MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 26 October 2020 – In conjunction with World Mental Health Day (WMHD), sleep health specialist AmLife International Sdn. Bhd rolled out its WMHD showcase themed “Sleep Well For Mental Health” covering six key countries — Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The showcase comes in the forms of workshops- both online and offline – to educate the mass public on current mental health conditions in the region.
The year looks grim with the Covid-19 pandemic. Faced with threatening realities of health and life, loss of jobs, lack of social interactions, all these take a toll on everyone’s mental health, as well as adverse physical and emotional repercussions.
A survey by The Ministry of Health Malaysia showed that by 2020, mental health conditions are expected to be the second biggest health problem affecting Malaysians after heart diseases. One in three Malaysian adults aged 16 years and above (29.2 percent) have a mental health condition, nearly triple from 11.2 percent in 2006. Amongst Malaysian youth aged 13 to 17, one in five has depression, two in five have anxiety and one in 10 has stress.
On the mental well-being of Malaysian households during MCO (Movement Control Order / Lockdown), the latest health survey conducted by Malaysian think tank The Centre with 1084 respondents in Malaysia indicated:
- 45% of the respondents reported experiencing negative mental well-being during the MCO, with different levels of severity.
- 22% reported experiencing severe and extremely severe anxiety, with 20% and 15% of the respondents reporting severe and extremely severe depression and stress respectively.
- Women and those below the age of 35, reported experiencing higher levels of negative emotions. 18-26% of women stated that they experienced severe and extremely severe depression, anxiety, and stress.
Abroad, according to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, USA (IASP), one billion people across the world are thought to have a mental or substance use disorder and anyone, anywhere, can be affected. Depression alone is on track to be the leading disease burden in the next 10 years.
Mr. Lew Mun Yee, Founder & President of AmLife said good quality sleep improves our psychological and mental health and vice versa. Physiological health and psychological issues are escalating globally. One in five persons has a type of mental health issue. Therefore AmLife stresses sleep education which is part of our business philosophy,” explained Lew.
AmLife has engaged Ms. Elizabeth Huxtable, a certified Sound Therapist with over 30 years of holistic therapy (Globe Sound & Consciousness Institute, San Francisco, USA) and Dr. Luke Wang – a Taiwan Specialist in Psychiatric, Sleep Medicine, and Geriatrics & Dean of Rafah Sleep Clinic in Taiwan to share some insights into mental health.
Dr. Luke shared, “One needs to sleep well to improve mental health, which in turn gives rise to a healthier body. Disrupted sleep impairs the brain plasticity and alters the stress and inflammatory system. Clinical tests point to poor sleep quality leading to Alzheimer’s Disease besides long-term stress that will increase high blood glucose, poor metabolic and increase in obesity thus impacting mental stress level and affect overall health ” he elaborated.
Frequency To the Rescue! Studies found that sound frequency can affect the nervous system and can have a positive healing effect on the mind and body. Elizabeth, “Sound therapy helps relax people’s stress. This naturally reduces their blood pressure and helps the vascular system to relax the blood vessels allowing the blood to flow more easily. Each organ and cell in our body has a resonant frequency. Sometimes, due to stress, toxins in the environment, disease, etc, the organs start to vibrate at the wrong frequency, the healing sound vibrations can help to reset them to their natural frequency and relaxes the body,” she elaborated.
Taking the cue from Ms. Elizabeth, AmLife introduced its DeepZleep Amsonic solutions – a regenerative sleep technology from Japan which combines Electric Potential Therapy, Thermal Therapy and AmSonic Frequency Therapy — all in a bedding form. AmSonic Frequency Therapy is the latest brand new Japanese technology which harnesses the frequency of nature and spiritual healing frequency to harmonize the body frequency and sync it with the natural environment to enable the body to relax, relieve tension and goes into deep slumber so your body can experience recuperative and health rejuvenation capabilities.
The DeepZleep Amsonic is available in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Hong Kong.
A study by the Northwestern University School of Medicine found that low-decibel frequency therapy can help improve deep sleep especially in the elderly. The health expert believes that the deep sleep phase is important for memory integration and smarter thought processes.
They found that people who fell asleep while listening to low-decibel frequency therapy scored three times higher than those without background music in memory tests the next morning, meaning that they literally became smarter overnight.
“Therefore, AmLife will continue its mission and business direction to lead the world’s first regenerative sleep technology for an all-rounded physical and spiritual well-being. We hope that everyone can naturally recharge your physical and mental health in sleep,” added Lew.
AmLife commenced its sleep healthcare business in 2014. The company has pioneered the combination of bedding equipment with Japan’s state-of-the-art technology to tap and expand the unlimited potential of the sleep healthcare market by providing a brand-new health solution for the daily use of a modern-day community.
AmLife committed to promoting sleep health activities in the past few years, to create awareness to the public; sleep plays an integral part in health. World Sleep Day is a major event held by AmLife every year.
Congratulations to AmLife for winning the World Sleep Day 2019 Honourable Mention and the 2018 Distinguished Activity Award at the World Sleep Conference held in Vancouver, Canada on September 22, 2019!
This world event brought together 352 official representatives from 53 countries, and they hosted more than 200 World Sleep Day events around the world. Among these country representatives, AmLife was the only one to promote World Sleep Day in multiple countries.