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Man arrested on charge of sleeping overnight on top of Britain’s Parliament

Gorkha Post

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LONDON —

A 23-year-old man was arrested on Sunday morning in the wake of spending around eight hours on the top of Britain’s Parliament building, media reported.

Media reports said the man appeared at around 9 p.m. on Saturday. The police officers, mediators and fire police were called at the scene after 15 minutes, according to Xinhua news agency.

The man, wearing a grey top and black trousers, was pacing here and there between buttresses on the edge of the roof. He was arrested at 5 a.m. on Sunday, and was taken to a central London police headquarters.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of criminal damage and trespassing. As such, the reason with reference to why he stayed on the top was not known, Scotland Yard said.

Some media reports said the roof of the parliament building has been targeted by campaign groups who oppose an airport construction project at the Heathrow airport.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz

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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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