Archive for September, 2014

9-23-14, “Sleep for Teenagers.”

“Teens and Sleep.” Sleep for Teenagers. National Sleep Foundation, n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2014. <http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/teens-and-sleep>.

While there is no real author of the article posted, I’m going to assume that there was one or more writers with very extensive knowledge of how sleep and teenagers go together since this was posted to the National Sleep Foundation website, whose purpose is to help inform Americans about the benefits of sleep and many topics surrounding sleep.

The authors of this piece state that sleep is important to all, but especially important to teenagers because we are still developing, whereas adults are fully developed. They also state that teens need almost a full extra hour more sleep per night than adults, something which is increasingly difficult to attain. Since teenagers are still developing, having a sleep schedule that changes too much on a weekly basis can be harmful in the long run.

While I agree that there is major importance to getting enough sleep, it’s nearly impossible for many teenagers to reach that nine hour threshold, many rarely even get eight on a school night. With homework, work, school and family, there’s no way to get it all into one 24 hour span. In order for that to happen, many students would have to pick and choose what to do when to get that much sleep. And that then comes down to, do I spend time with my family tonight or try and cram in some homework before bed, which just seems unfair to all. However, I don’t have a solution to figuring out how to have teens get everything done and still get enough sleep.

 

9-18-14, “Sleep Benefits…”

Scott, Elizabeth. “The Overwhelming Support and Benefits of Power Napping.”About.com. About.com, n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.

Elizabeth Scott is a stress management expert and an award-winning blogger about stress and life. Her passion is to help others live healthier lives.

Scott states that there are benefits to mid-day power naps for everyone, whether the person gets the recommended 8 hours asleep, especially for those that don’t meet that minimum sleep requirement. These mid-day naps will also help relieve every day stresses. Whether or not someone takes a ┬ánap or just meditates, there are similar benefits to doing either. By bringing up the negatives of not getting enough sleep, Scott shows that it’s more than being relaxed and not enough sleep does have harmful effects in both long and short term.

Napping is essential for functioning. Sure, it’d be great to be in a world where everyone gets enough sleep, but that is not always the case. In order to counteract that, naps should be a necessity, or at least down time in the middle of the day should be. Anything that can help get your mind off of the day to day stress is going to help increase the overall productivity of a group or an individual person.

 

9-17-14, “His + Her Sharpie Mug DIY.”

Elsie, and Emma. “A Beautiful Mess – A Blog by Elsie + Emma.” A Beautiful Mess. N.p., 17 June 2012. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.

Elsie and Emma are two females who blog about their DIY projects and ideas. Together, they created a blog format to show off their creations and make them available to others by giving step by step instructions on how to make each project.

The project includes some basic around the house objects, just Sharpies and old or secondhand mugs or plates. Once your design is done, just bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. These mugs hold up super well, through scrubbing and the dishwasher.

Couples mugs are cheesy and cliche. Honestly, it’s gross, but the idea is a good one. Having the ability to recreate something out of relatively little and make it your own is awesome. This would be even better if it worked on all Sharpie colors and mug colors and types. However, I don’t think that this is something that I would do unless someone asked me to.

9-4-14, “Lawsuits Against Fast-Food Restaurants Are an Effective Way to Combat Obesity.”

“Lawsuits Against Fast-Food Restaurants Are an Effective Way to Combat Obesity.” Testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., 19 June 2003.

John H. Banzhaf III started the movement of legal action against obesity, specifically against fast food cause obesity. He began this campaign against fast food after his earlier success doing the same thing with the tobacco industry. He is, also, a lobbyist for the U.S. Government.

In his article, with a really long title as seen above, Banzhaf and his hatred of fast food due to the supposed link between that and obesity, are horribly obvious. The author states that because Congress has done nothing to stop this “epidemic,” that the average American should take it into their own hands. But by what means? By suing these large fast food giants. Not only that, but he believes that the fast food companies should take it upon themselves to disclose the nutritional information as well as offer other nutritional options to those that “find it inconvenient to eat elsewhere.”

It’s not the corporations’ personal fault that there has been a steady increase of obesity both here in America and throughout the whole world, but the individuals that eat there more than they know they should. This article is a little dated, and by a little; I mean 11 years. Since then, there have been many changes similar to those that Banzhaf advocated for, but the more healthy looking options are normally just as bad for you and cost much more. It is not the fault of one company, or companies, but rather the persons who should know better than to eat fast food all the time. It is those people that should take responsibility for their health problems instead of blaming them on someone else.

 

9-4-14, “Obesity: Much of the Responsibility Lies with Corporations.”

“Much of the Responsibility Lies with Corporations.” Z Magazine, Vol. 16, Dec. 2003. Reprinted by permission of Z Communication.

Yves Engler is Canadian. Often seen as radical, he’s written articles for several well-known (if you’re Canadian) newspapers.

Engler believes that, like many other people, that it is the fast food companies fault. He states a lot of changes over time in the fast food costs, markets, and even other companies besides the fast food ones. Engler hits on the point that because the ads are so enticing and the serving facts aren’t clearly read that it is the industry’s fault that Americans are obese.

 

Personally, I think Engler needs a reality check. He is pointing the blame at everyone else first before he blames himself. He, as a consumer, is the only one at fault. Sure, the ads are enticing and the food sounds good on occasion, but self-control – something that isn’t emphasized today as much as it was fifty years ago – is the most important tool to combating this epidemic. If lazy people are suing people because they couldn’t make the smart decision of saying NO to that super sized meal, then what will happen to our nation? With these lazy people in charge, the fast food industry is getting a lot of attention.