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Poor sleep can increase heart disease risk in women

Women who took longer to fall asleep had higher caloric intake and ate more food by weight, the researchers said.

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New York, Feb 17: Women who sleep poorly tend to overeat and consume a lower-quality diet, say researchers, adding that poor sleep quality can increase the risk of heart disease and obesity.

Previous studies have shown that people who get less sleep are more likely to develop obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease–and that the relationship may be partially explained by diet.

The current study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, was designed to get a more comprehensive picture in women by examining associations between overall diet quality and multiple aspects of sleep quality.

“Women are particularly prone to sleep disturbances across the life span, because they often shoulder the responsibilities of caring for children and family and, later, because of menopausal hormones,” said Indian-origin researcher and study senior author Brooke Aggarwal from Columbia University Vagelos.

For the findings, the researchers analysed the sleep and eating habits of an ethnically diverse group of 495 women, ages 20 to 76.

The study looked at sleep quality, the time it took to fall asleep, and insomnia.

The women also reported on the types and amounts of foods they typically eat throughout the year, allowing researchers to measure their typical dietary patterns.

Similar to previous studies of sleep and diet, the study found that those with worse overall sleep quality consumed more of the added sugars associated with obesity and diabetes.

Women who took longer to fall asleep had higher caloric intake and ate more food by weight, the researchers said.

And women with more severe insomnia symptoms consumed more food by weight and fewer unsaturated fats than women with milder insomnia.

“Our interpretation is that women with poor-quality sleep could be overeating during subsequent meals and making more unhealthy food choices,” said Aggarwal.

“Poor sleep quality may lead to excessive food and calorie intake by stimulating hunger signals or suppressing signals of fullness,” said study lead author Faris Zuraikat.

“Fullness is largely affected by the weight or volume of food consumed, and it could be that women with insomnia consume a greater amount of food in an effort to feel full,” Zuraikat added.

“However, it’s also possible that poor diet has a negative impact on women’s sleep quality, eating more could also cause gastrointestinal discomfort, for instance, making it harder to fall asleep or remain asleep,” Zuraikat concluded.

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World Rum Day: Diageo brings you cocktail recipes

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New Delhi, July 11 : Celebrating World Rum Day, here are some exciting cocktail recipes you can try at home, infused with ingredients straight from the kitchen, curtesy Diageo.

Khatta Meetha

Ingredients:

  • Captain Morgan Original Rum 45 ml
  • Tamarind Juice 25 ml
  • Ginger Honey Syrup 15 ml
  • Soda Top Up

Method

  • Pick all the ingredients on the list and build it up in a Collins glassware
  • Garnish
  • Top it up with soda and some ginger strips
  • Glassware: Collins
  • The Khatta Meetha is best served with spicy appetizers- Indian or Oriental

Captain Kaapi

Ingredients:

  • Captain Morgan Original Rum 45 ml
  • Black Coffee 45 ml
  • Hazelnut Syrup 20 ml

Method

  • Shake all ingredients well in a shaker and pour it into a martini glassware
  • Garnish
  • Garnish with some coffee beans!
  • Glassware: Martini/Coupe

Fireman

We love our spice, don”t we? Douse those flames with this ice cool Captain”s flavour.

Ingredients:

  • Captain Morgan Original Rum 45 ml
  • Passion Fruit Syrup 10 ml
  • Lime Juice 10 ml
  • Orange Juice 30 ml
  • Grenadine 1 dash

Method

Shake all the ingredients well in a shaker and pour the contents into a hurricane glassware

  • Garnish
  • Mint sprig and some orange slices
  • Glassware: Hurricane

Curry Ru(m)sam

Got some extra curry leaves after making your daal tadka? Throw in some in this cocktail!

Ingredients:

  • Captain Morgan Original Rum 45 ml
  • Curry Leaves 5 – 6 nos
  • Pineapple Chunks 4 – 5 nos
  • Pineapple Juice 45 ml
  • Lime Juice 10 ml
  • Sugar Syrup 10 ml

Method

  • Muddle and shake all the ingredients well in a shaker and pour it into a wine glass
  • Garnish
  • Throw in some curry leaves
  • Glassware: Wine Glass
  • Captain Tea
  • Glassware: Tea Cup: Ingredients:
  • Captain Morgan Original Rum 45 ml
  • Black Masala Tea 60 ml
  • Cream 15 ml
  • Chocolate Syrup 10 ml

Method

  • Shake all the ingredients well in a shaker and pour it into a tea cup
  • Garnish
  • Top it off with some Parle G biscuits!

Captain Morgan Melon Drama

Ingredients:

  • 45 ml Captain Morgan Original Rum
  • 4 to 5 Musk Melon chunks
  • 30 ml Orange juice
  • 10 ml Lime juice
  • 10 ml Sugar syrup

Method:

  • Combine Captain Morgan Original Rum, orange juice, sugar syrup, musk melon chunks puree and lime juice in a shaker
  • Shake for 10 seconds
  • Strain into an ice filled mug
  • Garnish with bits of Musk Melon

Treat yourself! Happy World Rum Day

(IANSlife Features can be contacted at [email protected])

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SC agrees to examine plea on ashrams run by fake babas

The petitioner cited the case of ”Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya” at Rohini in Delhi, where his daughter had stayed for nearly five years. Following complaints from many girl inmates, this ”ashram” was raided by a court-appointed panel.

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New Delhi, July 8 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to examine a petition that sought a direction to the Centre to close down the ”ashrams” and spiritual centres run by fake ”babas” who it claimed kept hundreds of women inmates in unhygienic conditions that could potentially lead to Covid-19 outbreak.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre: “Look into this — what can be done. This gives a bad name to everyone.”

The bench asked the petitioner to serve a copy of the petition to the Solicitor General”s office. The top court sought Mehta”s views on the matter and posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.

Petitioner Dumpala Ramreddy, a resident of Secunderabad said: “Though very serious criminal cases were registered against Veerendra Dev Dixit, Asaram Bapu, Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh baba etc… their ashrams are still being run with the help of their close associates and authorities are not verifying the facilities available there.”

The plea urged the apex court to direct the authorities concerned to frame guidelines in setting up of ”ashrams”, and other spiritual entities in the country.

The petition filed through advocate Sravan Kumar contended that authorities had failed to crack down against fake ”babas” who were allegedly luring innocent people, especially women.

The petitioner alleged that scores of women were forced to stay in the ”ashrams” and given narcotics.

The petitioner cited the case of ”Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya” at Rohini in Delhi, where his daughter had stayed for nearly five years. Following complaints from many girl inmates, this ”ashram” was raided by a court-appointed panel.

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Can you imagine mental trauma of students, HC asks Delhi University

“So far, 1.58 lakh students have registered for the online examination,” the varsity’s dean of Examination submitted before the court.

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New Delhi, July 8 : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Delhi University to clarify whether there would be a change in the schedule of the online Open Book Examinations which are slated to commence from July 10.

While passing the said directions, a single judge bench of the high court presided by Justice Pratibha M. Singh remarked: “Can you imagine the mental trauma of a student, how can you expect them to prepare like this?”

The remarks came after the officials of the Delhi University sought more to time to respond to the query of the court regarding any change in the date sheet and schedule of the examinations.

During the course of the hearing, through its counsel Sachin Dutta and Dean Examinations Vinay Gupta, Delhi University told the bench that since the situation is extraordinary, a tentative schedule can only be given.

“Evaluation of papers would begin from August first week and would continue till mid-September and the declaration of results would be done within the said month,” the Delhi University told the court adding that the degree would be immediately available at the time of declaration of results and it would be uploaded online so that students can download it, except in some PG courses where the process is done manually.

In order to show its preparations for the examinations, the varsity informed the court that during the mock tests conducted by it, 4.86 lakh papers have been downloaded and attempted which shows that the students are able to attempt the paper. It was further submitted by the DU that 4.68 lakh files have been uploaded.

The DU further informed the court that there are around 2.45 lakh students who are studying in the final year of the varsity, out of which 1.86 lakh belongs to Delhi and 59,000 students are from outside the national capital.

“So far, 1.58 lakh students have registered for the online examination,” the varsity’s dean of Examination submitted before the court.

Professor Gupta stated that date sheets have already been uploaded on the website and in the online exams, in case the varsity”s portal is not accessible, question papers will be emailed to the students.

If any student is unable to upload the answer sheets due to technical snag, they can also email it to the university and the window will be open for 30 minutes after the exams time is over. Moreover, after the said time limit concludes, a committee will examine the technical glitch and decide whether to accept the answer sheets or not, the DU told the bench.

The court was hearing a petition filed by one Anupam and several students of the final year of the Delhi University seeking cancellation of the examinations in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The plea sought quashing and withdrawal of the notifications of May 14, May 30, June 27 in respect of undergraduate and postgraduate students, including students of the School of Open Learning and Non-Collegiate Women Education Board.

“… the UGC and the Central Government, ought to also bear in mind that the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in enormous mental distress and agony to students. There are families which are suffering medical illnesses and giving of examinations is not just a technological issue but the state of mental preparedness of the students also needs to be assessed,” said the court on Monday.

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