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Power Nap

The Midday nap or siesta is the traditional daytime sleep of Spain, and through Spanish influence, of many Latin American countries. The concept of a midday nap is also prominent in other tropical or subtropical countries, where the afternoon heat dramatically reduces work productivity. In Bangladesh and West Bengal, the word which describes the concept is bhat-ghum, literally meaning "rice-sleep", a nap after lunch. Various researches has proved that Napping for 20 minutes can help refresh the mind, improve overall alertness, boost mood and increase productivity. So, whether you're nodding off during the afternoon slump at the office, working a double or a night shift, or fighting drowsiness while driving, a power nap can make you more alert and productive but only if you do it correctly. Remember, a power nap can only help so much. If you're sleep-deprived, you need to make up for your sleep deficit before you can realize the full benefits of power napping. Please find enclosed an interesting article on Power Nap and let us know how does it apply to you. Since the scientists are still debating as to whether or not napping is beneficial, you can also share your feedbacks as to whether it should be allowed as a practice in corporate culture.


Exercise is not just for Olympic athletes or supermodels. In fact, you're never too unfit, too young or too old to do it. Regardless of your age, gender or role in life, you can benefit from regular physical activity. If you're committed, exercise in combination with a sensible diet can help provide an overall sense of well-being and can even help prevent chronic illness, disability and premature death. Some of the benefits of increased activity are Improved Health, increased efficiency of heart and lungs, reduced cholesterol levels, increased muscle strength, reduced blood pressure, and reduced risk of major illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, weight loss. In this addition of Health & Wellness we address the Frequently Asked Questions while planning an EXERCISE schedule. And hope that you will commit at least 30 minutes out of 1440 minutes of your day to being physically active.


Experts say that 10% of us at any one time are suffering from persistent tiredness. Persistent tiredness or Fatigue is more common among women than men. General Practitioners say they regularly see patients who come in complaining of severe tiredness. As a consequence of our busy and stressful modern lifestyles, most of us will at some time experience tiredness. On most occasions, fatigue can be relieved after a good night's sleep. However, this is not the case for everybody. Some people find that tiredness becomes a chronic problem which undermines their day-to-day functioning - i.e. it significantly affects their quality of life. In this addition of Health & Wellness newsletter we attempt to highlight some common symptoms of Fatigue and its association with some serious medical issues.

Quit Smoking

Tobacco use could kill one billion people during this century. Recognizing the importance of reducing tobacco use among women, and acting upon that recognition, would save many lives.

Low Back Pain

Low Back pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder and most people will have at least one backache in their life. While such pain or discomfort can happen anywhere in your back, the most common area affected is your low back. This is because the low back supports most of your body's weight. Low back pain is the second most reason of reporting sick-- second only to colds and flues. Many back-related injuries happen at work. But you can change that. There are many things you can do to lower your chances of getting back pain. Most back problems will get better on their own. The key is to know when you need to seek medical help and when self-care measures alone will allow you to get better. In this addition of Health & Wellness Newsletter, we aim at making you well verse with the common causes, symptoms and preventive measures of Low Back Pain so that you save yourself from developing this most common musculoskeletal disorder and lead a healthy life.

Computer Vision Syndrome

As we all know that with the modernization of our workplaces & work culture, all of us spend good number of our office hours sitting in front of computers/monitors leading to the strain of our Eye musculature as well as the entire musculoskeletal system of our body. We have already shared some workstation exercises with you for complete body stretching, in addition to that we will be giving you some tips for caring of your eyes and its musculature.

Common Cold

The common cold is the most prevalent illness known to mankind. It accounts for more time lost from work than any other single condition. The infection rate varies from one individual to another. Surveys indicate that about 25 percent of the population experience four or more infections a year, 50 percent experience two or three a year, and the remaining 25 percent have one or no infections in a year. There is also some variation from year to year for each person, explained often by the amount of exposure to young children, frequent extreme changes in weather, fatigue, and other factors. The common cold affects only the upper respiratory passages: the nose, sinuses, and throat. It sometimes is associated with fever. Several viruses have been implicated as the cause for the common cold but rhinoviruses (of which there are 100 subtypes) are implicated more often than others. Colds caused by rhinoviruses occur more commonly in the winters.

Dengue Fever

Dengue is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease of humans that in recent years has become a major international public health concern. Globally, 2.5 billion people live in areas where dengue viruses can be transmitted. Symptoms of dengue are similar to that of influenza which makes it difficult to detect without a test. It leads to high fever, joint pain and headache as in influenza. Patients rarely bother to take a test unless the fever continues for a week or more. So, dengue patients are passing through the net and helping transmission. The symptoms that distinguish dengue from influenza are retro-orbital pain (pain in eyeballs), body rashes and reddening of the eyes. These are often overlooked and passed off as being associated with fever or influenza even by physicians. There have been cases where patients were treated for influenza for more than two weeks even though the symptoms suggested dengue. Since they were not kept in isolation, transmission must have happened. Unfortunately, this has been happening almost every year. Delhi & NCR has been dealing with the dengue menace for the past three months and incessant rain has worsened the problem. Hospitals have been reporting cases in which people who had been infected with the disease last year were again testing positive for dengue.

Hand Hygiene

Hand washing with soap is the single most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrhea and acute respiratory infections (ARI), as automatic behavior performed in homes, schools, and communities worldwide.

Lump or bump

At some point, you may find bumps and lumps on various places on your body -- on your arms, on your back and even in your genital region. Some of them are signs that your body is fighting an infection, while others are harmless. Sometimes a bump or lump is your body's way of telling you that something is not right and you should talk to your doctor.

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes mellitus is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness worldwide, and, it is the most common cause of blindness in people younger than 65 years of age. In addition to being a leading cause of blindness, diabetic eye disease encompasses a wide range of problems that can affect the eyes. Diabetes mellitus may cause a reversible, temporary blurring of the vision, or it can cause a severe, permanent loss of vision. Diabetes mellitus increases the risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma. Some people may not even realize they have had diabetes mellitus for several years until they begin to experience problems with their eyes or vision. Severe diabetic eye disease most commonly develops in people who have had diabetes mellitus for many years and who have had little or poor control of their blood sugars over that period of time.


Dyspepsia - often called indigestion - is a common malady that many associate with the TV ads for antacids. While dyspeptic symptoms are often caused by overeating or eating the wrong foods, the disorder can be associated with a more serious problem. Dyspepsia is one of the most common ailments of the bowel (intestines), and is a common complaint in the general population. The prevalence, demography and economic implications of dyspepsia in India are not known. However, In a recent survey conducted in Mumbai it was seen that, Dyspepsia is reported by almost one-third of the population; significant symptoms occur in 12%. Forty percent of these subjects receive treatment and only a small number undergo endoscopy or ultrasonography.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning might be described as a food borne disease. Food that contains a toxin, chemical or infectious agent (like a bacterium, virus, parasite, or prion) and cause symptoms in the body are considered types of food poisoning by most investigators. Those symptoms may be related only to the gastrointestinal tract causing vomiting or diarrhea or may involve other organs such as the kidney, brain or muscle. Typically most food borne diseases cause vomiting and diarrhea that tend to be short lived and resolve on their own, but dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities may develop. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 76 million people become ill from food related diseases each year resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.