Hard of hearing

Immune

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Today I read in a newspaper article today something that I have always suspected, but what has now been confirmed to me. People who do not sleep enough have four times more chance of colds. Lack of sleep weakens the immune system and one becomes more sensitive to diseases such as colds. The results of the research were published in the newspaper Sleep.

I have been feeling this for a long time because I usually catch a cold when I am tired (due to sleep deprivation, getting up very early, etc.) and often in combination with drought (see also my blog contribution A cold). Of course, I know that I have to take care of myself and my immune system. That means: make sure I get enough vitamins, enough sleep and not exceeding my limits.

This sounds quite true and reasonable, but in practice it is very difficult! If you are still relatively young and have many plans, you don’t want to restrict yourself too much. In the meantime, I have learned to say no from time to time, but on the other hand, I don’t want to feel like an old woman when I leave a party or a meeting early because my body can’t cope going to bed too late. Sometimes you just want to stay because it’s so cozy. But I always feel that my body gets confused for days on end. For me, it is always a dilemma and I always have to consider what is and what is not possible. And normally, this is going well. I try to spread my activities as much as possible and try to sleep enough.
You need a bit of organizational talent for healthy and good activity planning. I have mentioned this skill on my CV by the way.

But did you know that fatigue is one of the most common complaints of hearing impaired people? The energy for listening and communicating ensures that many people with hearing problems have left little energy in the evening. The communication and communication courses for people with hearing loss are therefore primarily aimed at communicating in the most energy-saving way possible.

So, if you meet me or other people with hearing impairments and we say that we need a break in the conversation or want to leave a party sooner than the others, don’t forget that we don’t want to be spoilers, but only need to pay attention to our well-being so that we can function properly every day. Of course, exceptions are not excluded, because we are all human beings…..

Oh, and the above mentioned research gave me another valid excuse to sleep. Maybe I should do an afternoon nap every day? How do you think about this?

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