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Scientists have found a solution to sleepless, anxiety ridden nights. A new study revealed that yoga music has a positive impact on our mood and can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

There have been many nights where we spend hours tossing, turning and wishing we could just doze off peacefully.

As time whizzes by we become increasingly aware of how little sleep we’re going to get which makes us feel even more anxious.

149 people took part in the study. The participants listened to three types of music before going to bed. Firstly they listened to soothing yoga music. Secondly, they listened to pop music with steady beats and during the final session they didn’t listen to anything.

The group revealed that they felt more uplifted and at ease after listening to the yoga music. The study also found that their anxiety levels were lower too.

Speaking of the impact music has on the mind and body, study author Dr Naresh Sen explained that music has a positive impact on your heart rate

Listening to soothing music before bedtime is a cheap and easy-to-implement therapy that cannot cause harm,” he said.

Due to the small number of participants in this study, he said they want to further their research: “This is a small study, and more research is needed on the cardiovascular effects of music interventions offered by a trained music therapist."

He added: “Science may have not always agreed, but Indians have long believed in the power of various therapies other than medicines as a mode of treatment for ailments.”

We’ll certainly try out this technique to help us get a good night’s rest.
 

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Look, we’ve all been there at 4 o’clock in the morning standing outside McDonalds with two paper bags in hand and attempting to count some coppers to make sure you’ve got enough cash to get yourself home.

A commonly asked question around the world on a Saturday night is ‘food or a taxi home?’

There’s nothing to feel guilty about, because apparently there’s a scientific explanation.

Alcohol is a depressant. Meaning: even if you took an ‘eat clean feel mean and lean’ approach to your eating habits all week, after a few cocktails with pals on a Saturday night you’re inclined to not give a crap about the diet and eat two pizza slices at once.

“By increasing the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), people when highly intoxicated may engage in behaviours that they would normally do when sober,” Dr. Mike Fenster, author of Fallacy of the Calorie said. “These can run the gamut from violent or sexually flirtatious behaviours to less immediately destructive impulsive and risk-taking behaviours.”

Basically, scientific research proves that after a late night you are chemically wired to want all of the BLT sandwiches with extra cheese you can get your hands on. It’s not actually even your fault!

 

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Alcohol tricks your stomach into wanting all of the food you can imagine.

“Several studies have shown short-term stimulation of appetite by alcohol ingestion,” Dr. Fenster said.

Alcohol messes with your appetite control and boosts your hunger levels, apparently. Unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot you can do to avoid the affects unless you’re willing to cut out alcohol completely.

“Whatever the exact mechanism, the result is that when you get drunk alcohol storms your Bastille of inhibitions and sets loose those hard-wired, instinctive and pleasure filled behaviors. And when it comes to food, those rioters are the salty, sweet and fatty treats,” says Dr Fenster.

All things in moderation seems to be the key to success, but hey, at least we know it’s not completely our fault we ate 3 Big Macs and an entire tub of ice-cream last weekend. Blame it on the alcohol. 

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