Weekly health news roundup: Sleeping on the floor, hearing loss, low estrogen in women, sensitive teeth

sleeping-on-the-floorIn case you missed it, here is Bel Marra Health’s weekly health news roundup, featuring information on the benefits of sleeping on the floor, hearing loss, low estrogen in women, sensitive teeth, and obesity.

How sleeping on the floor can be healthy

It may sound strange, but sleeping on the floor might actually improve your health and alleviate back pain. The hard surface of the floor can provide your spine with a level of support it can’t get from a soft mattress, but to reap the benefits, it must be done right. While it may not sound comfortable—especially when there are new, body-hugging mattresses being advertised daily—sleeping on the floor can actually provide you with a host of benefits. Continue reading…

City-noise-associated-with-hearing-lossCity noise associated with hearing loss: Study


A new study has found that cities with the most noise pollution also have higher rates of hearing loss, suggesting that urban noise and hearing loss are linked. Fifty large cities were ranked based on their noise level and rate of hearing loss, and it was found that high-decibel areas like New Delhi, Cairo, and Istanbul had the highest rate of hearing degradation. In comparison, cities that were rated lower on the noise level scale like Vienna, Oslo, and Munich were found to have lower rates of hearing loss.

While these results suggest that there is a connection between city noise and hearing loss, researchers assert that it does not mean that noise pollution is the main force that causes hearing degradation. Henrik Matthies, the managing director of Mimi Hearing Technologies, referred to these results as “robust” and stated: “The fact that noise pollution and hearing loss have such a tight correlation points to an intricate relationship.” Continue reading…

low-estrogenLow estrogen in women: Symptoms, causes, and home remedies

Low estrogen in women can signify a change of physical functions in the body and many people are surprised to hear that it is responsible for their unusual symptoms.

Estrogen is a hormone that plays a big role in maintaining good health. Although men produce estrogen, it is commonly thought of as a female hormone because women produce it at much higher levels. Hormones carry messages through the bloodstream that help start, stop, speed up, and slow down chemical processes in the body. Estrogen is responsible for sexual development, bone and cholesterol metabolism, controlling menstrual cycles, and regulating food intake as well as weight, glucose metabolism, and insulin sensitivity. Continue reading…

early-risers-have-lower-risk-of-obesityEarly risers have decreased risk of obesity: Study

New research out of Finland suggests that early risers may be healthier than night owls and have a lower risk of obesity. The study was led by Mirkka Maukonen from the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki and found that morning people had better dietary habits and were more likely to exercise regularly than those who went to bed and woke later. These associations were attributed to both physiological and biological differences between early risers and night owls, including the production of specific hormones that affect appetite and metabolism. Continue reading…

Sensitive-teeth7 possible causes of sensitive teeth

Having sensitive teeth can make something as simple as enjoying a cool glass of water a painful ordeal. To help you avoid this uncomfortable feeling, we’ve listed seven of the most common causes of sensitive teeth—avoid these behaviors and you may once again be able to enjoy a bowl of ice cream without worrying about tooth pain. Continue reading…