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Swiss Ambassador congratulates UTAR and LiveLife Biosciences AG

Sungai Long, Selangor, 9 September, 2020

Her Excellency Madam Andrea Reichlin, the Ambassador of Switzerland in Malaysia and delegates from LiveLife Biosciences AG were at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Sungai Long Campus on 7 September 2020 for a presentation by LiveLife Biosciences AG on the outcome of two studies conducted by UTAR Faculty of Science (FSc) Head of the Department of Allied Health Sciences, Dr Chee Huei Phing, on their product, RILAX. In conjunction with this presentation is a token of appreciation presented to Dr Chee by LiveLife Biosciences AG for her efforts in conducting the two studies on RILAX.
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Prof Ewe (left) receiving the certificate from Mr Lim (right) witnessed by Her Excellency Madam Andrea Reichlin
UTAR President Ir Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat welcomed Her Excellency and the guests. LiveLife Biosciences AG Vice President Mr Lim Siang Wee presented the outcome of the studies on the product, RILAX. Also present were, LiveLife International (2002) Pte Ltd Chief Operating Officer Ms Aileen Chan, Export and Investment Promotion Switzerland Trade Advisor Ms Pung Siau Wei, LiveLife Sdn Bhd Marketing Manager Ms Elaine Khoo, UTAR Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Ir Prof Dr Yow Ho Kwang, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean Emeritus Prof Dr Cheong Soon Keng, Faculty of Accountancy and Management Dean Dr Sia Bee Chuan, Faculty of Creative Industries Dean Dr David Tneh Cheng Eng, Division of Community and International Networking Director Assoc Prof Dr Lai Soon Onn, Division of Corporate Communication and Public Relations Director Ms Ong Soo Weon. Centre for Extension Education Director Ir Dr Lim Jee Hock, Division of Community and International Networking Deputy Director Dr Chen, I-Chi.
ambassord of Switzerland congratulastes Utar and Livelife
ambassord of Switzerland congratulastes Utar and Livelife
The event was also attended by UTAR Kampar Campus academics via video conference. The academics included Dr Chee Huei Phing, Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology Dean Assoc Prof Ts Dr Yap Vooi Voon, Faculty of Information and Communication Technology Dean Assoc Prof Ts Dr Liew Soung Yue, Faculty of Science Dean Assoc Prof Dr Lim Tuck Meng, Faculty of Arts and Social Science Dean Dr Lee Lai Meng, Faculty of Business and Finance Dean Dr Au Yong Hui Nee, Faculty of Science Deputy Dean for Student Development and Industrial Training Dr Sit Nam Weng, FSc Department of Allied Health Sciences Acting Head Dr Tan Gim Cheong, and FSc lecturer Kokila Thiagarajah.
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Her Excellency Madam Andrea Reichlin mentioned in her speech that it was her first time visiting a Malaysian university and expressed her pleasure to meet all the guests. Her Excellency gave a very informative speech during which she mentioned that cross-border inputs and processes indeed stimulate innovation performance as the current example between UTAR and LiveLife shows.
Her Excellency said that “Especially in times of a global health crisis and economic recession, Swiss authorities remain convinced that innovation and competitiveness remain the key factors for a successful reset. Prioritising innovation and R&D have become even more crucial; with an array of indicators pointing to the causality between innovation and economic growth. From a sample of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, it is estimated that a 1 percent increase in R&D spending could grow the economy by 0.61 percent. In short, countries with more R&D investments tend to have deeper growth.”
Her Excellency said that “Especially in times of a global health crisis and economic recession, Swiss authorities remain convinced that innovation and competitiveness remain the key factors for a successful reset. Prioritising innovation and R&D have become even more crucial; with an array of indicators pointing to the causality between innovation and economic growth. From a sample of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, it is estimated that a 1 percent increase in R&D spending could grow the economy by 0.61 percent. In short, countries with more R&D investments tend to have deeper growth.”
Her Excellency also added,“As academics and entrepreneurs, you are well aware that R&D spending is on the one hand a question of political priority but also very much depending on private-public partnerships. Statistics show that innovation performance in Malaysia is one of the highest in emerging Asia. Malaysia is ahead of most Southeast Asian countries in terms of the level of R&D intensity achieved. According to the World Bank, Malaysia spends roughly about 1.4% of GDP in R&D expenditure, second highest in Southeast Asia behind Singapore of 1.9%. Moving forward, Malaysia’s focus will be, as I understand, on translational research providing positive impact to local and international communities. I am glad that the collaboration between LiveLife and UTAR has translated this commitment.”
Her Excellency elaborated that, “As a SWISS representative, I have to pay special tribute to such private sector-academic cooperation that you have led. Nowadays, more than 70% of R&D investments in Switzerland are engaged by the private sector, whereas the public sector R&D spending focuses on basic research and shoulders higher education cost. The government often funds a university’s share in a joint private sector-university research project. It goes without saying that private sector initiated networking and partnerships at home and internationally are highly encouraged.”
Her Excellency also mentioned that research and innovation are deeply rooted in Switzerland and originate in dynamic and creative partnerships. For many decades, Switzerland has ranked high in innovation, and it has led the Global Innovation Index since 2011 for the tenth consecutive year. One of the innovation outcomes is that Switzerland registers a high number of patents and IPs.
Her Excellency concluded her speech by congratulating UTAR and LiveLife Biosciences AG for making this meaningful cross-border scientific cooperation happen.
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Prof Ewe said that UTAR is indeed honoured to have Her Excellency present in the campus for the first time and thanked her for her graciousness. He also welcomed Mr Lim Siang Wee and distinguished guests from LiveLife Biosciences AG and thanked them for being able to connect and recognise the efforts of Dr Chee in her study on RILAX as a provision of evidence to support the product benefits. He added that, “This is indeed a win-win situation for our academics as well as the industry where the resources of both parties are utilised in collaboration for a mutually beneficial outcome. I hope such collaborations will continue for both parties in the future for the greater benefits of the public community.”
Prof Ewe also thanked Her Excellency for her support towards this collaboration, and thanked LiveLife Biosciences AG for recognising the efforts of the university. “UTAR has always aimed for research excellence and we have set up 32 research centres in a wide variety of areas of study and we are indeed glad that our efforts towards quality education and research are recognised by the industry,” he said.
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Mr Lim Siang Wee gave a presentation on the key findings and outcome of the studies done by Dr Chee on RILAX, sharing the information and on how the collaboration started. According to him, he came across a paper by Dr Chee titled “A Review of Potential Efficacy of Alpha-S1-Casein Tryptic Hydrolysate on Stress and Sleep Disorders” published in the Malaysian Journal of Psychiatry. As Alpha-S1-Casein Tryptic Hydrolysate is one of the active ingredients used in RILAX, he approached Dr Chee to conduct a study on the product.
The study commenced in late 2016 and completed in early 2017, followed by analysis, write-up and submission of the paper for publication in 2018. The paper was published in May 2019 in the Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine and the paper was titled “Effects of Alpha-S1-Casein Tryptic Hydrolysate and L-Theanine on Sleep Disorder and Psychological Components; A Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study”. This represented the first collaboration between UTAR and LiveLife Biosciences AG.
The second collaboration between UTAR and LiveLife Biosciences AG started in January 2018, when Dr Chee approached LiveLife Biosciences AG to sponsor the products and placebo for another study using RILAX for a PhD thesis. The analysis for most of the key parameters have been completed; the write-up commenced in 2020. According to Lim, the results for the second paper were encouraging and the researcher hopes to publish the paper in an international publication.
In his speech, Mr Lim expressed his appreciation towards Dr Chee and the University for the effort in conducting the clinical study on their product, RILAX. The evidence from the clinical studies have supported their product by assuring its availability of an effective non-drug health supplement for relieving stress, anxiety and sleeplessness.
Mr Lim then presented a certificate of appreciation to UTAR for the collaboration. The event ended with the presentation of souvenirs from UTAR and LiveLife Biosciences AG to the Ambassador of Switzerland, followed by a group photography session.
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Prof Ewe (left photo, left) and Lim (right photo, right) presenting a token of appreciation to Her Excellency Madam Andrea Reichlin
From left: Prof Yow, Prof Ewe, Her Excellency Madam Andrea Reichlin, Mr Lim and Ms Aileen Chan
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The group photo with UTAR Deans of Faculties and guests from LiveLife Bioscience AG
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Improve Immune Response to COVID-19 Vaccination with healthy sleep

How sleep affects the immune system

Healthy sleep is integral to a strong immune system, and as COVID-19 vaccines are distributed, it’s important that people continue to get sufficient sleep for optimal immune response.

Sleep loss is associated with changes in several immune processes. Poor sleep may weaken your defenses against a virus, and it may affect how your body responds to a vaccine, increasing your risk for illness. For this reason, sleep deprivation in the age of a global pandemic is especially risky.

“As COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed, it is of utmost importance that patients continue to prioritize their sleep to maintain optimal health,” said American Academy of Sleep Medicine President Dr. Kannan Ramar. “Getting sufficient, high-quality sleep on a regular basis strengthens your body’s immune system and optimizes your response to a vaccine.”

There is extensive evidence of the link between sleep and immunity, and several studies have found an association between sleep duration and vaccination response. A 2020 study in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that the flu vaccine appears to be more effective in people who get a sufficient duration of sleep for the two nights prior to receiving the shot. Other studies have made similar findings evaluating patients’ response to vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B, concluding that shorter sleep duration before and after vaccination is associated with lower antibody response and a decreased likelihood of disease protection.

“The role of sleep in boosting innate and acquired immune response is significant. All people, particularly health workers, should be aware of the immunity-boosting effects of sleep. Studies have shown that normal sleep after vaccination strengthens the immune response against an invading antigen and this immunity boosting effect of sleep is clinically significant,” said Dr. Khurshid A. Khurshid, director of the UMMHC/UMMS Center for Neuromodulation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “A good night’s sleep before and after vaccination could be very advantageous.”

When we sleep, our body recovers from the day, working to repair muscles, organs and cells. Hormones are regulated that support our metabolism, immune response and other key physical functions. Our brain sorts and stores new information and prepares us mentally for the next day by regulating our mood.

For many though, the pandemic has negatively impacted sleep. One third (33%) of respondents to an AASM survey have experienced an impact to sleep quality, 30% have seen change in their ability to fall asleep, and 29% noted an impact to nightly amount of sleep. While it’s easy for stress and scheduling conflicts to interrupt nightly sleep, the AASM recommends that most adults should be sleeping at least 7 hours each night.

Follow these tips to get a better night’s sleep:

  • Establish a bedtime and morning routine – Consider developing a nightly routine that evokes calm and relaxation, which may include reading, journaling or meditating. Even for those working remotely, allow ample time to wake, reflect and prepare for the day ahead.
  • Ensure the bedroom is a space for sleep – Limit noise and distractions by making your bedroom quiet, dark and a little bit cool – and only use the bed for sleeping, not watching TV or reading.
  • Set boundaries for blue light exposure – Consider setting a technology curfew by turning off your TV and other electronic devices 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Silence your notifications and charge your devices away from your bed so you are not tempted to look at social media or news alerts.
  • Limit alcohol, caffeine and large meals before bedtime – Avoid consuming caffeine after lunch and avoid alcohol near bedtime, as both can disrupt sleep. If hungry after dinner, keep snacks small, sugar-free and easily digestible to avoid disrupting sleep.
  • Sleep on it: try to get good sleep on the night after vaccination.

For PDFs of the AASM’s 2019 and 2020 Sleep Prioritization Survey results, please visit the AASM newsroom.

For more information on the importance of healthy sleep, visit SleepEducation.org.

About the 2020 Survey

The July 2020 Sleep Prioritization Survey involved 2,007 adult participants. The sample consisted of 1,005 parents with children between the ages of five and 18 years old. The margin of error is +/- 2 percentage points with a confidence interval of 95 percent. Atomik Research, an independent market research agency, conducted the survey.

About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is advancing sleep care and enhancing sleep health to improve lives. The AASM has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists and other health care professionals.
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Top Reasons Why Millennials Are the Most Stressed Generation

top reasons why millenials are the most stressed generation

With a fast-paced environment and advanced technology today, everybody is learning to cope with the ever-changing lifestyle. Across generations, issues about finances are the biggest cause of stress – and stress leads to anxiety. Anxiety comes in many different forms, but the most common symptoms of anxiety is feeling worried and anxious about anything. Financial stress and anxiety were proven to be linked to general health problems like high blood pressure and heart attacks. When it turns sour it can have serious effects on not only our mental health but also our physical health.

A couple of shared factors add to millennial pressure rates, which you will find out about in this article. Here we could say that millennials encounter a whole new level of situations other generations do not.

Workplace Miseries

Numerous more established laborers are voicing out about their dislike of working with millennials. We are sure that you have heard a lot of employers complain that younger people nowadays do not appreciate what they have and have tons of issues to complain about. But there are reasons behind all these “complaints”. 

The issues are more unpredictable than that Millennials often understand what they deserve and how to achieve them. Meaning if they feel underappreciated, want a salary raise or a promotion, they will be expressing fully what they want. They would recognise and take note when a workplace is toxic, too stressful for them to handle or even when a job is not suitable for them. By then they will always choose what is good for their mental health and will opt for a change. The workplace today consists of mainly millennials. Most of the workplace need an upgrade on their company policies if they wish to keep their younger employees.

Impractical Expectations

Millennials are expected with unreasonable expectations and are pressured to succeed from all generations. From owning a home, being financially stable to building a family, these things were easier to do for baby boomers back in the time where their living expenses were not so ridiculously high. Millennials were often judged on their financial status by the previous generations. They were always comparing and little do they know not all of them actually consider that the younger age groups do not have ready access and qualities from the older generations to go after their goals.

As quoted by Mike Hais, a market researcher and co-author of two books on millennials including “Millennial Momentum”, he mentioned that millennials are growing up at a tough time. “They were sheltered in many ways, with a lot of high expectations for what they should achieve. Individual failure is difficult to accept when confronted with a sense you’re an important person and expected to achieve. Even though, in most instances, it’s not their fault — the economy collapsed just as many of them were getting out of college and coming of age — that does lead to a greater sense of stress.”

top reasons why millenials are the most stressed generation

Affected Mental Health

More and more people are struggling with mental health issues today, especially during this pandemic. Loss of income and jobs are driving people into major stress, depression and anxiety. It is not shocking that millennials are also dealing with significant mental health problems these days. Imagine having high expectations from the society, at the same time struggling to pay off debts while having a pay cut or even losing jobs. This is where anxiety, stress and trouble falling asleep are born. It is clear that the next generation has to deal with bigger challenges as future days come, and their mental health is taking the hit for it. This is why you need Rilax to help you get through it all.
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Rilax – Less Stress, Better Sleep

What is Rilax?

Rilax is a natural sleep supplement that improves sleep quality and promotes relaxation so that you will get the healthy and restorative sleep your body needs. The brand was awarded the Best Buy Award Health 2017/2018 Malaysia for Dietary Supplement for Better Sleep. With active ingredients derived from milk and green tea, Rilax improves sleep quality and promotes relaxation so you will get the healthy, restorative sleep your body needs. It is a product of LiveLive BioSciences AG Switzerland, specially developed and it is safe, effective, 100% natural and halal.

Rilax is an evidence-based supplement trusted by thousands around the world. The results of recent study showed that the group on Rilax experienced overall better sleep quality, reduced sleep latency, reduced sleep disturbances and improved daytime functioning, and lowered stress, anxiety and depression levels. It is a product that helps destress and relax the mind and body.

Testimonies

Many users of Rilax have been sharing their experience with Rilax and how Rilax has helped them overcome their sleeping problems, stress and anxiety. Here at Rilax, we genuinely care and want to help you live a better quality life!

One of our consumers is an associate brand director. She shared that she first started on Rilax when she had trouble sleeping. She noticed the effects immediately after the first capsule! She also shared that she did not wake up in the middle of the night and even if she did, she got back to sleep almost immediately. Another user stated that she is a mom of 3 with a 2 month old baby whom she is breast-feeding on demand. She was exhausted all the time until her friend introduced Rilax to her. She shared that the effect was immediate as she woke up feeling more refreshed and well rested the next day even though she was feeding the baby throughout the night! You can read all of our testimonials here.

Features of Rilax

  • Non-drowsy / non-sedative
  • Non addictive
  • Non habit forming
  • Non drug
  • No side effects or after-effects such as morning grogginess
  • No memory loss
  • No weight variations
  • No drug interactions
  • Lactose-free
  • Gluten-free

How and Why Rilax Works

Rilax contains 2 main ingredients : Alpha S1-Casein Tryptic Hydrolysate and L-Theanine.
Milk

Alpha S1-Casein Tryptic Hydrolysate is a bioactive peptide extracted from the milk of only the Holstein breed in France. These cows are specially reared and the milking is done only at night. The milk bioactive peptide has an affinity for GABA-A receptors, and increases the activity of GABA which is a neurotransmitter known for its inhibitory action on anxiety and for its relaxing properties. The milk bioactive peptide induces relaxation, improves sleep and promotes slow delta brain waves leading to deep restorative sleep. It is classified by FDA as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe)

Tea
L-Theanine is an amino acid naturally found abundant in green tea leaves. Studies show that L-theanine enhances sleep quality and efficiency. L-theanine promotes sleep via a subtle anxiolytic effect, altering levels of neurotransmitters and enhancing alpha brain waves. In addition, supplementation does not promote drowsiness, cause dependence, or lead to adverse reactions. It produces a minor anxiolytic effect to the extent that stress is reduced and concentration improves. FDA has granted L-theanine GRAS status.

How Should I Take Rilax?

The intake of Rilax may vary for each person, depending on his/her specific needs. How to use :
  1. To promote sleep: 1 capsule a day, before bedtime.
  2. For general relaxation and to relieve stress : 1 capsule during the day.
  3. Chronis actress : 1 capsule a day, before bedtime.
  4. Acute stress : 2 capsules taken together, before bedtime.
Get started on the journey to a healthier mental state and better sleep quality with us today! For first time users, message us on Messenger to receive a 20% off at RM 71.60 for 24 caps + 6 caps with a free shipping code! An additional 20% discount will be given to you when you leave a feedback on Rilax. Shop with us today to enjoy numerous discounts from us. Enjoy! Rilax is alos available at pharmacies throughout Malaysia and on Shopee in Singapore.
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Here’s A Proven Solution to Your Sleeping Problem

What are Mental Heath Problems?

In general, our mental health is just as important as our physical health : but many people have a mindset to put their physical health over their mental health first. Truth be told, our body and mind should not be thought of as separate, but oftentimes they are. We cannot deny that mental and emotional disorders are seen in certain cultures as less valid than physical problems. They are seen as a sign of weakness or as our own fault somehow.
Our mental health attributes the way we feel, think, sleep and react in our daily lives. It also influences our capability to grapple with stress, anxiety and recoup from the mishaps and difficulties of life. The truth is that bad physical health can lead to extended chance of mental health problems just as poor mental health can start to affect and worsen physical health.

Stress and Anxiety vs Sleep

A significant number of us thrash around or watch the clock when we can’t rest for a night or two. Yet, a restless night is a normal thing for some people. The main reasons people have sleeping problems are caused by stress and anxiety, and they might make existing problems worse. Studies have found that while anxiety and stress triggers sleep deprivation, it also suggests that sleep disorders are directly contributing to anxiety and stress.

Symptoms

Symptoms of anxiety may vary for anyone. They can happen anytime of the day, morning, or night. The most common symptoms of anxiety include :
  • Excessive worrying
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling restless
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Panic attacks
  • “Knots in the stomach”
  • Sweating and chills
As people have their own ways of handling stress, symptoms of stress can also vary. We may encounter any of the following symptoms of stress.

Physical symptoms :

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Low energy
  • Tense muscles and aches
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Feeling of nervousness
  • Weak immune system
  • Fatigue

Behavioral symptoms :

  • Excessive eating or not eating at all
  • Procrastinating and avoiding tasks
  • Nervous habits (ie: biting nails, pacing)
  • Using cigarettes, alcohol or drugs to relax

Emotional and cognitive symptoms :

  • Easily frustrated
  • Depressed (feeling worthless, lonely, hopeless)
  • Constant worrying
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Mood swings
  • Racing thoughts
  • Inability to focus
  • Forgetfulness

What Causes Stress and Anxiety?

For most people, stress and anxiety come and go, but for some people, they may linger for a long time and if not handled properly in a matter of time, it may lead to mental health issues like depression and bipolar disorder. This is why it is so important to treat stress, anxiety and sleep disorders effectively

Top causes of stress and anxiety

  • Death of a spouse
  • Divorce
  • Death of a close family member
  • Illness
  • Major injury
  • Marriage
  • Job loss
  • Toxic work environment
  • Work load
  • Financial Issues
  • Relationships
  • Major life change

Determining What is Stress for You

It is important to list out and get to the bottom of what is causing you to have stress and anxiety. Before we get into the common causes of stress faced by the society, remember that there are ways of dealing with stress and anxiety.

Financial Burden

Many of us are having to deal with financial issues all the time in all aspects of life, especially during the pandemic. People affected are finding it hard to cope with sudden unemployment stress, job loss and pay cuts and increase of commitments and this may lead to having stress, anxiety and trouble sleeping at night.

Work Stress

While some stress in the workplace is natural, excessive stress can affect your productivity and efficiency, your physical and emotional health, and also your relationships. Toxic workplace environment can lead to loss of sleep and extreme stress and due to these reasons, you will be dragging your feet to work daily, and it is an unhealthy thing to do. However there are ways you can take to prevent yourself from falling deeper into the loop.

Loss and Grief

It is the worst when one is coping with the loss of someone dearly and most of the time, the pain and heartbreak can feel overwhelming. We may encounter all sorts of emotions like shock, intense sadness, guilt, anger, or even having a hard time to accept the reality. While everyone has their own ways of grieving, there are healthy and right ways to deal with the pain.
How to Relax with Rilax

What is Rilax?

Rilax is a natural sleep supplement that improves sleep quality and promotes relaxation so that you will get the healthy and restorative sleep your body needs. The brand was awarded the Best Buy Award Health 2017/2018 Malaysia for Dietary Supplement for Better Sleep. With active ingredients derived from milk and green tea, Rilax improves sleep quality and promotes relaxation so you will get the healthy, restorative sleep your body needs. It is a product of LiveLive BioSciences AG Switzerland, specially developed and it is safe, effective, 100% natural and halal.
Rilax is an evidence-based supplement trusted by thousands around the world. The results of recent study showed that the group on Rilax experienced overall better sleep quality, reduced sleep latency, reduced sleep disturbances and improved daytime functioning, and lowered stress, anxiety and depression levels. It is a product that helps destress and relax the mind and body.

Testimonies

Here at Rilax, we genuinely care and want to help you overcome your sleeping problems, stress and anxiety. We want to spread the great news and joy of all of our users’ experience with us! We all know that Hong Kong is the Asian city that never sleeps. Known for its fast-paced life, a user of Rilax from Hong Kong shared that before he started taking Rilax, he was pressured and overwhelmed. But Rilax changed him and he has had a peace of mind and much needed deep sleep at night since then. Another user shared that her shoulder and back pain disappeared after about a week on Rilax! She was able to sleep better and she felt much more energetic at work. You can read all of our testimonials here.

How and Why Rilax Works

Rilax contains 2 main ingredients : Alpha S1-Casein Tryptic Hydrolysate and L-Theanine.
Milk

Alpha S1-Casein Tryptic Hydrolysate is a bioactive peptide extracted from the milk of only the Holstein breed in France. These cows are specially reared and the milking is done only at night. The milk bioactive peptide has an affinity for GABA-A receptors, and increases the activity of GABA which is a neurotransmitter known for its inhibitory action on anxiety and for its relaxing properties. The milk bioactive peptide induces relaxation, improves sleep and promotes slow delta brain waves leading to deep restorative sleep. It is classified by FDA as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe)

Tea
L-Theanine is an amino acid naturally found abundant in green tea leaves. Studies show that L-theanine enhances sleep quality and efficiency. L-theanine promotes sleep via a subtle anxiolytic effect, altering levels of neurotransmitters and enhancing alpha brain waves. In addition, supplementation does not promote drowsiness, cause dependence, or lead to adverse reactions. It produces a minor anxiolytic effect to the extent that stress is reduced and concentration improves. FDA has granted L-theanine GRAS status.

How Should I Take Rilax?

The intake of Rilax may vary for each person, depending on his/her specific needs. How to use :
  1. To promote sleep: 1 capsule a day, before bedtime.
  2. For general relaxation and to relieve stress : 1 capsule during the day.
  3. Chronis actress : 1 capsule a day, before bedtime.
  4. Acute stress : 2 capsules taken together, before bedtime.
Get started on the journey to a healthier mental state and better sleep quality with us today! Sign up with us now and receive exclusive discount vouchers from us!
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Getting good sleep during the covid-19 pandemic

Coronavirus stress and sleep

Coronavirus COVID-19 is a new infection that has spread around the world in recent months. This is a pandemic. This virus is very infectious, so it is easy for it to spread from person to person. To prevent COVID-19 from spreading too quickly and too widely, governments all around the world have placed restrictions on what people can and cannot do. There has also been a lot of media reports about COVID-19 and the associated economic impacts and health effects of this virus.

All of these things can easily make people anxious and stressed. This is natural when there are many unknown factors. Fear and anxiety can cause strong emotions in adults and children, which may result in difficulty sleeping. When our sleep is of a poor quality, or if we cannot get enough sleep, we may not be able to function normally during the day when we are awake.

Sleep is important

Sleep is as important as a healthy diet and exercise. Inadequate sleep can induce and/or make our feelings of anxiety and stress seem worse (see Anxiety and Sleep). We may not be able to think clearly or make sensible decisions, making it difficult to concentrate at school or work (see Memory, Thinking and Sleep). We can become upset, angry and irritable more easily. This can all have negative effects on our relationships with family, friends and in our workplaces.

Inadequate sleep can also affect our physical health. When we do not get enough sleep or if our sleep is disrupted this can negatively impact our diet, physical activity levels and even blood pressure levels.Inadequate sleep can also affect our physical health. When we do not get enough sleep or if our sleep is disrupted this can negatively impact our diet, physical activity levels and even blood pressure levels.

Importantly, sleep helps us fight off infection. When sleep is of poor quality it can impair our immune response. In addition, poor sleep might result in ‘flare-ups’ of other chronic illness/diseases.

  • Sleep is involved in the regulation of immune cells, that is cells that fight off infection.
  • People who are sleep deprived have increased risk of contracting a virus when exposed to it.

Getting a good night’s sleep

As we try to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important we prioritise our sleep and health.

If worrying about COVID-19 is stopping us from falling asleep, or keeps us awake during the night, there are things that we can do to reduce the worry and improve sleep:

  1. Limit media exposure. Be sensible about what you learn about COVID-19. Check official web sites (such as www.health.gov.au). Do not pay too much attention to gossip and some media reports, which may be exaggerated, or may simply be guessing what might happen.
  2. Make time to unwind. Spend some time relaxing and watching, listening or reading about things that have nothing to do with COVID-19. This is especially important in the hour or so before going to sleep, so that you can go to sleep with a relaxed mind.
  3. Take care of your body. As much as possible keep a normal routine throughout the day. Get some exercise, eat sensibly, do not drink too much alcohol, and avoid caffeine close to bed. Make sure that you do something fun and have a laugh during the day.
  4. Connect with others. If you have specific concerns, try to deal with them before going to bed. Simply talking to some-one you trust about your worries can often help. Get some advice from a trusted person who might be able to help you solve the problem. Social distancing does not need to equate to social isolation.
  5. Take care of your mind. If the worry is still on your mind as you are getting ready to go to sleep, sit down quietly, think about what the issues are and how you might deal with them tomorrow. It may help to write these things down, including a list about what you plan to do about them during the next few days. You may also like to try using a smartphone app called ‘Smiling Mind’ which has helpful short mindfulness activities to help you relax.
  6.  Your bed is predominantly for sleep. You want to achieve a strong connection between your bed and successful sleep (i.e., falling asleep and staying asleep easily). If you go to bed and find that you cannot get to sleep, or if you wake up during the night and cannot get back to sleep because of worries, get up and do something relaxing in dim light that is quiet and away from the bedroom. Go back to bed when you feel ready to fall asleep.
  7. Keep a regular sleep-wake routine. As much as possible we should keep a normal sleep routine. Going to bed at the same time each night, and getting up at the same time each morning is important for getting a good night of sleep
  8.  Managing fatigue. Also remember that even if you did not get much sleep, or it seemed to be poor sleep, it is not the end of the world. You will get through the next day all right and if you are quite tired, you will probably sleep better the next night. If you are extremely fatigued and sleepy you may need to have a coffee or take a nap to function normally and safely (see Caffeine and Sleep and Napping for more information).
  9. Sleep is like a butterfly. You cannot reach out and grab it and catch it. If you stay quiet and still, the butterfly will come to you. It is the same with sleep. You cannot force yourself to go to sleep, so do not try. Simply allow yourself to be relaxed and quiet, and sleep will come to you.

More information about sleep

You may also like to check out some of the below Sleep Health Foundation fact sheets that may be helpful in optimising sleep during difficult times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Anxiety and Sleep
  • Good Sleep Habits
  • Preventing Chronic Insomnia
  • Sleep Mistakes
  • Technology and Sleep

If you are required to self-isolate and stay indoors for an extended period, then you can find additional helpful sleep tips at the following link: www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/news/sleep-blog/sleeping-tips-when-staying-indoors-during-isolation-period.html

Source: https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/getting-good-sleep-during-the-covid-19-pandemic.html

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Message by Her Excellency Madam Andrea Reichlin, Ambassador of Switzerland

Good morning distinguished guests and speakers, ladies and gentlemen,

Let me first express congratulations to all present and those connected by video for the successful collaboration of this meaningful R&D. Partnerships such as this contribute meaningfully to science diplomacy and provide impetus for bilateral collaborations.Cross border inputs and processes indeed stimulate innovation performance, as the current example showcases.

Especially in times of a global health crisis and economic recession, Swiss authorities remain convinced that innovation and competitiveness remain key factors for a successful reset. Prioritising innovation and R&D have become even more crucial; with an array of indicators pointing to the causality between innovation and economic growth. From a sample of OECD countries, it is estimated that a 1 percent increase in R&D spending could grow the economy by 0.61 percent. In short: countries with more R&D investment tend to have deeper growth.

There are many ongoing debates about how innovation happens. At the heart of it, R&D activities allow researchers to develop new technologies, techniques and applications. With increased knowledge, people produce better and use fewer resources. LiveLife has walked the talk by translating such processes into reality: with an excellent example of market-oriented

R&D and dynamic knowledge sharing.

As academics and entrepreneurs, you are well aware that R&D spending is on the one hand a question of political priority but also very much depending on private-public partnerships. Figure shows that innovation performance in Malaysia is one of the highest in emerging Asia. Malaysia is ahead of most Southeast Asian countries in terms of the level of R&D intensity achieved. According to the World Bank, Malaysia spends roughly about 1.4% of GDP in R&D expenditure, second highest in Southeast Asia behind Singapore of 1.9%. Moving forward, Malaysia’s focus will be, as I understand, on translational research providing positive impact to local and international communities. I am glad that the collaboration between LiveLife and UTAR has translated this commitment.

As a Swiss representative, I have to pay special tribute to the private sector-academic cooperation that you have led. Nowadays, more than 70% of R&D investments in Switzerland are engaged by the private sector, whereas the public sector R&D spending focuses on basic research and shoulders higher education cost. Government often funds a university’s share in a joint private sector – university research project. It goes without saying that private sector initiated networking and partnerships at home and internationally are highly encouraged.

To sum up: research and innovation are deeply rooted in Switzerland and originate in dynamic and creative partnerships. For many decades, Switzerland ranks high in innovation, and it leads the Global Innovation Index since 2011 for the tenth consecutive year. To mention just one innovation outcome: Switzerland registers a high number of patents and IPs.

Let me close by congratulating all, the Malaysian UTAR Research team, the local LiveLife team and not forgetting the LiveLife Switzerland’s team. Thank you for taking part and contributing to this meaningful cross border scientific cooperation.

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The Role of Cortisol in Depression

People with depression tend to have reduced measures of serotonin in the brain and elevated levels of cortisol in their bloodstream. Because cortisol is related to stress, implementing a stress-management lifestyle may be an important aspect of coping with your depression.

Understanding Cortisol

Cortisol is an important hormone produced by the adrenal glands, the small endocrine glands that sit on top of our kidneys. It is secreted by the body in response to stress and is one of the hormones involved in the fight or flight response. Cortisol plays an important role in everything from how the body uses glucose (sugar), to the regulation of blood pressure, to the function of the immune system.

In the short run, cortisol secretion has many benefits. It prepares you for physical and emotional challenges, generates bursts of energy in the face of trauma, and provides surges of immune activity when you’re confronted with infectious diseases. Following this cortisol-induced activation state, your body goes through a necessary relaxation response.

Cortisol production becomes problematic when you’re exposed to continuous or prolonged stress, which results in the continuous production of cortisol.

Prolonged elevated levels of cortisol can result in high blood sugar, high blood pressure, a reduced ability to fight infections, and increased fat storage in the body.

In other words, in the short term, an increase in cortisol secretion may aid in survival, but long-term elevations may do the opposite.

Stress, the Brain, and Depression

Ongoing stress means that stress hormones are operating throughout the day for most of the day. This is exhausting to the body and may cause the neurotransmitters in your brain like serotonin—the “feel good” chemical that appears to influence mood, appetite, and sleep, among other things—to stop functioning correctly, potentially leading to depression.

In people who are not depressed, the level of cortisol in the bloodstream peaks in the morning then decreases as the day progresses. However, in roughly half of the people who live with depression, cortisol peaks earlier in the morning and does not level off or decrease in the afternoon or evening.

It has been found that people with elevated cortisol levels are less responsive to psychotherapy treatments, implying that techniques that may reduce cortisol levels, such as stress management, may be an important part of a depression treatment regimen for these patients.

Strategies

Reducing your stress may be a useful way to temper chronically elevated cortisol levels, which may help mellow out the effects of depression. Consider these options:
  • Relax: Make sure you take some time every day, even if it’s just a few minutes, to completely relax your body and your mind.
  • Meditation: Using meditation has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, boost your mood, and even help physical ailments like headaches.
  • Get a massage: Massage has proven benefits to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension.
  • Try art therapy: Coloring, painting, drawing, or photography—whatever your pick to engage your inner artist—can help drive away stress.
  • Keep a journal: Giving yourself a place to let it all out can be not only freeing, but it can also help you deal with stress you may not have even realized you had.
  • Do something you love every day: Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, being able to read the next chapter of that novel you’re absorbed in or playing your guitar will help you unwind.
You can also engage in some natural solutions that may help boost your mood, including:
  • Exercise: While it has been clearly demonstrated that physical exercise boosts mood, many studies have also shown that it increases serotonin levels in the brain.
  • Sleep well: Getting enough sleep and keeping a regular sleep pattern (getting up and going to bed at the same time) also helps stave off depression and improve mood.
  • Increase light exposure: Sunlight is preferable, though getting light by way of a therapy light can also help.
There are many ways cortisol may contribute to the development of depression, either by affecting serotonin levels or through other endocrine pathways.
What’s most important to understand is that elevated cortisol levels accompany depression and can make depression more challenging to treat. One way to lower cortisol levels is by adopting a stress-management lifestyle.

Chronic stress can lead to elevated cortisol levels, which in turn is connected with depression as well as other serious conditions such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease, or stroke.

Source: https://www.verywellmind.com/cortisol-and-depression-1066764

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Helping our Malaysian healthcare workers get the rest they need

PETALING JAYA, 14 APRIL 2020

Sleep is probably one of the most valued commodities for our healthcare workers now serving in our public healthcare facilities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Tiredness and a lack of sleep are among issues faced by our healthcare workers especially front liners who are putting in the extra hours on a daily basis.

Hospital Sungai Buloh staff receiving Rilax
University Malaya Medical Centre staff receiving Rilax

To help our national heroes sleep better after their shifts, Livelife Sdn Bhd is sponsoring 400 boxes of Rilax sleep supplements for healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic at public healthcare facilities at Hospital Sungai Buloh and University Malaya Medical Centre.

We are indeed delighted to sponsor our Rilax sleep supplements to our heroes fighting this pandemic. Our healthcare workers are sacrificing time with family, friends and not forgetting hours of sleep to attend to the high numbers in patient arrivals during this time. We can only imagine the stressful time they are going through” says Aileen Chan, Chief Operating Officer of LiveLife Sdn Bhd.

“It is a time for all Malaysians to look out for each other and help where we can. Our healthcare workers are working around the clock battling this unseen enemy. It can be tiring being up on your feet for long hours and extremely hot under the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).”

“We are indeed touched by their sacrifice and service for the nation. They do deserve a good rest after their long shifts,” added Aileen Chan.

Rilax has been in the Malaysian market since 2007 and is available at major pharmacies such as Caring, Healthlane, AA, BIG, AEON Wellness, Tigas Alliance, Georgetown and other independent pharmacies throughout Malaysia, as well as on major online marketplaces such as Shopee and Lazada.

Rilax carton being opened by healthcare frontliners