Music speaks.

Kingston University students are inspiring and creating memories through music with a positive impact for others mental health.

Music from passionate local DJ Matt Brown often performs at Hippodrome boosting confidence and portraying an understanding for music.

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DJ Matt Brown, 21, film production student speaks out about his experience with music said, ” The first music I listened to were The Beatles. The first album was Da Funk by Daft Punk. I loved everything about electronic music. Sometimes, I got into trouble for playing it too loud. I switched from indie rock to heavy duty to drum and bass to hip hop. Now I listen to a variety of things but I mainly focus on breaks, progressive, and electro. Every morning I have to hear music. It effects your mood and gives me energy. When I hear a new piece of music, I get excited. Then all I can think about is mixing it with something. When djing I feel in control, deciding what music to play. It’s very rewarding to see people dancing and enjoying the music. I think that there could definitely be a link between music and mental health.” Matt believes that music is built into our system for people wanting to follow a beat.

Imagine that moment when you hear a song, this powerful energy is created. That feeling compares to nothing. Music appeals to many parts of one’s soul. When at a concert, listening to the radio or your ipod, your body and mind can change as the songs change. When words fail, music speaks. Music can take you back to a particular time, place in your life, thought of a person, location or event that has happened, whether good or bad.

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James Andrews, 21, sociology student said, “Music helps to express and find one’s self. Music brings people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. The crowd has this energy, this collective conscious. There’s a sense that everyone is enjoying the music together.”

According to Science Daily, music has an important part in life. There are connections between music, language, emotions and mental health. Music tends to enhance performance for brain processing of cognition. University of Salford has even done research for music to be used for treating certain conditions Then the use of music has brought back memories and coded information. Also, the Music And Change association has devoted themselves to promote positive mental health through innovative ways for the  youth.

For history Greek philosopher, Aristotle once said, “Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.” It’s wonderful how words make you think a thought.  Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought. There would be reason to go mad if there was no music which relates to one’s mental health.

Generally, music contributes to thought process, healing, proven to help slow down heart rates and blood pressure, reduce stress, speech therapy, encourage better breathing and help people rest, relax and recover. Students can benefit from these areas in health. Then to listen and connect mentally, just empty your mind and stop thinking about anything to just, simply be. The song Superheroes by You Love Her Cos She’s Dead really portrays feeling the music to lighten one’s mood.

Sleep.

After this year’s health week at Kingston University, students discovered the effects of sleeping disorders and ways to cope.

Insomnia appeared to be most popular among university students, often experiencing difficulties sleeping, falling asleep and staying awake.

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Carl McClelland, 20, chemistry student said, “At night, I talk to my girlfriend in Greece. She’s ahead by two hours so time difference is an issue. Then if I’m sleepy, I take a nap which affects sleeping at night so I watch a documentary to help me sleep. I need background noise to sleep. I get seven hours of sleep. And my biological clock is set to 8am since I wake up at that time everyday. ”

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The biological clock has an impact on how students sleep and wake up everyday. It’s difficult to learn, set and adjust yourself to create decent sleeping patterns. Also a student’s setting, the exposure to daylight will determine one’s able activity during the day and night. Usually, the clocks can be trained to work the way you would like.

The National Sleep Foundation highlighted how sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing. Still many people lack sleep and suffer. There are 60 percent of adults who have sleep problems a few nights a week or more. Most are not diagnosed or treated. Then these same people experience fatigue during the daytime interfering with activities.

Michael Spiteri, 20, sports science student said, “I feel lethargic when I’m awake, it’s frustrating. It affects university because I have no consistency in sleeping. I sleep different hours each day and never at the same time. I’ve missed several lectures at univeristy from lack of sleep. I’ve had many restless nights. I’ve tried to watch a movie which works sometimes. To stay awake during the day, I drink energy drinks such as Monster and Rockstar. Sometimes I even drink three cups of coffee to remain awake.”

Tudor Rusu, 21, engineering student said, “I don’t have a sleeping pattern. I can only sleep for four hours. On an average day, I fall asleep in the early hours around six or seven am. Then when I wake up, I drink Red Bull, Boost or coffee. Most of the time, I have all nighters while playing the computer game, Counterstrike . For some reason, smoking helps me to sleep though. I feel chill and relaxed.”

The problem as said in the movie, Fight Club, “When you have insomnia, you are never really awake and you are never really asleep.” Therefore at times, students find it challenging to sleep with many other things going on in their lives.

Tips on falling asleep include relax take it easy, take a warm bath, darkness, lie down, bore yourself to sleep, eating three hours prior to sleep, avoid smoking before bed, let go of your thoughts from during the day and reading before bed to make the eyes tired or listen to The Strokes song, Fear Of Sleep.

If you are sleeping at the wrong times, it may affect your health and aspects of your life according to The Daily Mail. These effects can be seen in the film, The Machinist.

Flavor of the week

Diet Pepsi has released a new beverage to celebrate”beautiful and confident women” for New York’s 2011 Fall Fashion Week.

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The product is promoting if you are slim, you are beautiful. This is a ridiculous message towards young women. People should appreciate what they have since society creates enough social pressures for youth.

Teresa Correia, 20, film student said, ” I do not like or drink Pepsi. I think that it’s a matter of stereotypes. The promotion of a drink in relation to being skinny is relatively offensive and encourages to buy the product and not the health of the people!  Also it can prove to be a negative consequence and affect the health of young female students.” Pepsi should think of a different strategy.

From the Daily News, “Diet Pepsi has a long history of celebrating women through iconic fashion imagery seen in our infamous and historical campaigns. Our slim, attractive new can is the perfect complement to today’s most stylish looks,” said Jill Beraud, the Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo.

Alexia Commatas, 20, journalism student said, ” Female students opinions are affected immensely when it comes to the topic of health issues. Anorexia has always been the main focus for young women so seeing these skinny models in the ads inspires them to be like them.” Focusing on the physical elements of the beverage make female students feel self-conscious about their personal image. For the targeted audience, the word ‘skinny’ shapes the path for eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

The National Eating Disorders association released a statement to the press. “PepsiCo’s comments are both thoughtless and irresponsible. Their shameful misdirection is further exemplified by tying the launch of this offensive marketing campaign to Fashion Week, where women’s body types are atypical at best and unhealthy as to be fatal at worst,” said Lynn Grefe, the association’s president. Yet this is ironic because it’s a soda company relating to health issues.

The way the market is aiming the product as skinny to attract women since it’s labeled as skinny is wrong. To associate being tall, stylish, attractive and skinny sets this ideal image of how Pepsi’s allegedly believes a woman should be. It can be confirmed by typing ‘tall stylish attractive skinny woman’ into google image search engine and the new slender cylinder can, Diet Pepsi comes up in results.

This is not quite the innovative design PepsiCo company was hoping for. Hannah Macneill, 20, English student said, “I drink Pepsi Max or Diet Pepsi. I think it’s potentially dangerous but I also think it’s very effective advertising. Most young women have skewed perceptions of health and nutrition, exacerbated by many factors and the promotion of  ‘diet’ products is one of them. Diet drinks alter with your appetite, metabolism and body dissatisfaction with a mental link between being thin and being happy which can totally swing someone over the edge.” Therefore, the campaign can be seen as offensive to female students’ health, mentally and physically.

Food shopping this weekend

Student diets are suffering after the supermarket costs escalate.

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As prices have risen at local student supermarket Sainsbury’s,  students are finding it difficult to buy the necessary items on their grocery lists which affects their eating habits.

An average university student grocery list:

-Apples

-Grapes

-Yogurt

-Cereal

-Chips

-Cheese

-Salami/Ham/Turkey

-Bread

-Salad

-Tomatoes

-Rice

-Pasta

-Chicken/Beef

-Orange Juice

-Beer

Yet now , walking through the aisles, many things were not checked off on the list since the students simply could not afford them. James Andrews, 21, Kingston University student said: ” It’s been hard to buy food. Some things that I would normally buy, I can not pay for now. I have to decide what I need most.”

For instance, supermarket brand penne pasta that used to be  £1.11 is now £1.35 per package. Also, plain Carr’s crackers are now £1.07 where before they were 99 pence. They are not huge jumps but students have been disadvantaged when they realize at the register and have to put a couple things back.

Students have been eating less. Some days they go without food. These are hard times students are going through right now. No parents are around to guide you in the right direction. They are making the decisions.

Still not eating from all the food groups can affect how the body and brain function. The diets may then conflict with university as a student’s sleeping habits changing.

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