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Why good sleep is essential for both body and mind
We spend one third of our life sleeping. There must be a good reason why nature makes us sleep for this long. Large number of studies all over the world has shown the beneficial effects of good sleep.
 
Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, results in impairment of judgement, depression, heart problems, obesity and drastic reduction in general well-being of an individual. In an extreme case, sleep deprivation has also resulted in death through heart failure. In fact, the first sign of sickness is fretful sleep. 
 
How lack of sleep produces ill health has remained a mystery. Now, slowly, scientific investigations are solving this puzzle.
 
One of the accepted theories so far has been that sleep helps in both consolidation and removal of memories. We perceive the world during the day through our senses and it results in memory formation both shallow and deep. Sleep, it seems, helps in consolidating and removing some of these memories uncluttering the brain.
 
Another recent, but fascinating, theory (backed with experiments) has shown that sleep helps in flushing out toxic protein waste and biological debris from the brain, formed during waking hours. It seems that during sleep the relaxation of brain helps in opening up the channels through which the debris flows into the blood streams and is removed from it. 
 
Studies have also shown that sleep helps flush out harmful protein plaque (beta amyloid) which is responsible for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
 
Thus good sleep is extremely essential for a healthy brain and body.
 
The build-up of toxins in the brain due to inadequate sleep also affects the body. Though there is very little understanding of how this happens, a probable cause is the passage of this information by the vagus nerve to different parts of the body. 
 
Scientific investigations have also shown that information of any slight change in the brain chemistry is transmitted to various organs by the vagus nerve, which plays an important part in keeping the brain and body in unison.
 
As the brain starts getting affected by the debris build-up, the message via vagus nerve to various organs might be to slow them down, resulting in their lethargic action.
 
Just like deep sleep, meditation also enables dissolution of memories. In fact, deep sleep and meditation have similar characteristics and it is quite possible that during meditation the flushing of toxins from the brain may also take place. 
 
A possible mechanism could be that since meditation results in the relaxation of brain, it may help in opening up the channels for flushing off the chemical debris.
 
Memory is formed both by producing new neural pathways and certain chemical changes in the brain. Memory removal therefore is affected by changes in both these mechanisms. 
 
In deep meditation (where the focus is on a single thought for a long time, also called Sanyam) new neural pathways are formed and the old ones get dissolved. This dissolution may have a chemical signature thereby producing toxic debris which needs to be flushed out.
 
How can we induce good sleep? Generally when the body is healthy and the person follows a good exercise regime, then this helps to produce deep sleep. Production of deep sleep can also be helped by meditation. Studies world over have shown that long term practice of meditation helps in toning both the mind and body. 
 
A good meditation practice to follow for quickly falling asleep is to close the eyes and focus attention onto the center of forehead. This can be done just before going to sleep and also when one wakes up at night and has difficulty in falling asleep again. 
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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SC allows SEBI to sell Sahara properties
Real EstateNew Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed market regulator SEBI to go ahead with the sale of Sahara properties whose unencumbered title deeds are in its possession. The step is being taken to recover investors' money that Sahara groups' two companies had collected from public through Optionally Fully Convertible Debentures.
 
The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur said that the market regulator would appoint an agency to decide the mechanism for the sale of Sahara properties.
 
The court said that properties would not be sold at a price that is less than 90 percent of the prevailing circle rates.
 
The SEBI will appoint an agency to work out the mechanism for the sale of properties which are stated to be worth Rs.40,000 crore.
 
The entire process would be undertaken under the supervision of former Supreme Court judge Justice B.N. Agarwala and Sahara would be kept informed about the steps being taken for the sale of its properties.
 
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Annika

8 months ago

thank you SEBI! You have always put the common man above the con man.

Cyberfraud : Online Scams in India Continue To Increase
The top three online scams in India are work from home, lottery scams and fake bank email scam, says a new multi-market survey, adding that, despite growing awareness, new online scams are being reported every day.
 
Releasing a study on Internet scams, Norway-based Telenor Group, Telenor India’s major shareholder, said that as Internet accessibility continues to expand in India, so do scammers’ inventive ways in infiltrating consumers’ personal information. 
 
The ‘work from home’ is one such scam that users are either fooled into paying someone online to help them start a business, or users are tricked into completing work on their computer but never receive payment. 
 
The results of the study showed that a quarter of the participants were victims of lottery scam emails, where the user is prompted to pay a processing fee to win a large sum of money. Another 17% had fallen victim to fraud from scammers pretending to be from their bank to acquire personal information and funds. 

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