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PM Oli extends greetings on Chhath

Gorkha Post

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has extended greetings to all Nepalis on the occasion of Chhath, expressing hope that the festival would promote brotherhood, unity and spiritual bond among all Nepalis.

“Religious tolerance, social unity and lasting mutual relations are Nepal’s traditional culture,” PM said in his greeting, adding, “Nepal is a common place of multi-religion, multi-culture and multi-ethnicity.”

The PM said all the festivals celebrated by all the ethnic groups and communities have their own specialty. “Festivals of various communities and ethnic groups are important component of Nepal’s cultural identity,” PM Oli shared.

In his message, PM Oli said each community celebrating other communities’ traditions and culture would enhance mutual reconciliation and brotherhood among various ethnic groups, religions and communities.

The Chhath festival which is celebrated mostly in Tarai-Madhes by worshipping the Sun is gradually becoming popular in the hilly region too.

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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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