Three big studies came out this week about some hot health topics.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan found that yelling at children can be as psychologically damaging as physically hitting them. Reseachers noted that shouting was ineffective at correcting behavior and influenced the symptoms of depression. Take note, September 8-14 is also National Suicide Prevention Week.
Have you seen more e-cigarettes lately? The little battery-powered devices that, rather than produce smoke from burning tobacco, provide users with an aerosol puff of nicotine that is often flavored like fruit, mint, or chocolate. Manufacturers claim they are safer than cigarettes, but they’re unregulated by the government. A recent study shows that e-cigarette use is on the rise with middle and high school kids, with use doubling over the previous year.
Also, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine released this week the perfect nap schedule. Turns out a quick cat nap--10-20 minutes--is the best for boosting alertness and energy. Snoozing for 30 minutes could cause sleep inertia, resulting in a groggy, hungover feeling. An hour-long nap is best for your memory, although like the 30-minute nap, you may feel groggy after waking. If you're an extended napper, going 90 minutes, you'll have completed a full cycle of sleep. This can mean improved memory and creativity, all with a non-groggy wake up.