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Sleep - Benefits of sleep and 10 tips for good sleep hygiene in children

Sleep is an integral part of our circadian rhythm which has plenty of health benefits. Sleep is utmost important to all the age groups . In this blog we are focusing on sleep in children.
Baby. Riya , 4 year old girl sleeps around 11 PM after her mom comes from work and wakes up at 6 am as her school starts early. It's just 7 hours of sleep she gets. She has less attention span in school and throws tantrums at house which may be due to lack of sleep .

Let's go through benefits of sleep in children:
1. Promotes Growth in Children:
Growth hormone is secreted by pituitary gland in brain during sleep  which is essential for the child's growth.
2. Improves Immunity :
cytokines are released during sleep which helps in fighting infection and stress. children who sleep for 9 to 10 hours have decreased incidence of illness. If the child has cold, that is reason doctor advice for proper rest and sleep.
3. Improves attention span and learning :
Too little sleep causes the child to be hypera…

OCD- Meaning, Risk factors, Symptoms,diagnosis and Treatment.

Introduction:
Obsessive Compulsive disorder is a disorder characterised by thoughts which are excessive in nature leading to certain repetitive behaviours which can harm a person psychologically according to the extent of OCD. Each of us do some repetitive actions which relieves us but it is normal only if it is in limit and do not harm us mentally and physically.
Personally, I usually check if door is locked and gas is off around 4 to 5 times when I go to sleep and while going out. I can't sleep without checking this number of times even though I know checking once is enough. I developed this in my teens but the difference is I use to check on gas and door for nearly 20 times then which was high but now I have consciously reduced it but not stopped.  But people with OCD involve themselves in this unnecessary actions for long hours in a day and they may not like doing this actions but are relieved or comforted after repetitive actions.
In this blog ,I will throw light on OCD , its s…

Confused with the selection of cooking oil? 8 cooking oils towards healthier life..

Introduction:

Cooking oil selection is a dilemma for many. With new oils coming into market in the name of zero cholesterol , low absorption, we are naturally confused in selection of oil. I remember when I was kid my mom using groundnut oil. Later in 90's sunflower oil gained  popularity. Let's see the types of cooking oil to use and its benefits .


1. Ghee :

Ayurveda has given alot of importance to ghee owing to its healing properties. It contains omega-3 fatty acids with Vitamin A. It is good source of energy and easily digestible too. Ghee is good for heart health too . It lowers LDL (Bad Cholesterol) and increases HDL (Good Cholesterol). Ghee should be taken in small quantity everyday. Children diet should include ghee which gives them necessary fats for healthy growth. Adding a tea spoon of ghee in diet also decreases the incidence of arthritis.You can use ghee for seasoning curries and also as topping . It  enhances the taste and also helps in loosing weight when taken in sm…