Intensive bouts of exercise can lead to significant and progressive decline in sleep quality, says a new study. The researchers also found that a high carbohydrate regime reduces some, but not all, of the effects of hard training. For the study, the scientists from Loughborough University in England studied the effects of two nine-day periods of heavy training on 13 highly trained cyclists. The researchers monitored the athletes’ moods, sleep patterns and performance before, during and after exercise. To determine whether diets could counter the effects of any sleep deprivation, the athletes were also given high or moderate amounts of carbohydrate throughout the study, though none of them knew which. The researchers discovered that even as little as nine days of intense training can cause ‘significant and progressive decline in sleep quality’.“Sleep efficiency was significantly reduced during the intensified training period,” the researchers observed, with the number of times the athletes woke, throughout the night, significantly increased. The study appeared in the Journal of Sports Sciences.
KOLKATA: To eradicate the menace of Railway tickets touting, RPF/Eastern Railway is always on toe to find out the modus operandi being used by the touts to procure and sell Railway e-tickets unauthorisedly through personal user IDs. Drives against this menace have been intensified during 2018. As a result, a total of 172 offenders have been arrested U/S 143 of Railways Act up to September 2018 in comparison to the arrest of 124 in the corresponding period of 2017. As instructed by DG/RPF/Railway Board, New Delhi, a nation-wide simultaneous raid against Railway ticket touting was organised on November 2. During this nationwide raid, around 185 touts were arrested in which RPF/ER contributed the most by arresting 32 Touts with recovery of e-tickets, valued Rs 10,67,653. IG cum Principal Chief Security Commissioner/Eastern Railway Dr R K Malik advised all senior officers of Eastern Railway to organise such simultaneous drives in Eastern Railway to curb the menace of touting activities.