Encouraging Iyengar yoga students to continue attending class at least once weekly may make a significant difference in their stress levels and in their quality of life, according to study findings published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012; doi: 10.1155/2012/408727).
When they don’t get enough sleep, women feel less full and men have a bigger appetite, according to a recent issue of the journal SLEEP. Twenty-seven normal-weight men and women (aged 30–45) were studied under short-sleep (4 hours) and habitual-sleep (9 hours) conditions. After a short night’s sleep, fasting blood samples indicated that fasting and morning ghrelin levels rose in men, while afternoon GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide) levels fell in women. Sleep duration had no effect on insulin, glucose and leptin profiles.
Pregnant women suffering from depression in their second trimester slept better and experienced less depression and anxiety when they participated in a weekly yoga and tai chi practice, according to researchers from the University of Miami Medical School.
They conducted the study to determine whether a nonpharmaceutical intervention could successfully help pregnant women with a variety of symptoms. The tai chi and yoga participants practiced in a group for 20 minutes per week over a 12-week period. Control group members did not change their routine activities.
When it comes to optimal endurance exercise performance, fuel source and utilization play a major role in success. The contribution and expenditure of fats and carbohydrates for the synthesis of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) during exercise are regulated by several factors, including activity, duration and intensity, as well as the person’s age, training status, diet and gender. Proteins contribute a minor 1%–8% of fuel needs during submaximal exercise (Isacco, Duché & Boisseau 2012).
Women who are coping with menopause are looking to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for ways to manage their symptoms, according to a review of surveys conducted between 2000 and 2012 among women worldwide. Researchers from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine in Daejeon, South Korea, and the University of Exeter in Exeter, United Kingdom, noted that among the 26 surveys identified internationally, many were of poor methodological quality.
Growing evidence supports the use of mind-body therapies—yoga, qigong, tai chi and others—to improve the quality and quantity of sleep for women in midlife.
As many as 40%-50% of women aged 45-60 report that they sleep poorly, and the statistics probably underrepresent the problem, says a review of studies published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing (2013; doi: 10.1177/0898010113493504). Mind-body therapies are modalities that foster the mind’s capacity to affect physical functions and symptoms.