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Boiling heat taking a toll on people

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DHANUSHA — Normal life in Dhanusha including the central and eastern Tarai districts has been thrown out of gear due to a constant rise in temperature for the past few days.

The sweltering summer heat compounded by heat wave, gust and dust is creating risk of a fire in the rural settlements. The heat wave has also impacted vegetation including the seasonal fruit mango.

The daily-wage earners are forced to toil under the scorching sun where people are even finding it hard to take a walk or travel outside shelters. The children are also starting to fall ill with heat related diseases.

The streets of the thoroughfares have taken on a deserted look as green vegetation including cucumber have started to dry up, according to District Agriculture Development Office, Dhanusha.

The temperature on Friday was recorded at 40.8 degree Celsius in Janakpur, said Meteorological Forecasting Division Field Office, Janakpur.

The continued rise in mercury has been blamed also on the prolonged drought. The temperature that is already hovering around 40 degree Celsius mark is expected to shoot up in midsummer, the Division said.

The chances of rainfall are slight so it is unlikely that we will get relief from the heat anytime soon, said Field Office technician, Rajendra Raut.

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Sleeping in on weekends may help live longer

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Sleep deprivation has been found to have numerous negative effects on a person’s health. But the new study has shown that sleeping more on the weekend might help ease health problems associated with not getting enough during the week, and even reduce the risk of an early death.

The study, published in Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, suggested that the negative effects of a few nights of short sleep could be counteracted by staying in bed over the weekend.

The from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of early death after examining medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.

For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk. But, for people who consistently slept for less than five hours through the whole week, the mortality risk is higher.

Torbjorn Akerstedt, one of the authors of the research and a clinical neuroscience professor from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said that the findings were consistent with previous studies on the link between sleep duration and mortality.

However, those previous studies only focused on sleep during weekdays.

“The results imply that short sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study.

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