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Poor teens who feel positively about their community may be protected from some of the damaging effects of poverty on mental health, according to new research on teenagers living in impoverished neighborhoods around the world.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health surveyed 2,400 low-income adolescents (ages 15 to 19) in five cities: Baltimore, Maryland; New Delhi, India; Ibadan, Nigeria; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Shanghai, China. Their findings were published in five reports that made up a special supplement to the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Researchers asked the young people how they felt about their physical environment and whether they felt they had positive adult role models to offer social support. Teens were also asked about health issues they faced, including mental health problems like depression. They reported issues like teen pregnancy, violence, depression, post-traumatic stress, HIV and suicide attempts.

While the teens came from around the world, the researchers found that the relative wealth of their home countries was not correlated with better mental health outcomes. Rather, a combination of having positive adult role models and a favorable perception of their neighborhood made a teen more likely to report better mental health.

In Baltimore, for example, teens did not feel safe, even in their homes. They also reported seeing violence in their neighborhood and felt they lacked positive adult role models. Baltimore respondents reported high levels of depressive symptoms, including post-traumatic stress and thoughts of suicide.

In comparison, despite rampant poverty in India, the adolescents in the study from New Delhi felt safe in their homes and weren’t exposed to much violence. These teens reported lower levels of depression than the other teens surveyed.

“If there is nobody giving you positive support, and then you look outside and there are rats and garbage — it’s those two layers just reinforcing each other,” said Kristin Mmari, an assistant professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School and a co-author of the study. “Does anybody care about me? They look out their windows. They are afraid. They don’t feel safe. It’s that combination of factors that is affecting them.”

“I think it’s not so much the country income level, it’s really the environment. What neighborhood are you living in? How do you perceive that neighborhood?” Mmari said.

In the graph below, respondents ranked how they felt about their community’s physical environment, considering factors like inadequate sanitation, overcrowded buildings and violence levels. Adolescents from Shanghai and Ibadan gave their communities more favorable ratings, while adolescents from New Delhi and Johannesburg gave their neighborhoods low rankings.

According to a female respondent from Johannesburg:

The thing is that where we stay, you will hear a person screaming from being beaten up in the middle of the night and there is also break-ins.

A male respondent from Baltimore reported similar violence:

There ain’t nowhere to be safe, tell you the truth. All I’m saying is it’s not even safe to even walk around by yourself at a certain time, even though you don’t have a curfew. It’s not. Three years I got banked [beaten] so many times it doesn’t make no damn sense.

The graph below maps social cohesion, or how connected each individual felt to his or her community. Adolescents in Baltimore and Johannesburg ranked their level of social cohesion lower than adolescents in the other cities, listing a lack of community involvement and dearth of positive adult role models in their lives as reasons they didn’t feel connected.

According to a female respondent from Baltimore:

A lot of the parents are out here on drugs. So, the kids are being raised by themselves.

A Johannesburg respondent reported a similar lack of adult guidance:

We find that most of them are coming from single headed families where there is only one parent and the other party is not there. So they are very vulnerable.

Researchers found that a combination of these two key factors — physical environment and social environment — could be affecting the mental health of the adolescent respondents. In the graph below, respondents from Johannesburg and female respondents from Baltimore reported experiencing high levels of depressive symptoms. According to Mmari, in neighborhoods where both physical environment and social environments are considered poor, negative health outcomes become much more prevalent.

“[Baltimore and Johannesburg] had the highest percentage of adolescents growing up without two parents, and in the qualitative findings, they talked about not having a whole lot of positive adults in their lives. In addition, adolescents in those two sites were more likely to rate their physical environment as very poor,” Mmari said. “The interaction that these two domains have with each other is really important.”

These findings, however, only represent the youth experience in one neighborhood per city, and can’t necessarily be extrapolated to represent the experience of poor young people on a city-wide level. Mmari said she this is one of the limitations of the study. “What I would love to do is have more neighborhoods in each of these cities,” she said. “How do these neighborhoods vary? In turn, how do their health outcomes vary, within the same city?”

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/26/mental-health-poor-teens_n_6212406.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living

Turkey Trot promotes healthy living

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Approximately 25 people gathered Saturday, Nov. 22, at Willow Creek Park for the 22nd Annual Lamar 5k Turkey Trot.

The participants were vying for turkeys donated by Safeway and followed a course that went from the park, across the bridge on Veterans Memorial Drive to the hospital then back to the starting line by the pool.

In the early 20th century, the Turkey Trot was a dance set to fast ragtime music.

This group of serious runners are health conscious and follow the current use of the trot, which is to mitigate the large number of calories traditionally consumed on Thanksgiving.

“You work it off before you eat,” Parks and Recreation Director Rick Akers said.

No members of the City Council participated in the trot.

“We always expect them,” Akers said. “Whether they show or not I don’t know.”

Healthy Places also sponsored the event.

“We have some goody bags,” he said. “This is something to promote active living.”

Contestant Bill Kisamore admitted to having knee trouble, but said running is part of his everyday life.

“My wife Leilanie and I run six days a week, between three and seven miles each day,” he said. “This isn’t a long enough run to carbo-out. If we were running a half-marathon race instead of a 5 k today, well then maybe.”

Breakfast was light for the 5k.

“I had a piece of toast and a cup of coffee,” Kisamore said.

A serious accident led to his exercise regimen.

“I was run over by a motorcycle,” he said. “It wiped out my knees.”

Stretching, he said, is very important before he runs.

“My wife and I ran down to Loaf and Jug before the race,” he said.

He did not like his chances for victory but said running is about the exercise.

“My wife might win,” he said.

Bill finished second in his category.

Leilanie said she had been running on a regular basis for about four years.

“We don’t talk a lot when we are running because he is always ahead of me,” she said. “We didn’t do a lot of stretching. Down to Loaf and Jug and then back and we’ll call it good.”

Part of her running equipment includes music headphones.

“I listen to Christian rock,” she said.

The couple does get competitive.

“That happens from time to time, but we run for fun,” she said.

She called the Turkey Trot a fun race.

“Local races are nice to have,” she said. “It’s nice to get up and out of the house.”

Emily Bohl was one of the youngest competitors and said she loves to run.

“I had pancakes for breakfast,” she said. “I am probably not going to set the pace.”

Her coach, Matt Snyder said she will set the pace.

“I am not going to set the pace,” he said.

Jeff Snyder finished first in the male 15 and under bracket, followed by Drew Durst and Josh Snyder.

Alex Wilcox took the honors in the 20-25 competition, followed by Mark Windsor.

Males 36-39 were led by Kermit Snyder, followed by Kevin Nelson and Nick Durst.

Kermit Snyder had the fastest time of the day, 18:43.

Bryce Higel led the way in the 40 and over men’s division with Bill Kisamore finishing second and Matt Snyder coming in third.

In the women’s division, Emily Bohl won the 13 and under competition.

Janet Bowen won the 25-28 age group, with Kayla Tefertiller and Courtney Waman finishing third.

Women over 32 were led by Katie Appel, followed by Maria Gomez and Leilanie Kisamore.

No turkeys ran in the race.

Chris Frost: 719-336-2266, editor@lamarledger.com

Article source: http://www.lamarledger.com/news/ci_27011994/turkey-trot-promotes-healthy-living

Healthy Living: Make sure to maintain moderation during holiday season

Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2014 8:00 am

Healthy Living: Make sure to maintain moderation during holiday season

By Dylan Allen/Special to The Stillwater News Press

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We’ve all heard the saying “moderation in all things” before. Unfortunately “the holidays” normally mean excess.

Excess demands on our time, excess eating, not sleeping enough, not exercising, more time shopping, more time cooking, all resulting in stress and unhealthy choices.

The fact remains that the holidays, while often enjoyable, add a lot to our plates. This makes it difficult to maintain a healthy balance in our individual lives between eating, exercising, working, spending time with family, etc.

The big excess most of the folks I see are concerned about this time of year is the feasting.

I will be the first one to tell anyone that they should enjoy the food they are eating and in no way should feel guilty about it. That just leads to an unhealthy relationship with your food.

However, I do suggest they enjoy their favorite dishes in moderation. I love cheesecake, but I don’t eat a whole one at every meal.

Using portion control will allow you to enjoy your food more because you aren’t feeling guilty about it and you will feel better afterward when you aren’t uncomfortably full. Don’t be the one saying “Why did you let me eat so much?”

Social obligations, whether family, friends, or coworkers, all seem to add up around the holidays.

We all have social obligations that have to be met, but we also have the opportunity to limit the number of events we commit to.

The holidays are all about spending time with your family, but that doesn’t mean you need to let your family dictate your ability to live a healthy lifestyle.

You have the power to say “no” to an invitation. Use it to manage your schedule, making time to meet your social obligations, enjoy the holidays, and still make time to take care of yourself.

Don’t be afraid to use earned vacation to make the holidays an actual vacation.

If you set your own hours, make sure to make your work hours productive ones so that you are not trading “work” time for other things that are more important to you. When you do attend a social function, don’t be afraid to bring a healthy dish, or feel obligated to be inactive or unhealthy because it is a “tradition” to do so.

Make sure to still find time to take care of yourself this holiday season.

Keep being active a priority, eat a healthy diet, get enough rest, and don’t overindulge. Staying a little balanced throughout the holidays will help you not only enjoy the holidays more, but you will be healthier at the end than otherwise.

Dylan Allen is the health columist for the Stillwater News Press. He is a certified trainer at the Stillwater YMCA. Healthy Living is published every Wednesday


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20 Health ‘Tips’ You Will Hear Over The Holidays That Are Totally Wrong

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It’s flu season, and you’re starting to feel under the weather — hopefully it’s just a cold.

Even though hunger may not be on your mind, you’re convinced that a cup of chicken noodle soup is exactly what you need.

But will it make you feel better? There’s an old saying about this, but how does it go again, is it starve a fever and feed a cold, or the other way around?

There are plenty of folk sayings and “tips” about everything from staying healthy to avoiding a hangover. 

The only problem is that a lot of folk wisdom about health and nutrition is totally — or at least mostly — wrong.

Here’s the truth behind some of those health claims you’ve heard all your life, but might not hold water at all.

Bundle up or you’ll catch a cold.

Sorry mom, but being physically cold isn’t what gets you sick. There’s no evidence that going outside with wet hair when it’s freezing will make you sick — provided you avoid hypothermia.

But there is a scientifically sound explanation for why people catch more colds in winter. Because we spend more time in close quarters indoors, it is more likely that we’ll cross paths with a cold-causing virus spread from another person during the winter. 

The chemical tryptophan in turkey makes you sleepy.

Who doesn’t love the post-Thanksgiving nap? Turkey contains tryptophan after all, an amino acid that is a component of some of the brain chemicals that help you relax.

But plenty of foods contain tryptophan. Cheddar cheese has even more than turkey — and cheddar is never pointed out as a sleep inducing food. Experts say that instead, the carbs, alcohol, and general size of the Turkey-day feast are the cause of those delicious holiday siestas. 

Taking your vitamins will keep you healthy.

Vitamins sound like a great idea. One pill that can provide you everything you need to be healthy!

If only they worked. Decades of research on vitamins reviews don’t find any justification for our multivitamin habit, and in some cases, vitamins have actually been associated with an increased risk of various cancers.

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5 Tips to Avoid Overindulging on Thanksgiving

Start at the healthy end of the buffet.

Thanksgiving is every dieter’s nightmare: turkey slathered in gravy, candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and buttery, calorie-laden pecan pie.

Adults gain about a pound between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they don’t lose it in January, according to experts. That means that, of the pound or two a year that adults gain as they age, half of it happens over the holidays, said Cedric Bryant, chief science officer of the nonprofit American Council on Exercise.

But never fear! We’re here to help you strategize so you can enjoy Thanksgiving without overdoing it.

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Support mounts against Indian River health textbook censorship

Residents and students continue to support the inclusion of materials defining the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered in the Indian River School District’s health curriculum.

The Monday Board of Education meeting was not as well attended as the October meeting, which drew about 100 protestors. However, this most recent meeting continued to be dominated by people speaking against board member Shaun Fink, who wants the material to be removed.

The health curriculum subcommittee has reviewed about two-thirds of the materials that could be considered controversial. At a recent meeting, officials said they would need to make a decision on the inclusion of the LGBT terms in the next few months, or else fail to meet state standards for students currently taking health class.

The most emotional speaker was Milton resident the Rev. Michael Smith, minister for the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware.

“Removing language because it refers to sexuality once again casts too many back into the shadows of misunderstanding and prejudice and bigotry. It strips many of their inherent worth and dignity. It invites bullying,” Smith said. “I don’t get it. I don’t get how any of you can sit there and look at children who are victims of such bullying, knowing that this is what’s going to happen to them unless people can talk and learn about each other.”

Smith talked about the values portrayed when Indian River High School’s color guard presented the flags and the audience said the pledge of allegiance at the start of the meeting. The district’s board would not be staying true to that promise of freedom and justice for all if they cut the LGBT material, he implied.

“We put our hands over our hearts. Some warm hearts,” he said, focusing on Fink. “Some very cold hearts.”

In September, Fink said at a health curriculum subcommittee meeting that teaching students that being gay is normal is unacceptable, and has since repeated that sentiment at multiple public meetings. Fink, pastor and founder of Cornerstone Bible Church in Millsboro, said he is motivated by his Christian faith, in addition to claims that homosexual sex carries a higher risk of sexually transmitted diseases than heterosexual sex.

Fink also opposes a portion of the curriculum on STD, HIV and pregnancy prevention, supporting abstinence-only education instead.

Fink said he was happy people are coming to the meetings.

“I’m happy people are coming out to express their views. I’m saddened by the lack of biblical knowledge,” Fink said.

The importance of the separation of church and state was also stressed during public comments. A prayer, typically offered through the public comment period at the start of each meeting, was notably missing.

“The idea that someone can be in a position of power and discriminate against a group as large as that of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and asexual community is outrageous,” Sussex Central junior Bryce Molnar said. “It not only makes the school a dangerous place for a student of the orientation to be in, but also puts that student to shame. Whatever your beliefs may be, your intentions good or bad, if they interfere with the equality amongst students, then they should not be those which influence the educational process.”

Molnar commented that “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” a book with a homosexual protagonist that drew criticism in the Cape Henlopen School District, has been removed from the Sussex Central Library.

In October, officials said a person filed a formal materials complaint with the district asking that the book be removed. The book being removed from the Sussex Central library is related to the complaint, Superintendent Susan Bunting said.

A committee examining that complaint met last week, Bunting said. LouAnn Hudson, who led the committee meeting, said she is currently writing up the committee’s findings, which will be given to Bunting, who will make a recommendation to the board at either a curriculum meeting Dec. 8 or at the next regular board meeting.

Hudson could not comment on the committee’s decision, but Bunting said she thinks they were in favor of dismissing the complaint, therefore allowing the book in the library.

“I think the recommendation of the committee was to not object to the book,” she said.

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Sleeping naked could cut your risk of diabetes

  • One in three adults sleep in the nude according to a study by U.S. experts
  • They found sleeping naked helps burn calories and improves sleep quality
  • Those who sleep naked have happier love lives and lower risk of diabetes
  • Wearing nothing to bed can help women avoid yeast infections 

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David Cameron says he wears pyjamas, Donald Duck donned a nightcap and Marilyn Monroe wore just Chanel No 5 — but what is the best thing to wear in bed?

It seems that Marilyn might have been on to something. 

One in three adults sleeps in the nude, according to an international study by the U.S. National Sleep Foundation, and it’s been shown to have all sorts of benefits.

Here, experts reveal how ditching pyjamas could improve your sleep quality, boost your relationship and may even help burn calories. 

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Some like it cool: Marilyn Monoe, pictured in 1961, famously said she wore only Chanel No 5 in bed. It seems the movie star might have been on to something

Some like it cool: Marilyn Monoe, pictured in 1961, famously said she wore only Chanel No 5 in bed. It seems the movie star might have been on to something

GOING NAKED MEANS A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Sleep experts agree it’s important to keep cool at night as your body (or ‘core’) temperature needs to drop by about half a degree for you to fall asleep. 

The brain, driven by your internal body clock, sends messages to the blood vessels to open up and release heat.

‘Your core temperature is at its highest at 11pm and its lowest at 4am,’ says Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre and author of Sound Asleep: The Expert Guide To Sleeping Well.

‘If anything prevents that decline in temperature, the brain will wake itself up to see what’s going on, meaning you’ll struggle to get to sleep or you’ll have disturbed sleep.

‘The advantage of sleeping naked is it’s easier for the body to cool and maintain the lower temperature the brain wants to achieve.’ 

Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience at the University of Oxford, says ditching nightwear may improve your slumber.

‘If you’re wearing lots of bedclothes it’s going to be more difficult to regulate your temperature, so wear the least you can get away with.’

Disrupted sleep from being too hot doesn’t just mean you’ll get less sleep overall, but it might mean less deep sleep, the most restorative type.

Deep sleep is key for memory consolidation and the production of growth hormone — important for cell repair and growth.

Why does the body cool down during sleep? 

One theory is that it evolved to do this because our ancestors in Africa would grab some rest in the afternoon, and needed to keep cool in the savanna heat.

Why sleep naked? Disrupted sleep from being too hot doesn’t just mean you’ll get less sleep overall, but it might mean less deep sleep, the most restorative type

Why sleep naked? Disrupted sleep from being too hot doesn’t just mean you’ll get less sleep overall, but it might mean less deep sleep, the most restorative type

SWAP BED SOCKS FOR A HOT WATER BOTTLE

Though it’s important not to get too hot at night, make sure you have warm hands and feet.

That’s because for your temperature to lower to the level that triggers sound sleep, your body needs to lose excess heat.

It does this by sending blood to the vessels near skin — in particular, those on the hands and feet — where heat is lost through the skin surface.

However, as Professor Foster explains, if your hands and feet are cold, the blood vessels next to the skin constrict and reduce blood flow in an effort to keep warm and stop heat escaping. 

This in turn means your core temperature won’t be able to drop so easily.

This is why people with Raynaud’s syndrome — a disorder characterised by extremely cold hands and feet (thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK, including 10 per cent of all women) are more likely to suffer with insomnia. 

The condition causes the blood vessels in the extremities to spasm, reducing blood flow, so though sufferers’ hands and feet may feel very cold, their core temperature is too high.

Older people tend to feel the cold at night, probably because circulation problems become more common.

Women are also more likely to suffer with cold hands and feet, especially at certain points in the menstrual cycle — oestrogen regulates the peripheral blood vessels in the hands and feet, and high levels can make them more sensitive to temperature.

A 2008 study by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience demonstrated the importance of body temperature in sleep.

Volunteers slept wearing thermosuits, allowing researchers to manipulate their skin temperature without altering core temperature. 

The team found that when skin temperature was raised by just 0.4°C, the volunteers were significantly less likely to wake in the night.

In elderly volunteers, the effect was pronounced: the 0.4°C rise almost doubled the proportion of deep sleep and decreased the risk of waking too early from 50 per cent to four per cent.

Warming the skin caused blood vessels in the extremities to widen, so heat could be lost more easily. 

‘They promoted sleep by raising skin temperature, allowing heat to flow from the middle of the body and the core temperature to fall slightly,’ says Professor Foster.

In other words, to fall asleep easily, you need to be warm enough that your blood vessels won’t constrict, but not so hot that your body can’t cool down.

To ensure body temperature drops sufficiently, swap bed socks for a hot water bottle, says Dr Idzikowski. 

‘Bed socks don’t allow you to lose heat from your feet, so you’ll end up too hot,’ he says. 

‘Hot water bottles get your feet warm, but then they cool down or can be kicked out of the way.’

Your bed partner can also be helpful for regulating your body temperature.

‘If you’re cold, you can snuggle up to them and once you’re warm, you can move away,’ says Professor Foster.

People who sleep naked have happier love lives, according to a survey of 1,000 British adults by a bedsheet company this year 

People who sleep naked have happier love lives, according to a survey of 1,000 British adults by a bedsheet company this year 

SLEEP IN THE BUFF TO BURN CALORIES

There is an increasing focus on brown fat, a type of tissue in the body that may protect against weight gain.

While ordinary body fat piles on when we eat more calories than we burn, brown fat seems to burn excess calories to generate heat. 

We know babies have lots of brown fat — they need it to keep warm — but studies have shown there are small amounts in the necks of adults, too.

Experts believe that certain activities could switch on this fat, potentially helping to burn calories at a greater rate. 

In a U.S. study in the journal Diabetes, researchers found that sleeping in a cold bedroom could activate brown fat in adults.

Five healthy young men slept in climate-controlled bedrooms for four months. For the first month, the room was kept at 24°C, then it was lowered to 19°C, then it went back to 24°C and for the last month raised to 27°C.

They ate the same amount of calories and their calorie expenditure and insulin sensitivity — how much insulin the body needs to keep blood sugar levels stable — were measured each day. 

The results were striking. After four weeks sleeping at 19°C, the men had almost doubled their volumes of brown fat.

If you just can’t go without PJs 

  • Choose pyjamas made from brushed cotton, says George Havenith, professor of environmental physiology and ergonomics at Loughborough University.

‘The roughened surface provides a warmer feel as it holds air that insulates you.’

Natural fibres such as wool, cotton or silk ‘have a good humidity buffering capacity (they absorb moisture), which will feel better in bed’.

  • Cover the torso, arms and legs. Instead of heavy quilts, choose blankets, which you can remove in layers if you get too hot. Mike Tipton, professor of human and applied physiology at the University of Portsmouth, says: ‘You want clothing and bedding that provide insulation, but allow moisture to leave the surface of the body and wick it away.’
  • Circulation problems are a common cause of sleep difficulties in older people, so keep the hands, head and feet warm, says Professor Russell Foster. A hot water bottle or wearing socks, mittens or even a nightcap will help.

Tests showed they burned more calories throughout the day when their bedroom was cooler (though not enough to lose weight) and their insulin sensitivity had also improved.

Senior author Francesco S. Celi said the study showed that over time sleeping in a cold bedroom could lessen the risk of diabetes.

Michael Symonds, professor of developmental physiology at the University of Nottingham and an expert on brown fat, says sleeping naked may be beneficial.

‘Brown fat can produce 300 times more heat than any other body organ, meaning if you can keep it activated for a prolonged amount of time you’d be less likely to lay down excess energy. 

‘So anything you can do to try to activate it, such as lowering the thermostat and sleeping in the cold, may be of benefit.’

But room temperature shouldn’t be below a level at which you feel comfortable, otherwise you won’t sleep.

People who tend to feel hot at night and like to sleep naked, may have a high amount of brown fat, which causes them to feel warmer than others.

…AND LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE

Cosy pyjamas are tempting, but if you share a bed with a partner, going nude will generate a generous boost of oxytocin, a hormone that’s been shown to have a wealth of health benefits.

‘It is triggered by closeness, particularly skin-to-skin contact,’ says Dr Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg, a physiologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and an expert on oxytocin. 

‘Sensory nerves on the skin send impulses to the brain, triggering the release.

‘When a baby is placed on its mother’s chest, the blood in mother and child starts to pulse with oxytocin.’

Oxytocin has a protective effect on the heart, as it lowers blood pressure. It also boosts the immune system and reduces anxiety.

‘But it only works if skin-on-skin touching is something you’re happy with.’

GIVE YOUR LOVE LIFE A BOOST

People who sleep naked have happier love lives, according to a survey of 1,000 British adults by a bedsheet company this year.

The study found 57 per cent of nude sleepers were happy with their relationship, compared with 48 per cent of pyjama wearers and 43 per cent of nightie wearers (onesie wearers were just 38 per cent).

Sleeping naked is a good strategy for those with body image issues, says Denise Knowles, sex therapist at counselling charity Relate.

‘You can slip under the sheets and then take your clothes off, and then you can be touched, even if you don’t want to be looked at.’

Sleeping naked may increase the chances of sex.

‘Pyjamas might give the message “not tonight”, but equally a lot of couples have a lot of fun taking each other’s clothes off.’

STOP GETTING INFECTIONS

Wearing nothing to bed can help women avoid developing yeast infections, such as thrush, says Austin Ugwumadu, a consultant gynaecologist at St George’s Hospital in South London.

‘Thrush loves warm, restricted environments, so wear something loose or preferably nothing at all.

‘If you wear something tight it means less air gets to the area and you’re more likely to sweat, which can cause irritation.’

 


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