Today in Research: Sleep Is the Best Diet Ever; Yoga's Benefits

By The Atlantic Wire

Discovered: Science debunks psychic powers, an exotic new electron, the most amazing diet ever, Americans don't believe in America, and another point for yoga's health benefits.

  • The most amazing diet ever? Sleeping. Not sleeping leads to calorie consumption, finds research from the American Heart Association. "We tested whether lack of sleep altered the levels of the hormones leptin and ghrelin, increased the amount of food people ate, and affected energy burned through activity," explained researcher Virend Somers. So, that means more sleep equals the opposite of that, hence, the sleep diet. Thank you for this gift, science. [American Heart Association]
  • Another point for yoga. The other day, research found that yoga had real health benefits, beyond just all that peace of mind stuff. Now, science has confirmed the spiritual stuff also does good things to our bodies, finding the meditation -- a big part of the yoga experience, unless you go to one of those corporate Yoga Inc.-type places -- has physiological benefits. "Meditators are known to be masters in introspection and awareness as well as emotional control and self-regulation, so the findings make sense that the longer someone has meditated, the higher the degree of folding in the insula [a part of the brain]," explained Eileen Luders. And, that is good, because: "The insula has been suggested to function as a hub for autonomic, affective, and cognitive integration," she continued. So, for the millionth time, boo-yah, haters. [UCLA]

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