Health tips — November 2015

Studies show that retirees are less stressed than those in the workforce and that marital stress can trigger junk food cravings.

Happy trails

A study in Germany seems to have found a way to beat stress: retire.

According to the study in the Journal of Health Economics, which looked at data taken from more than 10,000 German households from 1994 to 2012, retirees tended to get an extra 40 minutes of sleep a night and see their doctors less. Participants were also 10% more likely to engage in regular exercise and were more apt than those in the workforce to rate their physical as well as their mental health as satisfactory or better, reports The Independent and The Guardian. Interestingly, the study also found that those who gave up physically demanding jobs benefited the most.

The battle and the bulge

Ever crave junk food after fighting with your spouse? You’re not alone.

Researchers at two US universities analyzed 43 couples to study the link between marital stress and eating patterns. They noticed that partners involved in a heated argument showed a spike in ghrelin, the hormone that triggers appetite. They also found that a battle not only raised the spouses’ appetites, but affected their food choices as well.

So the next time you see an argument brewing, you may want to lock up that jumbo bag of Doritos, just in case.