Ruitong – Sleep

I chose this issue because I want to know more about sleep and how it affects our health. It affects me because sometimes I felt like I didn’t have enough sleep, so I wanted to know the importance of sleeping. I know that sleep is really important, it affects your health, it affects the function of your brain and body, and that teenagers should get about 8-10 hours of sleep everyday. It connects to me because sometimes I only have about 6 hours of sleep, and sometimes I have more than 10 hours of sleep. I learned that we should have a regular sleep schedule, but sometimes it’s hard to follow the schedule. This issue is important to me because I want to know how does sleep work. It affects teenagers because most of them doesn’t get enough sleep. They often check their social media, play games, do homework, etc. If they don’t get enough sleep or don’t have a regular sleeping schedule, then they will be tired and won’t do well in school, which means that their grade will get lower.

I learned that sleep is a dynamic activity, and that there are 5 phases of sleep: stages 1, 2, 3, 4, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. We spend almost 50 percent of our total sleep time in stage 2 sleep, about 20 percent in REM sleep, and the remaining 30 percent in the other stages. During stage 1, which is light sleep, we drift in and out of sleep and can be awakened easily. Our eyes move very slowly and muscle activity slows. When we enter stage 2 sleep, our eye movements stop and our brain waves become slower. In stage 3, extremely slow brain waves called delta waves begin to appear, interspersed with smaller, faster waves. By stage 4, the brain produces delta waves almost exclusively. It is very difficult to wake someone during stages 3 and 4, which together are called deep sleep. There is no eye movement or muscle activity. When we switch into REM sleep, our breathing becomes more rapid, irregular, and shallow, our eyes jerk rapidly in various directions, and our limb muscles become temporarily paralyzed. Our heart rate increases, and our blood pressure rise. It expanded my learning because I didn’t know that before. I only knew that there are light sleep and deep sleep. My opinion about this issue is that sleep is really important for us because it affects our brain and body a lot. It was interesting to learn about how does sleep works, the 5 phases of sleep, and how to sleep better. My thinking has changed because now I knew the importance of sleep and its benefits for us.


Shamir – Homeopathy

homeopathy-imageThe topic i chose was homeopathy,  homeopathy is an alternative form of medicine designed to treat many illnesses or problems that comes in many different forms. It works with the person, rather than on the person. I chose homeopathy because my mom has been doing homeopathy for 5 years and i have started to get really interested into the topic. It is something that has helped me and my family and it can save someone’s life. My sister’s vision and bones was saved by homeopathy, she got hit in the face by a baseball bat, and it caused a ruptured (broke open) eyeball and 5 broken bones in the face. Surgery right after the incident saved her eye, but she was scheduled to have 7 more surgeries, but none of them pushed through because we used homeopathy. Now if you see her, you would never think anything tragic happened thanks to homeopathies large contribution on helping the situation. I knew that homeopathy was a substance that could heal people that came in forms but I never really studied deep into it. It helps teenagers by solving some issues they have specifically in their age, it helps with with peer pressure, addiction, depression and much more. I can connect to the effects of homeopathy as when I never used it, i would use antibiotics way more often and some of the problems I have had never got solved easily. Since homeopathy can work with the body, It has helped my body overcome problems faster as it is like a gym coach pushing student to work harder.

I never knew how it could help with the body and not on the body. I also didn’t know the latin symbolism behind everything. It expanded my learning as I learned how it has a huge safety advantage over western medicines and I learned how they can really affect you negatively. In my opinion, I think homeopathy is great as there are barely any side effects that go with it and it still gets the job done. I was surprised by the amount of latin symbolism that went with it, and how it can really relate to real life experiences. My thinking has changed as i never knew all the negative effects of western medicines as studying about this topic, taught me a lot about other topics as well. People think if you take the wrong remedy, there will be a lot of negative effects, this thinking is wrong as trying different remedies won’t affect you highly. This can solve almost any problem that you have but a problem with this is you have to find the right remedy. If you study research about the topic enough you will be confident in what remedies to use. It influences my learning about wellness as this is a whole new way of thinking of medicines and it has changed my thinking of western medicines.

Maxinne – Good and Bad Stress

    I chose this issue because I see stress all around me and, I want to see whats the difference between good and bad stress. It affects me because I can go through stress from school also my family can get stressed from their work. I already know is that stress is a normal thing that everybody goes through, and that there’s good and bad types. It’s relevant to me because I experience both types, for example I’m excited for a new movie. Another example of stress is when 5 minutes before class, I realized there’s a test. It affects teenagers more because they don’t know how to handle their stress issues. Some of their issues include frustrations and schoolwork, negative feelings and thoughts about themselves, hormone changes, or drama with friends and schoolmates.

     I learned that good stress or what psychologists call  refer as “eustress” which kind of gives you the feel or excitement, this kind of stress can also motivate you. Like when you ride a rollercoaster or presenting a well worked on project. Stress becomes bad when its prolonged and constant, or chronic. Bad stress has negetive effect physically, emotionally, and psycologically. It doesn’t happen short term. Immediate stress is not actually bad. It has expanded my learning to know because now I know that not all stress is bad and that stress is normal. I think that more people should know about the different types of stress and how to handle it. I was surprised that immediate or short term stress is not bad. Now, I look at stress differently and less negatively. People usually think that stress is only bad and no good. But, stress is a natural thing and is simply a reaction. You should know how to handle it properly. The problems of this issue include heart disease, depression, headaches, and diabetes. My thinking in wellness has changed and it has made me see things differently.

These are some things you can do if you feel stress out.


Hannah – Sleep Deprivation

Girl asleep while class is occurring.

This image relates to my issue since it shows how the people around the girl are performing well in class, while the girl is sleeping probably due to the fact she didn’t have enough sleep the night before. This shows how sleep deprivation affects our performance in school.

I picked this issue because I, myself has also been experiencing lack of sleep and I was really curious on how it could affect our body. Some connections I have from sleep deprivation is that I also experience the symptoms of sleep deprivations such as yawning too much and loss of concentration. This expands my learning since doing during and after doing more research on this topic helped me know how it can actually cause deadly diseases and scared me since I have been sleeping very late during weekdays and waking up early. This issue is relevant to me since I feel like sleep an essential in our lives and depriving it to us could cause some negative effects to our body physically,emotionally and mentally. Sleep deprivation is important because not getting enough sleep or having sleep difficulties can limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. You may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life. This issue affects teenagers because Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field. Also remember that a brain that is hungry for sleep will get it, even when people don’t expect it. For example, drowsiness and falling asleep at the wheel cause more than 100,000 car crashes every year. When you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness.Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week — they typically stay up late and sleep in late on the weekends,which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep.

I learned from this issue sleep is as important to the human body as food and water, but many of us don’t get enough sleep. Insufficient sleep, inadequate quality of sleep or disruptions to the sleep-wake cycle (such as those that occur with shift work or traveling to a different time zone) have consequences for how we function in the daytime, causing sleepiness and fatigue. I think that sleep deprivation is a really important health issue that every teen/child should know more about and that it could affect our performance in everyday life. My thinking was changed since it made me scared that if I continue my habit of sleeping late during school days, I could catch the diseases/illness it gives. This influences my thinking on wellness by acquiring and connecting to some of our topics in class, for example some of the diseases mentioned here are identical to some of the effects of smoking a cigarette.

Yerin – Synesthesia

download-2My health buzz topic is SYNESTHESIA. Synesthesia is when a person’s five senses are all connected, or jumbled up  to each other. For example, a person with synesthesia might see certain colours if they hear a certain sound. They might also see colours if they smell a certain scent, etc. I chose this topic because in one of my favorite books, the main character had synesthesia and that’s when I was first interested in this topic. Another connection is that my cousin has synesthesia and she often tells me about how certain things look like to her. I found it very fascinating at first, I thought it didn’t affect people that much, but there is so much more than just seeing colours. If you have this symptom, your brain is jumbling all the wires of the five senses and mixing it all up and there are many effects from synesthesia; good and bad. I think this symptom is very important because those who have this and is around people who don’t know about this, misunderstand what the person with synesthesia is going through, and although this symptom may not sound familiar to a lot of people, a lot of people have it and for those in our age, they can easily feel that they are different from other people and can make them feel all sorts of feelings.

There are loads of pros and cons in synesthesia. They are all very fascinating and interesting, almost as if it is magic. Some people with synesthesia say they can identify liars because like I said before, some people can see colours from sounds. If a person talks and the colour is different from their normal colour when they speak, they can tell if they are lying or not, because they can “see” their voice. Also, when someone sees a word, they can identify if it is spelled right or not because for them, each letter has a colour. These are all very interesting and almost unreal pros. However, people with synesthesia tend to have a learning disability because of all the colours. For example, they can’t easily read or write because they find it incredibly difficult to mix all the letters that have very different colours together and create a word. They can even taste colour and sometimes they really can’t deal with some colours or words that leave a taste in their mouth that they hate and often tend to be stubborn to interact with certain things. While everyone thinks that synesthesia is just a random symptom, it is actually a disease. I think that this is easily misunderstood that synesthesia is only a fascinating thing, but it has more cons to it than pros.

Video Games – Rooney Rojas

Today I will be talking about Video Games. Why? Because today, a lot of teens use and play video games, meaning they are exposed to them almost everyday. I also chose this topic because I myself am a gamer.

So who created the first video game? William Higinsbotham created the first video game. It was called Tennis for Two, like Pong.

So how do video games affect us. Mostly mentally. it can improve your memory, improve your coordination, relieve stress, help you focus, and of course, make new friends. it can also help you be more attentive and can maybe train you to be a future surgeon.

To conclude, video games are essential to our everyday lives because we have so much technology, you could see someone playing video games right now, it is also essential because it has various effects on you, which can help you in school.