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AFC U-23 Qualifiers: Nepal go down to Saudi

Gorkha Post

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KATHMANDU —

Nepal continued with its poor run in the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers as it confronted third defeat consecutively after it was embarrassed 6-0 by Saudi Arabia on Sunday at the PAS Stadium in Tehran, Iran on Sunday.

Nepal yielded three goals each in either half against Saudi Arabia, which had played goalless attract against Afghanistan its second match. Five different players were on score-sheet for Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia, who are 81 spots in front of 180th positioned Nepal in the worldwide positioning, opened their record in the 22nd minute through Mustafa Albassas and caught up with a prop from Ahmed Essa Al Nathir in the 28th and 45th minute.

Albassas finished his twofold in the 64th minute and Mohammed Eidah Alsaiari and Saleh Alshehri netted one each in the 63rd and 85th moment which saw Saudi Arabia jump to top of the Group with seven points from three matches.

Nepal are at the bottom of the standings with their third continuous thrashing. Nepal had already lost 5-0 against Iran on March 23 and 2-0 against Afghanistan on March 25. Nepal play their last match against Palestine on Tuesday.

Main 10 Group winners and five best second-placed teams will join host Qatar in the AFC U-23 Championship in January next year.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

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KATHMANDU — Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But a new study on sleep patterns has suggested that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults too.

Researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, in a study of 1,978 older adults, have found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day.

The study  was published Sept 21 in the journal Scientific Reports.

“From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep,” said study’s lead author Jessica Lunsford-Avery.

“Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other.”

African-Americans had the most irregular sleep patterns compared to participants who were white, Chinese-American or Hispanic, the data showed.

Still, the data suggest tracking sleep regularity could help identify people at risk of disease, and where health disparities may impact specific groups.

Irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, both of which are tied to heart health.

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