Studies from Finland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the United States are featured in today’s summary of the news:
Yes, COVID-19 is literally a nightmare
It’s one thing to say that COVID-19 is a nightmare when describing what the pandemic did to the world, but it’s also a literal nightmare, according to researchers in Finland and the US. Over 4,000 people responded to a survey of dreams and nightmares during the sixth week of a lockdown; 811 reported on their dream content. After analyzing the answers, the researchers found 33 dream topics. Twenty have been classified as bad dreams, 55% of which have been specifically linked to the pandemic, such as: B. Failures in social distancing, infections, and personal protective equipment.
Those who had bad dreams said they were more stressed out, which would make sense given that they were likely to be restlessly sleeping. There could be a vicious cycle, however, as it also looks like stressed out people have worse pandemic-related dreams.
Good news for people with type 2 diabetes who go to bed early
A study by researchers from the UK and Australia found that people with type 2 diabetes who are early risers are healthier than people who are night owls. It seems that those who stay up late tend to exercise less – 56% less – than their counterparts who go to bed early. Exercise is especially important in treating diabetes in order to maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure.
“There is a need for large-scale diabetes care interventions that help people [type 2 diabetes] initiate, maintain, and achieve the essential benefits of an active lifestyle, ”the authors wrote. “This can be particularly relevant for those who have a penchant for ‘evening’.”
Coffee before breakfast can negatively affect blood sugar control
If you are monitoring your blood sugar (sugar) level because you have diabetes or are at risk of disease, consider when to drink your coffee. Researchers from the UK did a small study (only 29 people) and found that drinking strong black coffee before breakfast in this group “… significantly increased the blood sugar response to breakfast by about 50%”. This would affect blood sugar levels and make them higher than they should be. So, while the first thing you might want is coffee so you can wake up to prepare breakfast, what might it do with your blood sugar?
Work bubbles reduce the spread of COVID
The word “bubble” took on a new meaning this year. Take the work bubble, for example. This would be a cohort, a group of employees who work together in a certain place without mixing with other employees who are not in their bubble. You plan changing working days and the work area is disinfected after each use.
A study from Canada shows that this approach reduces the risk of COVID-19 infection. Furthermore, if someone gets sick in the bladder, only the employees in the bladder are at risk, not everyone else in the company. This limits the number of people who need to self-isolate and possibly be tested. “Implementing a work-bubble strategy that uses customized work schedules to physically or physically separate employees in time or space (or both) will reduce the risk of company-wide disease transmission and total business interruption,” the authors write.
Social media friends as teenagers can benefit mental health later
Concerned about your popular teenager who appears to be depressed? A study from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina may give hope to teenagers who are popular on social media but still suffer from depression. The researchers collected data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent and Adult Health to get an idea of depressive episodes and the number of online friends the participants made.
While popular teens often reported depressive episodes, especially girls, the depressive episodes decreased with increasing adulthood. “For women, higher popularity predicts greater depressive symptoms in adolescence, followed by a steeper decline to lower levels in early adulthood,” the authors wrote. Part of the problems teenagers face with depression could be due to the gender issues associated with overall popularity and girls’ stress and emotional burden.