Friday, May 7, 2010

Toddlers on The Couch

Before a baby is born, this little embryo stays put within the placenta inside his or her mother's womb. During this period, parents often try their very best, to spread positive influence towards the baby by doing a lot of things, such as listening to soft and orchestral music like Mozart's, reading storybook as if the baby within can listen, and of course, many other more.

No doubt, these are great and very positive exposures, and scientifically spoken, these acts can definitely cultivate certain positive attitudes and exerts preferable properties in the babies when they are born later.

So, 9 months is passed, the baby is born, what do parents do to continuing cultivate them into a better person? There are many things they do, by nurturing them, continue telling bedtime stories to them, trying their best to create strong bonds between parents and their kids. But things got a little bit out of hand if you continue reading this article.

Many parents took one of the medias for granted, which is television. The tv set is placed as usual at home, with just one press on the remote control, the screen is switched on, and adults can now start to enjoy the show screening on the tube. While children are often exposed to the television. So, what is wrong exposing a toddlers to the program which is shown in the tv set?

A recent study reveals that, for toddler whom ranged from the age of 2 to 4 years old, if they're frequently exposed to the television, this could forecast how badly the television could affect them, among the consequences are poor school adjustment, and unhealthy habits. What is more, with every additional hour of tv exposure at these ages, it simply means that they'll experience even inferior circumstance in learning in school, deterioration of their health, as well as facing the possibility of being bullied in school in later years.

Psychosocial professor at the University of Montreal, Dr. Linda S. Pagani, who was also a lead author in this study, had mentioned that the more hours these toddlers are exposed to the television, it actually corresponds to a future decrease in classroom engagement and success at math, increased victimization by classmates, have a more sedentary lifestyle, higher consumption of junk food and ultimately, these habits lead to higher body mass index.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Too Little Or Too Much?

Sleeping is always a hotly picked topic in this blog site, the reason why this happens is simply because sleeping is so important, it is so essential that, without proper sleeping period in a day, the rest of the time will turn you into a living zombie. Hence, your sleeping pattern, how long you sleep, is equally important.

Did I just mention about how long one should sleep? The problem with how long a person should sleep, exists stereotypically. Many people and even professionals believe that the length of sleeping period is very much depends on that very individually him or herself. They reckon that, certain people feel very energetic after a 6-hour sleep in one day, and others might feel very rejuvenated after an 8-hour sleep. Some might even think that they need only 4 hours of sleeping time in a day to keep them alert.

Very surprisingly (and shockingly), a recent study reveals that, if an individual sleep for less or more than 6 to 8 hours on average, they are linked to premature death. Professor Francesco Cappuccio, who authored an article in the Sleep, Health and Society Program at the University of Warwick, together with his fellow colleagues, found out that sleeping less than 6 hours could increase the risk of premature death by 12 percent higher. And the same it goes for those who sleep for 9 or more hours a night, but arguably, longer sleep increases 30 percent higher in premature death. Researchers believe that short sleep in a night is probably due to the cause of ill-health condition, while long sleep in a night is perhaps represents an indication of ill-health.