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Nine sleep myths debunked

admin March 12, 2018 0

Researchers say a human's body clock changes throughout their life and is affected by several factors, such as getting enough sunlight and genetics.  (Shutterstock/File)

Sleep is essential for our health as it allows our body to regain its immunity, balances our hormone levels, decreases our blood pressure and cleans toxins from our brain, among others.

There is research and studies that explore sleep, but you will be surprised to find many news or notions that you’ve heard to be merely a myth.

Below are several of those myths about sleep that are untrue as compiled by kompas.com:

1. You can strive to become a morning person

The matter of becoming a morning person is actually more complex than it seems as there are several factors that affect a person’s chronotype, which relates to the tendency of someone to ….

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Stubborn people tend to live longer, says study

admin March 9, 2018 0

According to a joint study by researchers from University of Rome La Sapienza in Italy and University of California San Diego School, those who possess qualities of positivity and stubbornness and who have a conscientious work ethic lived far longer than their counterparts. (Shutterstock/File)

Stubbornness is oftentimes the cause of conflict among work peers, but the trait could actually help individuals prolong their lives.

According to a joint study by researchers from University of Rome La Sapienza in Italy and University of California San Diego School, those who possess qualities of positivity and stubbornness and who have a conscientious work ethic lived far longer than their counterparts.

Studying the mental and physical health levels of Italians subjects between the ages of 90 and 101, the group discovered that the elderly participants all carried the same traits and …

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Aromas, music help reduce stress in workplaces

admin March 5, 2018 0

Experts say having green plants and pleasant aromas in the workplace reduces stress. (Shutterstock/-)

The lemon scent wafting from an aroma diffuser and the sight of green plants greet employees when they arrive for work at Mitsui Designtec Co., a Tokyo-based interior design company. The effect of the aroma diffuser and potted plants, placed by the window or on top of round tables, helps relieve the stress of employees.

Some say they feel “as if they’re working in a garden”.

Efforts to improve working environments through pleasant aromas or background music are spreading among companies, so employees can relax and concentrate on their tasks. The implementation of stress checks (see below), which became mandatory in December 2015,

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Three health issues desk job workers must watch out for

admin February 26, 2018 0

Sitting for long hours in front of the computer can affect your posture, causing muscular and skeletal problems such as back and neck pain. (Shutterstock/File)

Working in an air-conditioned office and sitting comfortably at a desk may seem like the ideal working conditions. The job may come with considerably lower health risks than jobs such as working in a factory or in construction.

However, it does not necessarily mean office workers are completely safe from occupational health risks.

Kompas.com has compiled a list of three health problems office employees working desk jobs are vulnerable to.

Muscle and bone structure problems

Sitting for long hours in front of the computer can affect your posture, causing muscular and skeletal problems such as back and neck pain.

The body is designed to be active, according to kompas.com. When you are walking, for example, the abdominal muscles work to support the body to stand in an erect posture. The muscles don’t work as much when you are sitting down, which can lead to them becoming …

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Living from the heart: Know your values first

admin February 23, 2018 0

Living from the heart: Know your values first

Every day, we make decisions based on what is important to us.

When we start our day, we decide whether we will eat breakfast or not. If yes, we make another decision: Will we eat healthy or unhealthy food? In the afternoon, we make the food decision again, yet this time, we have to choose how to manage the aftereffects of food on our body. Will we compromise our best work performance for the tired feeling we get after eating, or make a preventive plan to make the most of our jobs while efficiently managing the post-lunch effects?

The answer to the last question reveals what is more important or valuable to us: our health or our careers. As you may have already guessed, these scenarios can be applied to …

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Think like a startup in these four steps

admin February 19, 2018 0

The advancement of technology infrastructure has facilitated the growth of more digital startups and it turns out these companies tend to share a similar style in conducting their work. (Shutterstock/File)

Born out of the heart of innovation, Silicon Valley, the emergence of digital startups is a business trend that is increasingly being adopted in different parts of the world. The advancement of technology infrastructure, particularly broadband and the devices that connect it, makes the spread even more significant.

Such progression has facilitated the growth of more digital startups and it turns out these companies tend to share a similar style in conducting their work. Be it in terms of mindset, work ethics, or how culture is ….

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Startup 101: Where and what you should study

admin February 12, 2018 0

One common assumption is that we need to take a tech-related major to found a tech-based startup. In reality, the majority of Indonesian startup founders do not have a tech background. (Shutterstock/File)

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking 2017/2018 shows that two Indonesian universities have upped their position. The University of Indonesia (UI) went up from place 325 to place 277 and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) rose from 401 to 331.

Deciding where to go for higher education is a challenge for Indonesian youth, just as it is for their counterparts across the world. Several questions come into mind: Which university should I go to? Should I study in Indonesia or abroad? What major should I take …

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Survey lists automotive companies with hardest job interviews

admin February 6, 2018 0

A survey lists six automotive companies with the hardest job interviews. (Shutterstock/File)

A survey by Jobplanet.com, an online community platform that shares information about companies and the world of work, has been released that lists automotive companies with the most difficult job interviews.

The list, which comprises six companies, is based on a survey conducted from August 2015 to May this year and involved 3,000 participants who were interviewed for jobs by automotive companies. Scores from one to five are given, representing…

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5 overlooked secrets of a great email

admin January 29, 2018 0

Whether you are a sales person, account manager, content marketer, public relations specialist, or any profession that uses email for day-to-day communication, sending the right email to the right contact will increase the success rate. (Shutterstock/File)

Email is the most used tool for communication at the workplace, yet also the most misunderstood.

As a content marketer at a Kuala Lumpur-based startup that operates in seven Southeast Asian countries, I used email for 90 percent of my external communication. Poorly written, unclear, misleading or ineffective emails cause not only a loss of time and productivity, but they also harm one’s reputation as it leaves a poor impression on the receiver.

I spent a lot of time reading articles about email outreach and conducted a/b testing to see which type of email is effective for…

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7 weird jobs you never knew existed

admin January 22, 2018 0

These weird jobs sound both funny and unexpected. (Shutterstock/-)

Before reading, answer me, what do you do for a living? Are you a teacher? Editor or lawyer? That would be too normal compared to the jobs here.

Here are some weird jobs that sound both funny and unexpected. Let’s take a look.

Beggars in Dubai

Is begging a job? You may wonder. According to a recent survey, the average monthly”salary” of each of the 59 detained beggars in Dubai is about $73,000.

Pet food tester

Have you ever tasted the food your beloved pet lives on? If you can’t wash it down with anything, a pet food tester can help to…

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