Today’s Quote – 104

“Real love is simply accepting another person. Completely and unconditionally.” ~ Russ Von Hoelscher

Petua Kesihatan: Hindari hilang pendengaran

Petua mudah untuk menghindari hilang deria pendengaran, tidak kira umur, dari muda hingga tua. Orang muda yang selalunya suka muzik dan game dengan bunyi yang sanga kuat, berisiko tinggi untuk hilang daya pendengaran pada umur yang masih muda.

Petua-petua tersebut dipanjangkan di bawah ini….

Health Tip: Help Prevent Hearing Loss

(HealthDay News) — Repeated exposure to loud noise can permanently damage your hearing.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help reduce your risk of hearing loss:

* Stay away from loud noise whenever possible.

* Wear hearing protection — such as ear plugs — while at work at a noisy job, or while at a concert.

* Use sound-absorbing items, such as rubber mats under noisy kitchen appliances.

* Keep the volume down on the TV or radio.

* Avoid using noise to drown out other noise, such as blasting the TV so it’s louder than the vacuum cleaner.

* Get your hearing checked regularly.

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Today’s Quote – 103

“Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.” ~ Denis Waitley

Mengenali simptom emosi kemurungan

Kemurungan (depression) mudah dikenali melalui tindakan atau keadaan emosi seseorang itu. Oleh itu, mudah untuk kita menilai diri sendiri atau orang lain sama ada berada dalam keadaan kemurungan atau belum lagi mencapai keadaan tersebut.

Berikut dipanjangkan petua daripada pakar psikologi cara untuk mengenali sama ada seseorang itu berada dalam kemurungan melalui tanda-tanda emosi yang dipamerkannya….

Depression: Recognizing the Emotional Symptoms

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Common symptoms of depression can make work and daily life almost impossible. Depression can skew your view of the world, making everything seem hopeless. Depression can make you feel utterly alone.

But you’re not. Major depression affects about about 6.7% of the population 18 or older in any given year. This guide will help you recognize some of the symptoms of depression.

You may already know some of the emotional and psychological effects of depression. They include:

* Feeling sad, empty, hopeless, or numb. These feelings are with you most of the day, every day.

* Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy. You might no longer bother with hobbies that you used to love. You might not like being around friends. You might lose interest in sex.

* Irritability or anxiety. You might be short-tempered and find it hard to relax.

* Trouble making decisions. Depression can make it hard to think clearly or concentrate. Making a simple choice can seem overwhelming.

* Feeling guilty or worthless. These feelings are often exaggerated or inappropriate to the situation. You might feel guilty for things that aren’t your fault or that you have no control over. Or you may feel intense guilt for minor mistakes.

* Thoughts of death and suicide. The types of thoughts vary. Some people wish that they were dead, feeling that the world would be better off without them. Others make very explicit plans to hurt themselves. One of the best ways to prevent suicide in someone that is depressed is to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Take these signs seriously.

The good news is that depression is a treatable condition that responds to a variety of treatments.

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Subhanallah….Allahu Akbar!

Today’s Quote – 102

“Two great talkers will not travel far together.” ~ Spanish Proverb

Penyembuhan melalui tidur?

Hasil kajian dalam bidang kesihatan menunjukkan bahawa kurang tidur dikaitkan dengan pelbagai jenis penyakit seperti selesema, diabetes, sakit jantung, darah tinggi, dsb dan juga kegemukan. Ini kerana kurang tidur menyebabkan hormon menjadi tidak stabil dan ia dikaitkan dengan kurang ketahanan badan daripada serangan penyakit.

Cukup tidur (7 jam bagi dewasa) memberi peluang kepada proses pembaikan sel-sel badan secara semulajadi bagi mendapatkan kesihatan yang baik.

Artikel di bawah ini menerangkan serba sedikit tentang proses penyembuhan penyakit melalui tidur….

The Healing Power of Sleep

By Gina Shaw
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Sleep deprivation takes a toll on your mind, body, and overall health in ways that may surprise you.

Research shows that chronic lack of sleep is linked to colds and flu, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, and even obesity. So it’s natural to ask: Does getting adequate sleep protect you from illness? The answer: It helps.

“Sleep is a quiescent period where the cells are doing a lot of repairing. Your hormones act differently when you’re asleep, and your immune system as well,” says Lisa Shives, MD, DABSM, founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Chicago. “If your immune system is out of whack, you can’t fight off illness — and I would venture to say that you can’t repair your cells very well, either.”

Here are five key health problems that research shows are worsened by lack of sleep and may be improved by getting at least seven hours of sleep a night.

1. The Sleep Link to Colds and Flu

When you’re sleep deprived, you often feel “worn down” — and that’s a clue that your body is vulnerable to infection. “Not getting enough sleep makes you more vulnerable to picking up illnesses and not being able to fight them off,” says Donna Arand, PhD, DABSM, clinical director of the Kettering Sleep Disorders Center in Dayton, Ohio. “What’s going on is your immune system is degraded.” The less sleep you get, the weaker your immune system is, leaving it less able to fight off colds, flu, and other infections.

Studies have even found that being sleep deprived can affect our response to vaccines. Since your immune response is suppressed, the body is slower in response to the vaccine to build up sufficient antibodies to fight off the disease.

2. The Sleep Link to Heart Disease

Former President Bill Clinton recently confessed that he thinks lack of sleep had a lot to do with his recent hospitalization to unblock a clogged artery. “I didn’t sleep much for a month, that probably accelerated what was already going on,” Clinton said.

He’s probably right. “When you don’t get enough sleep, you have an inflammatory response in your cardiovascular system — in the blood vessels and arteries — and that’s not a good thing!” says Arand. “We see the same thing in hypertension. If that sleep deprivation continues long term, chronic inflammation has been linked to things like heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.”

3. The Sleep Link to Diabetes

The key underlying problem in type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance, where the body does not make proper use of this sugar-processing hormone. Guess what? When you’re sleep deprived, your body almost immediately develops conditions that resemble the insulin resistance of diabetes.

“In one study of young, healthy adult males, they decreased their sleep time to about four hours per night for six nights,” says Arand. “At the end of those six nights, every one of those healthy young men was showing impaired glucose tolerance, a precursor to developing diabetes.”

Another study found that people in their late 20s and early 30s who slept less than 6.5 hours per night had the insulin sensitivity of someone more than 60 years old.

4. The Sleep Link to Brain Function and Mental Health

If you’re chronically sleep deprived, you may think you’re still driving safely and performing well at your job, but you’re probably wrong. Studies have found that people who aren’t getting enough sleep drive just as unsafely as someone who’s drunk.

“We also know that people who are sleep deprived have very poor judgment when evaluating their own performance. They think they’re doing well on memory or eye-hand coordination tests, but they’re not,” says Arand. “The memory is also slightly degraded when you’re sleep deprived, and gets worse the more deprivation you have.”

5. The Sleep Link to Obesity

Can not getting enough sleep really make you fat? Several studies over the past decade point to a link between sleep deprivation and obesity — in both adults and children. In one study, people who slept five hours per night were 73% more likely to become obese than those getting seven to nine nightly hours of sleep. In fact, one study found that lack of sleep was a bigger contributor to childhood obesity than any other factor.

Nobody knows exactly why this might be, but some research has pointed to hormonal imbalances as the culprit. For example, lack of sleep has been linked to lower levels of the hormone leptin, which reduces hunger.

The good news in all this is that you can repair the damage from inadequate sleep fairly quickly. “The system is very quick to respond,” says Arand. “For example, the young men in the diabetes study returned to a normal state of glucose tolerance after just a few nights of regular sleep. Many of these conditions will repair themselves — unless, of course, you get so chronically sleep deprived that you’ve caused permanent damage to your health.”

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