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Sleep well to avoid eating junk food due to work pressure

A good night`s sleep can make workers replenished and feel vigorous again

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NEW YORK — Pressure at your work can lead to overeating and intake of junk food at dinnertime, but there could be a buffer to this harmful pattern.

But a new research has suggested that a good night`s sleep can serve as a protecting factor between work pressure and unhealthy eating in the evening.

Study co-author Chu-Hsiang Chang, Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University in the US said : “We found that employees who have a stressful workday tend to bring their negative feelings from the workplace to the dinner table, as manifested in eating more than usual and opting for more junk food instead of healthy food.”

The research, published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, involved two studies of 235 workers in China.

One study dealt with information technology employees who regularly experienced high workload and felt there was never enough time in the workday.

The second study involved call-centre workers who often got stressed from having to deal with rude and demanding customers.

In both cases, workday stress was linked to employees` negative mood while on the job, which in turn was linked to unhealthy eating in the evening, study co-author Yihao Liu, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, said.

The study proposed two potential explanations, Liu said.

“First, eating is sometimes used as an activity to relieve and regulate one`s negative mood, because individuals instinctively avoid aversive feelings and approach desire feelings,” he said.

“Second, unhealthy eating can also be a consequence of diminished self-control. When feeling stressed out by work, individuals usually experience inadequacy in exerting effective control over their cognitions and behaviours to be aligned with personal goals and social norms,” Liu added.

The finding that sleep protects against unhealthy eating following workday stress shows how the health behaviours are related, Chang pointed out.

“A good night`s sleep can make workers replenished and feel vigorous again, which may make them better able to deal with stress at work the next day and less vulnerable to unhealthy eating,” she said.

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Air strikes cripple Syria chemical weapons program : US President

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WASHINGTON — United States President Donald Trump has said that missile attacks at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program a success.

He proclaimed on Twitter: “Mission accomplished,” echoing former President George W Bush, whose use of the same phrase in 2003 to describe the US invasion of Iraq was widely ridiculed as violence there dragged on for years.

“We believe that by hitting Barzeh, in particular, we’ve attacked the heart of the Syrian chemicals weapon program,” US Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said at the Pentagon.

The United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria a week ago, targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development center in Damascus’ Barzeh district and two installations near Homs.

Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s progress in the 7-year-old civil war.

The bombing was the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and his superpower ally Russia, but the three countries said the strikes were limited to Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war.

The air attack, denounced by Damascus and its allies as an illegal act of aggression, was unlikely to alter the course of a multisided war that has killed at least half a million people.

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