We know dogs are a man’s best friend, and in this week’s edition we’ll learn they may also be your child’s biggest defense against asthma. We’ll also take a look at the benefits of being a morning person and if you’re a new mother and feeling disconnected from the outside world, you’d be amazed how much better you’ll feel if you fire up that laptop and start blogging. Check it out!!
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Week in Health.
We know dogs are a man’s best friend, and in this week’s edition we’ll learn they may also be your child’s biggest defense against asthma. We’ll also take a look at the benefits of being a morning person and if you’re a new mother and feeling disconnected from the outside world, you’d be amazed how much better you’ll feel if you fire up that laptop and start blogging.
Research presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology says that kids in households where dogs are present may be less likely to develop asthma.
The study tests what’s called the hygiene hypothesis. The idea is that extreme cleanliness may actually promote disease later on.
Households with dogs may boost children’s immune systems and help stave off a common childhood infection called respiratory syncytial virus – or RSV. When kids develop severe RSV their risk of asthma goes up. So next time Fido sheds all over the couch, think of it as a bonus dose of probiotics.
Has it ever occurred to you that morning people seem more chipper than night owls? A new study suggests morning people aren’t only happy in the a.m., they’re happier and more satisfied with life overall.
In a study published in the journal Emotion, researchers studied two populations: a group of 435 adults and found morning-type people tended to feel healthier than night owls. Evening people may be more prone to social jet lag; meaning that their biological clock is out of sync with the social clock, because social expectations are far more organized around a morning-type person's schedule.
Ways to boost your happiness? Change your sleep schedule to turn yourself into a morning person. Wake up earlier and go to bed earlier. If you can, have a consistent schedule to make sure you are waking up at the same time every day.
New mothers who read and write blogs may feel less alone than mothers who do not participate in a blogging community, according to researchers from Brighman Young University.
Researchers surveyed 157 first-time mothers about their media use and their well-being, all of whom had only one child under the age of 18 months. Blogging had a positive impact on new mothers, but other social networking – such as Facebook and MySpace – did not impact their well-being in the same way.
Blogging is a positive outlet to use and showcase women’s hobbies and accomplishments, particularly for stay-at-home moms. Moms who blogged felt increased feelings of social support, which in turn led to higher marital satisfaction, less marital conflict, less parenting stress and fewer feelings of depression.
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