Integrative Medicine Alert – April 1, 2023
April 1, 2023
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The Connection Between Bereavement, Sleep, and Inflammation
This study of the association of sleep disturbance with more markers of inflammation in widows and widowers compared to controls revealed self-reported sleep disturbances are more strongly correlated with increased markers of inflammation in bereaved individuals.
Prosocial vs. Self-Rewarding Behavior and Their Effects on Stress Recovery
Two randomized, controlled studies were created to examine the effects of giving gifts vs. receiving gifts after stressful situations. They both revealed the “giving” group reported recovering from stress faster, showing more happiness, showing less desire, and reporting no significant difference in relaxation compared to the “receiving” group and a control group.