported insufficient sleep duration. Adolescents with an insufficient sleep duration also had lower aerobic fitness and physical activity. “The most surprising finding was that aerobic fitness was associated with sleep habits,” said Sidossis.

“In other words, better sleep habits were associated with better levels of aerobic fitness. We can speculate that adequate sleep results in higher energy levels during the day,” he said. “Therefore, children who sleep well are maybe more physically active during the day and hence have a higher aerobic capacity,” said Sidossis.

The researchers noted that the results support the development of interventions to help students improve sleep duration. “Insufficient sleep duration among children constitutes an understated health problem in Westernised societies,” he said.

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Parents, Make Your Child Have A Bedtime Routine For Healthy BMI Later

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Is your child facing trouble in sleeping? If so, parents take note. Regular and sufficient sleep from early childhood may be important for gaining healthy body weight in adolescence, suggests a new study.

The study revealed that those who had no bedtime routine at age nine had shorter self-reported sleep duration and higher body mass index (BMI) at age 15, when compared to those children with age-appropriate bedtimes.

“We think sleep affects physical and mental health, and the ability to learn,” said Orfeu Buxton, Professor from the University of Pennsylvania in the US.

“Parenting practices in childhood affect physical health and BMI in the teenage years. Developing a proper routine in childhood is crucial for the future health of the child,” Buxton added.

Previous studies have shown that poor sleep can affect academic performance, as well as contribute to death and cases of heart disease and stroke.

For the study, researchers analysed 2,196 children.

The findings, published in the journal SLEEP, showed that one-third of children consistently adhered to age-appropriate bedtimes for ages five to nine.

Bedtime should provide enough of a “window” for the child to get an appropriate amount of sleep, even if the child does not fall asleep right away, said Buxton.

Future family interventions may need to include parental education about sleep health, particularly focusing on parents with low income and low education, Lee said, adding the need for research in childhood sleep behaviour and weight in later life.

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