Lexi Sleep Talking

My health buzz was on Sleep Talking.

The official name for sleep talking is Somniloquy which is a sleep disorder when you talk in your sleep and you are not aware of it. I chose to do this because I know that I have talked in my sleep before, and I know that many other people have also talked in their sleep. While researching on this topic, I learned that sleep talking is more common in males and children, it’s not saying that women don’t talk in their sleep it’s just more common in males. When people talk in their sleep, people can either say complicated dialogue, monologues, or it could just be gibberish or mumbling. Studies show that the lighter the sleep the more understandable the speech. Somethings that cause sleep talking are: stress, depression, day time drowsiness, alcohol, nightmares, not getting enough sleep, and REM (rapid eye movement). My thinking has changed on this topic because I used to think that people would just randomly talk about their dreams, but now I know that there are other reasons why people talk in their sleep.    cartoon-cat-sleeping

Alicia F – Bulimia

The topic I chose was Bulimia.

Bulimia is a condition where victims usually binge and purge. Bingeing is consuming large quantities of food in a short period of time and purging is releasing that food, either by: compulsive exercising, laxative abuse or self-induced vomiting.
I decided to present on Bulimia because over 50% of teenage girls think they’re fat and because of that nerve wrecking percentage of girls, some of them might start losing weight in an unhealthy way.
I also picked this issue because in the past, and now, I have known bulimics or people are bulimic.


As I said before, this issue affects teenagers, teenage girls mostly, because it causes them to start losing weight by forcefully throwing up after eating a meal.
While studying this topic I learned that purging can also be a punishment to oneself and, also, that bulimia is often caused because of idealizing in society and culture, but also mothers being harsh on a daughters weight.

I believe that this issue can’t really ever be solved. As long as we have the ‘ideal’ person in society, people that are different will often be frowned upon. A solution, may be to actually teach teens not only what bulimia is but what it can lead up to, which is very rarely cancer. I think that knowing the dangers of a topic and the effects of it can cause less depression throughout teens.

To be concluded, this topic is very important to know so that you can help someone who can’t help themselves. And so that you can tell them what they need to hear. This is also very important because you need to know the dangers of bulimia and society needs to stop. It needs to stop making ideals, it needs to stop choosing fake skinny models, it needs to just stop. Of course everyone is scared of becoming obese, if we weren’t then we would embrace it. Bulimia is becoming a serious issue among teens, and it needs to stop. Thank you.

Interactive Reading Practice – Writing Levels of Questions

REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE 6 TOTAL TYPES of questions that fall under the categories of Side-Note Questions and Formal Questions.

Side-Note Questions:

  1. Confusion – Question that shows you don’t understand
  2. Curiosity – Question has an answer (not in text)

Formal Questions:

  1. Knowledge – brief answer (who, what, where, when)
  2. Comprehension – has a longer answer (how, why)
  3. Analysis – opinion question with limited answers
  4. Synthesis – opinion questions with variety of answers

Use these articles below to practice writing the 5 types of questions.  *Remember that the 6th, confusion question, simply asks something you are confused about so we won’t focus on it.


Article 1: Pope Francis warns on ‘piecemeal World War III’

Sample Questions:

  1. Curiosity – Why does the Pope think WWIII may have already begun?
  2. Knowledge – Where was the Pope speaking?
  3. Comprehension – Why did the Pope condemn the war?
  4. Analysis – Do you think that another world war is going to happen soon due to conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine, and parts of Africa?
  5. Synthesis – How involved do you think the church should be in terms of influencing political leaders?


Article 2: Ebola outbreak: Barack Obama ‘to pledge US troops to fight virus’

Article 3: Islamic State crisis: World leaders pledge Iraq support

Causes of WWI and the Creation of the League of Nations

We’ve talked a lot about the M.A.I.N. causes of World War I – particularly:


and how those causes not only led to war but led some individuals to believe that there was a need to create an “international community” that would prevent atrocities from happening again.

The list below sums up the concepts we’ve already discussed in class and that you should be familiar with based on our discussions and activities.

  1. Militarism
  2. Alliances
  3. Imperialism/Industrialism
  4. Nationalism
  5. League of Nations
  6. International Community
  7. Nation
  8. State
  9. Collective Security
  10. Sovereignty

Here’s the video we saw in class on the Reasons why the League Failed:

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Causes of WWI

We’ve spent some time discussing the causes of World War I and the events taking place in the 1900’s that inevitably led to the breakout of war – increased military technology, urbanization, the shift to industrialization, etc.  Below you’ll find the slides describing the M.A.I.N. causes.


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Nora – Books

My Health Buzz was on books and reading here are some of the things I learned while researching books. A book is a set of written, printed or illustrated on a leaf or page (whichever you prefer a leaf is the sheet of paper and the page is either side of the leaf) bound together in a book.

Besides being fun and entertaining reading helps teens with their learning. Research shows that teens do better in school if they read more than just what their teachers 613fff45c8b89cc93f3c948c1985c538assign to them. Firstly, reading expands your vocabulary. Also, it shows how different authors write and their writing techniques leading to you having better writing. Reading also helps you pick things up, this is good because if you pick things up you have a lot of knowledge and that is good in if not all then most of your classes.

Reading can also help you self esteem it show that everyone has problems and may even help you find solutions.

Reading can help you sleep, too! If you are having trouble sleeping it’s easy to just turn on the TV and start you favorite show… but before you do that it’s better to turn on a light and try reading a good book.

Reading may be fun but like everything else it has it’s negatives, one of these cons is eye strain. If you read too long you can get eye strain. Another con of reading is finishing books, it can be sad or depressing to finish a good book and not have anything else to read. But, if you ever have that problem just ask a friend for a good book to read next.

I think reading is fun and a great use of time. Reading has always been my favorite thing to do. I think reading is even better now that I have learned it’s educational too.

In conclusion, what I thought before is reading is only entertaining and has absolutely no other benefits. But, now I think reading in fun, cool, educational, and helps you sleep.


Natsuki – Dreaming and Nightmares

Nightmares                  By Natsuki Higuchi

The issue today is dreaming and nightmares. Lots of adults, kids and teenagers get nightmares but certain things could make us have them continuously and maybe cause by it.

Here are some examples…..

  • Certain Medicines
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Lack of sleep
  • Fever
  • Anxiety

Some are caused by emotional issues even though they seem to be unrelated to getting nightmares.

  • Changes as you move
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Stress from academics and sports


This is relevant to us because we are almost teenagers and we might go throw this problem. If we did not know how to cure it then, it will be a problem in our lives forever. I don’t think that anyone would want to have a problem in their lives forever.

So here are some solutions. The first solution is to establish a regular sleeping schedule. You could also try not to have afternoon and evening naps. Don’t take caffeine, alcohol or cigarettes especially before bedtime. Avoid midnight snacks and eating before bed. Scary and violent TV shows, movies or video games are something to stay out of. Exercise at day time and relax before sleeping. In rare occasions, some people have to go see the doctor,the counselor or the psychologists.

In conclusion, my thinking and my opinion have changed massively because I didn’t know that nightmares could affects us so much and I never knew lots of people get nightmares continuously because of simple and maybe daily things we do in life.

Keva – Peer Pressure


My health buzz topic is peer pressure.

Here is an example of peer pressure, where they’re telling the person to do something bad because then everyone will like him and he’ll ‘fit in’.

Peer pressure is when someone your age pressures you into doing something that you’re not comfortable doing. This can happen at all ages. Some positive effects of peer pressure is that one of your friends can pressure you into to finishing your homework, which is a good thing. They can encourage you to study and work harder and put more effort into things. Your peers can also cheer you on when you’re nervous, whether its for a math test or an audition. Some negative effects of peer pressure are that your classmates or peers can make you do something you’d rather not do. This can be shoplifting, for example. They force you into doing something bad because you’ll ‘fit in’. People with a lower self esteem will be affected by peer pressure more easily than a person with a high self esteem. This can affect teenagers since they are at a certain age where they spend more time with their friends, and less time with their family. The negative peer pressure could affect not only the person’s self esteem, but even their grades in school. Teenagers can also get depressed because they don’t ‘fit in’. How do you avoid negative peer pressure? Well, listen to yourself. Think about your opinion. If you don’t think whatever everyone else is doing is something you want to do, don’t do it. Plan for situations like these. Know what you’re going to say when someone tries to pressure you. It might be helpful if you also have an excuse in mind. If you don’t want to plan or make excuses, just be straightforward and say no. Sure, you might be excluded from their group, but who even cares? And finally, my favorite one, blame your parents. Just tell everyone that your mom is hunting you down, and as soon as you do anything she doesn’t consider right, she’s gonna shoot you in the eye. Trust me, it works every time. I chose the topic peer pressure because sometimes I get pressured by my friends into doing something good. It is relevant to all of us because we can all fall prey to peer pressure, not matter what age we are. I used to think that all peer pressure was bad, but now I know that peer pressure can also help someone.


Lea Anorexia

My health buzz is about Anorexia.

What is Anorexia? Anorexia is a lack or loss of appetite for food. Anorexia can make you obsessive to lose weight by refusing to eat or push yourself through excessive workout. Sometimes people starve themselves to be thin and skinny. The little they eat become an obsession. They see in their body in larger shapes and sizes than the reality.

How does it affect teenagers? Anorexia affects teenagers because at that age many people start bullying others about their weight and body shape. Then those sensitive people will start losing weight and they get obsessive about staying thin. Sometimes teenagers see models that are thin and beautiful and those teenagers get influenced by them and they try to get thin as them.

Why is this important? Anorexia is important because anyone can get that disorder. You can be skinny or not, boy or girl, rich or poor, teenager or adult and unfortunately be anorexic. You can die from it because you starve yourself to be thin and skinny when sometimes you are already skinny.

Why does it relate to me? Anorexia relates to me because one of my second cousins is anorexic and she starved herself to long that she is in a hospital right now. She is 16 years old and she weight around 30 kilos. Thank god that she accepted to be treated because if she wasn’t she could have died. It will take a long time for her to get her self-confidence back and start eating properly and gain an acceptable weight again.

How has my thinking changed? I used to think that Anorexia was just you wanting to become skinny and thin not starving yourself to become skinnier.  Now I know that Anorexia is an eating disorder that push the person anorexic to starve herself/himself to become skinnier than what they are supposed to be according to their height and/or age. The anorexic person will not see her/his real image, even skinny they will find themselves chubby.

I understand that people who are anorexic sometimes eat very little and do excessive workout to keep their weight to the ideal range. Their weight is an obsession.