Our body can only sustain activity for a certain period of time in a day before it needs to “recharge” with a restful sleep. One of the ways that you know that is time to rest is when the eyelids becoming “heavy”. This is a common way to describe the difficulty in keeping the eyelids open. The weight of your eyelids do not actually change. Instead the eyelid muscles become tired and experience difficulty in keeping the lids opened. However, there are times when you have no choice but to ignore this signal or continue to have heaviness of the eyelids despite having slept adequately.
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Celiac disease is a condition that is receiving much more attention these days. Up until 2003, there was still uncertainty as to whether it should be classified as a condition on its own. However, a better understanding about the condition and public awareness means that celiac disease is now getting the recognition particularly in the media. But celiac disease is more than just gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy. The range of foods that can be a problem to a person suffering with celiac disease can extend well beyond what is thought to be a trigger.
Ideally every person with celiac disease should consult with a registered dietitian or nutritionist for a comprehensive eating plan that is individually tailored to the patient’s personal and cultural taste preferences. Unfortunately this is not always possible and many patients are misled into believing that they can safely consume many foods that are actually not suitable.
Pain in the knee is one of the most common joint pains that affects most of us. Since the knees have to bear most of the body weight yet have the flexibility to allow us to move on two legs, it is understandable that it can be easily strain, injured and prone to disease. Knee pain is a common symptom of both acute and chronic knee problems. It may at times require medical or even surgical treatment. Simple measures can assist with relieving and even preventing knee pain but this should not preclude the necessity of drugs and surgery in some cases.
Knee pain should always be investigated by a doctor especially if it occurs frequently and is accompanied by joint stiffness. Osteoarthritis is a common condition that occurs as a person gets older and knee pain may be the first symptom. Other serious joint conditions that also need medical attention includes rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. However, these conditions are not the only cause of knee pain.
In acute cases, knee pain may be due to joint injury, muscle strain or sprained ligaments and simple measures at home may be sufficient to manage the pain. Acute cases often resolve on their own in time. It is important to reduce the strain on the joint and allow the knee to heal properly to ensure that an acute injury does not lead to chronic problems.
Hunger is one sensation that we all understand from the time of birth. It compels us to find food and eat it, or as is the case with infants, to alert caregivers about the desire to feed. What we all expect is to feel satisfied after eating which means that the sensation of hunger subsides. Both satiety and hunger are at two ends of the spectrum governed by specific centers in the brain. However, there are instances where a person may continue to feel hungry after eating. Or at times hunger starts after eating. This is not considered to be normal.
So why would a person feel hungry after eating? It is often not serious. Eating a little more or having another meal may do the trick. But there are also instances where hunger can be a sign of certain diseases. If the feeling of hunger after eating recurs frequently or leads to changes in appetite then it needs to be investigated further. Naturally a person may start to eat more on a daily basis and would even gain weight. However, in some diseases the constant hunger and increased appetite may not lead to weight gain. In fact a person may be losing weight instead.
Perspiration is one of the main ways that the body keeps cool. But it can be bothersome at times, especially when you are perspiring excessively and in awkward places. Despite being a normal process, perspiration and particularly excessive perspiration does hold some social stigma. While it is quite acceptable to be sweating on a hot day or after a strenuous workout, most of us would prefer not to perspire or at least not to visibly show signs of it at times. One of the more embarrassing experiences is when our hands and palms perspire as it is the main appendage by which we make social contact and function in daily life.