Trouble with memory and thinking, something doctors call “neurocognitive impairment,” affects nearly half of people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It can interfere with the ability to do daily tasks such as handling finances, driving and taking medication as scheduled, experts say. However, the new study suggests that exercise “may reduce or potentially prevent neurocognitive impairment in HIV-infected persons,” according to a team led by Dr. David Moore of the University of California, San Diego. Their study included 335 people with HIV who were asked how much they exercised. They also underwent testing to assess seven brain functions commonly affected by HIV: verbal fluency, working memory, speed of information processing, learning, recall, executive function and motor function. Those who got regular exercise were half as likely to show signs of impaired mental function as those who did not exercise, according to the study published in the August issue of the Journal of NeuroVirology.
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Exercise to beat insomnia: you need more than you think
Now more than ever, theres just too much piled high on everybodys plate. With the never ending to do list, exercise and health take a back seat while all of the stuff takes priority. Realizing the importance of taking time out for yourself without feeling guilty, will make you better at everything that you do. So how do you fit exercise into your life when you have no time?
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Whats more, new research suggests that while exercise does help to improve sleep over time, a single workout one morning doesnt necessarily mean youll fall asleep easier that night. Thats disappointing for those looking for a quick fix for sleepless nights. The small study involving 11 women with chronic insomnia found that those who started walking, biking, or running on a treadmill three times a week for 30 minutes at a time noticed an improvement in their sleep habits at the end of 16 weeks. But the researchers also found that on a day-to-day basis, getting a good workout didnt predict a good nights sleep, according to the results published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine . What they did find, though, was that those who felt the most tired due to getting a poor night of sleep wound up exercising less the next dayabout a minute less for every half-hour of lost sleep they had the night before.
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