Sleeping less than 6 hours may double death risk

A study found that people with metabolic syndrome who slept for more than six hours were about 1.49 times m… Read More
Failing to sleep less than six hours may nearly double the risk of death in people with metabolic syndrome – a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, researchers have warned.

A study found that people with metabolic syndrome who slept for more than six hours were about 1.49 times more likely to die of stroke.

<p>A study found that people with metabolic syndrome who slept for more than six hours were about 1.49 times more likely to die of stroke.<br></p>

Conversely, those who slept less than six hours were about 2.1 times more likely to die of heart disease or stroke.

For those who got more sleep, the risk of death was more modest, the researchers said.

The short sleepers with metabolic syndrome were also 1.99 times more likely to die from any cause compared to those without metabolic syndrome.

“If you have several heart disease risk factors, taking care of your sleep and consulting with a clinician if you have insufficient sleep is important if you want to lower your risk of death from heart disease or stroke,” said lead author Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

For the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the team selected 1,344 adults (average age 49 years, 42 per cent male) who agreed to spend one night in a sleep laboratory.

The results showed that 39.2 per cent of the participants had at least three of the risk factors — body mass index (BMI) higher than 30 and elevated total cholesterol, blood pressure, fasting blood sugar and triglyceride levels.

During an average follow-up of 16.6 years, 22 per cent of the participants died.

“Future clinical trials are needed to determine whether lengthening sleep, in combination with lowering blood pressure and glucose, improves the prognosis of people with the metabolic syndrome,” Fernandez-Mendoza said.

Front Row Lockout For Toyota At 2017 24 Hours Of Le Mans

The 85th edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans will see Toyota start from the front row, securing first and second positions in the third and final qualifying session. The team also managed to score a record breaking lap as Kamui Kobayashi completed it in 3m14.791s in the second qualifying, which remained uncontested in the final two hours of running. This means that Kobayashi along with teammates Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin will begin the race on Saturday from the pole in the No. 7 TS050 Hybrid.

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Toyota cars No. 7 and No. 8 will start 1-2, while car No. 9 will start 5th

Joining them in the second place will be Toyota’s second machine – No. 8, thanks to a lap of 3m 17.128s from Kazuki Nakajima soon after the start of the third session. The No. 8 Toyota managed to beat the No. 1 Porsche by just over a tenth.

The two Porsches couldn’t improve upon earlier times in the final qualifying session. Neel Jani in car No. 1 could put out the best time for Porsche lapping the track in 3m17.159s, which stands 2.468s behind Kobayashi’s pole time. Meanwhile, car No. 2 finished eight tenths of a second down on Jani in the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Car no. 2, however, was out of action for the final session, when Brendon Hartley slowed and eventually came to a halt, as a precaution taken due to rising oil temperatures. Neither Porsches could improve upon previous times, and will now start in the second row on the grid in the third and fourth place respectively.

The third Toyota on the grid, no. 9 driven by Nicolas Lapierre will start fifth in the race, after clocking a time of 3m18.625s.

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The LMP2 class saw G-Drive Racing take the pole and will start 7th on the grid

In the LMP2 class, one of the most competitive at Le Mans, the top spot went to the G-Drive Racing Oreca driven by Pierre Thiriet with teammates Alex Lynn and Roman Rusinov. The team will start seventh overall on the grid. Roberto Gonzalez of the CEFC Manor TRS Racing team was second in class and will start eighth overall on the grid. Jackie Chan DC Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung took third in class and is set to start ninth overall on the grid.

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Aston Martin Racing snatched the lead from Porsche to take the pole GTE Pro Class

The GTE Pro Class was quite a heated battle with Aston Martin Racing team stepping up and claiming pole. Teammates Daren Turner, Jonny Adam and Daniel Serra showed some stellar performance, overtaking Porsche, who seemed confident to claim the pole in the initial laps. Meanwhile, James Calado driving No. 51 AF Corse took second in class, while the other Aston Martin Racing car driven by Nicki Thiim took third position. The top three positions in the GTE Pro Class will start 32nd, 33rd and 34 respectively in the final race tomorrow.

60 cars over four classes will be starting the 24 Hours of Le Mans race on Saturday.

8 Smart Ways to Eat Healthy During Office Hours

A regular 9-to-5 desk job, sitting all day in an air-conditioned cabin, is what majorly constitutes an office for most of us. Office life can often get hectic, with no signs of stopping or slowing down. Work keeps piling up and the 40-hour workweek hardly seems enough. All this adds up to nothing but higher stress levels, unhealthy lifestyles and irregular eating habits. As such one tends to cash-in on unhealthy snacks that are available in tuck shops like chips, crackers, biscuits, and namkeens. The calories we consume are far more than the energy we expend, thereby making us pile on the kilos. In the canned space of the office environment, it is vital to binge on eatables that do not just keep us hydrated, but are low on calories and easy on the stomach. Wondering what these superfoods could be? We’re here to share our trade secrets on how to eat healthily during office hours.

8 Smart Ways to Eat Healthy During Office Hours

1. Cut the Junk

Junk food options like namkeens and chips are the ones that are stocked by most office spaces for their employees. While completely disallowing yourself to eat these may not be the solution, it is a good idea to keep a check on the amount you take in one go. Bingeing on junk is the unhealthiest habit possible, so be mindful of it. Limit your starch content intake in the form of pastas, rice and breads too.

junk foodLimiting your junk intake is vital for healthy eating. Photo credits: iStock

2. Pack Home-Cooked Meals

This is the fool-proof way to make sure you cut down on junk; however much you want to. Getting home-cooked food

to your office makes sure the food is healthy and fresh. The food cooked at home best satisfies your taste buds. You can customise it according to your own tastes and preferences. Chances of getting a case of food poisoning from badly-cooked food is severely reduced by eating home cooked food everyday. Freshly cooked food packed in a tiffin box keeps reminding you to finish it first before you go on to any other snacks or drinks. Home food in decent proportions is something which you can always binge-eat, without feeling conscious of overeating.

home cooked foodSimple, home-made food is the best way to limit unhealthy snacking habits. Photo credits: iStock

3. Stay Hydrated

The importance of drinking water at your work place cannot be overstated. A water bottle

at your desk is an absolute must. Make sure you take several big sips before and after every meal, and keep drinking through the day as well. Water has no calories, and helps you stay energized and fresh throughout the day. This is vital especially for those working in air-conditioned offices, as their skin gets devoid of moisture, and thus needs to retain its hydration.

sit and drink waterWater- the evergreen superfood for your workplace. Photo credits: iStock

4. Cold Drinks Are Not the Best Refreshment

Some tend to consciously avoid junk food in an attempt to watch weight, but it is also important to avoid drinking caffeinated drinks, sodas, energy drinks, packaged juices and lattes. These drinks contain heavy amounts of sugar, which hampers your diet. Extra sugar and cream in your tea and coffee should be avoided. Opt for black coffee or green tea as a viable alternative to cut down on calories as well as boost your metabolism; or gorge on water, of course.

sodaCalorie-heavy drinks like colas and sodas become an unnecessary pile-on to your daily requirement. Photo credits: iStock

5. Keep Snacks at Your Desk

Stock your desk larder with plenty of snacks other than the regular chips and biscuits. This will be an added incentive to eat well, and will prohibit you from reaching out to the vending machine

or nearby grocery store every time. Pine nuts, flax seeds and almonds are also good snacking alternatives. The best snacks are fresh fruits and veggies- simply wash and bring them to your work place!

nutsHealthy fruits and nuts are one of the most healthy snacks possible. Photo credits: iStock

6. Healthy Eating Options

If you’re still wondering what exactly you can binge-eat during office hours, we have a list of healthy options ready for you-

  • Fresh coconut chunks, which are conveniently available in bite-sized packets in the local supermarket. They are high on fibre and rich in good fats
  • Sweet potato crisps, with no additives or preservatives.
  • Roasted chickpeas, which is low on calories and high on taste.
  • Yogurt, is a great snacking option and has a variety of flavours to choose from. It fills up the stomach with good bacteria and stocks up high on calcium and magnesium.
  • Dark chocolate, is rich in antioxidants and keeps you fresh and energized. Be careful not to eat too much. The kind of dark chocolate that has maximum benefits is the one with close to 98% cocoa content and least milk and sugar.
  • Protein bars, are filling, richly layered, and available in several different kinds of flavours. They live up to their name and supply you with the energy-boosting Protein that keeps you going through the day.
  • Mixed nuts, such as almonds which are high on magnesium; flax seeds which reduce drowsiness and contain Omega-3 fatty acids as well. Roast a variety of these nuts and keep them in a handy jar on your desktop.
  • Fruits, including bananas, apples, oranges, peaches, grapes, and any other fruit which does not require peeling and cutting. A single serving of any fruit is a healthy snacking portion for one person. It is a filling snack and high on fiber and vitamins.


healthy foodHealthy snacks in small portions are the key to a healthy lifestyle. Photo credits: iStock

7. How to Curb Cravings

Controlling your food cravings is vital for the workplace. The brain often sends hunger pangs

based on food smells and sounds nearby. This ends up becoming a major deterrent to your healthy snacking intentions, as your cravings result in binge eating. What’s more, if there is nothing available to satisfy your craving, you will end up relying on sugary foods that are high on carbohydrates and fats.

healthy food 620To satiate your food craving, make sure you choose the healthier path. Photo credits: iStock

8. Check Portions

It is always a good idea to snack and satisfy your hunger pangs rather than intentionally deprive yourself of food. However, the key element here is not to go overboard with any snack you take. Be it simple mixed nuts, protein bars or even vegetables and fruits- it is essential to control the portions you eat. Excess of anything is too much for the body to handle. Over-snacking makes you lose your appetite for the proper meals of the day, and pile on unnecessary calories and weight.

snacksTiny portions of every food is the best way to avoid overstuffing. Photo credits: iStock

Thus, healthy bingeing during the 40-hour workweek is not as much of a Herculean task as it seems. It is simply a combination of switching to the right diet and a little bit of self-control. So, get your office snacking habits right today!