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28th May, 2017
Maintaining good sleep hygiene is important for health and well-being

Sleeping is a part of our day to day living, but not everybody is aware of what comprises a good sleep hygiene and its importance in terms of health. Maintaining healthy sleep hygiene is essential for over-all health and well-being.
 
Evidence has shown the association of poor sleep quality with common diseases such as obesity, depression, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Sleep deprivation also contributes to stress in relationships, decreased performance at school and work, accidental injuries, memory and cognitive impairment and a poor quality of life.
 
A new study reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association says that sleeping less than 6 hours was associated with 2.1 times higher risk of death due to heart disease or stroke in people with metabolic syndrome, especially in those who had high blood pressure or poor glucose metabolism. While, those who those with metabolic syndrome who had more than 6 hours of sleep time were about 1.49 times more likely to die of stroke. The risk factors clustered together as metabolic syndrome included body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 and raised total cholesterol, blood pressure, fasting blood sugar and triglycerides.
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New Delhi, 27 May 2017: In continuation of its intensive month-long campaign against various issues faced by the medical fraternity, the IMA has urged the government for a uniform MBBS examination instead of NEXT. The introduction of NEXT has already been mooted as the centre turning a blind eye to some harsh realities in medical education such as inadequate infrastructure in medical colleges, insufficient academic facilities, and faculty shortage. The test was introduced as a substitute to three tests, including NEET for postgraduate admissions, recruitment for central health services, and the foreign graduate medical examination.

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