Why Getting Enough Sleep Should Be a Priority in 2018 0 67

Why Getting Enough Sleep Should Be a Priority in 2018

It’s already February 2018 which means that it’s still early enough for you to set your New Year goals, rethink priorities and start working on that New Year’s resolution that you’ve always wanted to do.

Perhaps you’ve got a new pair of leggings, cleaned up your wardrobe, started exercising more, and maybe you’ve even overhauled the contents of your fridge and have now filled it with fruits, veggies, and other healthy foods.

You’re pretty amazing for starting off the New Year with such positivity and productivity. But the thing is, you’re still forgetting one of the most overlooked and most important aspects of an individual’s health.

Can you guess what it is?  Hint: babies do it all of the time (and no it’s not crying) and it’s very important for a child’s growth.

You’ve guessed it! It’s sleep.

You know the thing that most adults never get enough of! Perhaps it’s your busy work schedule or perhaps you’re used to sleeping less and less with all the parties, drinking and clubbing that you’ve been doing. The thing is, we need quality shut-eye in our lives and you need to make time for it if you want to live a healthy life. Sleep is so important that it’s even in the Holistic Health Triangle and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

So if you plan to live a healthy lifestyle and achieve success in your life, then you’re going to need lots of sleep. A study conducted by Mattress Firm showed that sleep is the key to healthy habits.  It showed that people who exercise for more than four hours a day tend to make it a priority to sleep early and also wake up early. In short, these people sleep a whole lot better.

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People who exercise for more than four hours a day tend to make it a priority to sleep

The director of Duke University’s sleeping program, Dr. Sujay Kansagra has advised that failing to get the recommended hours of sleep (7 to 9 hours) is seriously detrimental to one’s health.

Dr. Kansagra says that people who are sleep deprived are often more prone to poor heart health, weakened immunity, poor diet, and they often fall into bad habits that are detrimental to one’s health.

Dr. Kansagra also added that sleep deprivation also affects the mind. People who are sleep deprived aren’t just cranky, often times they are prone to mood swings, depression, irritability, lack of focus, and irrational behavior.

So in short, lack of sleep makes you prone to health problems ranging from heart conditions to a weakened immune system. But it doesn’t stop there because lack of sleep also makes you irrational, cranky, moody, and gives you the focus and mental capacity of a primate.

If these things don’t convince you to get enough sleep, then we don’t know what will!

If you want to be the healthiest that you can be, then make sure to get the recommended hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep is almost impossible in modern times with our busy work schedules, stress, and anxiety.

But if you can’t sleep 7-9 hours a day, then there’s still hope. You can make up for the lost hours by improving the quality of your sleep.

Why Getting Enough Sleep Should Be a Priority
Why Getting Enough Sleep Should Be a Priority

Here are some methods to increase the quality of your sleep

  • No gadgets or tech before going to sleep

Dr. Kansagra says that sleep is often a flexible part of our schedule and we often sacrifice it for other activities like work, social events, and other hobbies.

New flash guys:  You’re not in college anymore! You don’t have the vitality to go partying, pulling out all-nighters, or binge-watching a series all night long. If you plan to do those things, then expect to take a major blow to your health.

Sorry to say this, but watching late night Netflix shows or using your phone late at night is a big no-no.

This doesn’t mean that you have to abstain from touching your phone or avoid checking up your emails late at night.

Dr. Kansagra simply recommends that you don’t come into contact with the blue light that computers and handheld devices make for at least 30 minutes before going to bed. Facebook, Instagram, and Netflix can wait until early in the morning.

  • Make sure that you’re comfortable

Good sleep means more energy, better mood, and overall a better you. And to get this “better you”, you just have to make sure that you’re not sleeping on a hard and uncomfortable bed.

That’s right, you need to replace that cheap and uncomfortable mattress with something better. Because the right mattress can determine whether you get to sleep well or not.

Dr. Kansagra even agrees with this. He says that the right mattress can get you into a nice comfortable sleeping mood. And if you are comfortable at night, then it would far easier for you to enter the deeper stages of sleep and wake up fully energized and refreshed.

If you’re looking for good mattresses, then check out Mattress Firm.  They have a huge assortment of mattresses from well-known brands like Beautyrest, Seta, Dream Bed Lux and so much more. You’ll find the comfiest mattresses here.

But you don’t have to stop there! You can make it easier to sleep by using lavender essential oils to put you in a sleepy mood. You can even get a stuffed toy and cuddle with Mr. Snuggles if it helps you sleep at night.

  • Get Sweaty

Have you ever wondered why it’s so easily falling asleep after having sex? It’s not because you had the time of your life (although it’s part of the reason though ;)), it’s because you worked up a sweat doing all of those naughty things.

Sex is considered to be a form of exercise. And a study by Mattress Firm shows that adults who exercise more are prone to sleep early and fall asleep easily.

That means that you’re nightly “sexy time” sessions with your partner is helping you sleep better.

But you don’t have to limit yourself to sex. You can hit the gym or do some laps in your local park. Not only will you have a stronger, faster, and fitter body but you will also have better sleep as well.

Also, here’s a great post we recommend – 8 Tips for Developing Good Habits (And Keeping Them)

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Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes 0 61

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes

Here’s a list of interview blunders that tech guys often make—and how you can avoid them.

You’ve graduated from a reputable college with a tech degree and top grades, so you think to get a tech job’s a cinch, right? You couldn’t be more wrong, especially if you have to first go through an interview. Regardless of your tech skills, your interview may be the hurdle that keeps you from getting your dream job.

Plenty of otherwise capable tech graduates fails at the interview portion of the job hunt. To keep you from making the same mistakes, be aware of the following common errors that too many tech job seekers commit:

  1. You’re not dressed right

The era of techs dressing like slobs is over, and that’s an especially egregious mistake on an interview. You don’t even have the job yet! Maybe when you’ve attained some seniority in the company you may be given some leeway, but not when you’re still applying for a job.

It’s also not enough that you got a nice polo shirt on, especially when you also have tattered jeans and “classic” Air Jordan sneakers. Seriously, it doesn’t portray you as a serious worker on whom a company is supposed to invest their time and money. When in doubt, dress conservatively. Try on a suit for a change, shave or trim that beard nicely, and for goodness’ sake comb your hair!

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You’re too casual in your tone and mannerisms

You’re not out with friends. Instead, you’re interacting with a person who has a say on whether or not you get a job with them at the end of it all. They have power over you, so it’s right if you’re a bit formal during the interview. You have to be courteous.

If you’re too casual, then it may seem as if you’re not really serious about getting the job. That’s not the kind of worker that companies are eager to hire.

  1. You focus too much on your tech skills

It’s understandable if you like to talk about your range of technical skills. After all, that’s what you trained for and you’re more comfortable talking about what you actually know. You may want to emphasize your various certifications and other credentials.

Yet on interviews, your goal is to present yourself as more than a walking set of tech skills. You still have to prove that you’re a good fit for a company and their team of current tech workers. So you also have to present a positive character and not simply highlight your tech skills.

  1. You come off as arrogant

The ability to work as part of a team is a crucial requirement for many companies. You’ll fail to do just that if you somehow mistake your arrogance as self-confidence. If the interviewer thinks you’re arrogant, then they may also conclude that you’re not much of a team player at all.

So how do you know the difference? Basically, it’s all about the underlying attitude. A confident person knows what they can do and how good they are. An arrogant person, on the other hand, feels like they’re better than everyone else.

  1. You give curt short answers to questions

In a job interview, there’s really no such thing as a plain yes or no question. You answer “yes” or “no”, and then you have to elaborate on that answer. This type of question is like an opening salvo for a conversation, and you need to look at this as a chance to demonstrate your potential value to a team.

If you can’t communicate properly, then you’re a liability.

  1. You don’t know enough about the company doing the hiring

There’s simply no good excuse for you not to do any sort of research on a prospective employer. At the very least, check out their websites and see if there have been any articles written about the company. See if you know anyone working there and asks them some questions.

Your research should also cover the industry of which the company is a part, and you should do some studying about the company’s competitors as well. If you’re not motivated enough to study up on the company, it’s as if you don’t really care about them at all.

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You don’t ask questions

At the end of the interview, the interviewer may ask you if you have questions for them. This is your chance to find things out about the company that you didn’t uncover during your own research. It also shows your interest in the company and the industry they’re a part of.

So when they say, “Do you have any questions?” you don’t say “No”. In fact, before the interview, you may want to prepare some questions about the company in advance.

  1. You ask about perks

While it’s understandable if part of you is asking the “What’s in it for me?” question, you still need to refrain from discussing the subject during the interview portion of the job hunt. Instead, you have to push that back after they’ve made you a job offer. So don’t go into the details regarding your benefits. Companies prefer workers who put the job and company first (or at least seem to). A “me-first” attitude is a turn-off.

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You treat the interview like a therapy session

When you’re on a first date, you don’t spend too much time griping about your exes and your woeful romantic situation. The same goes for a job interview. Just because the interviewer seems friendly doesn’t mean you can go on and on about your previous work problems and current job hunt tragedies.

  1. You let the interview peter out

A successful interview doesn’t fade out like some sort of awkward conversation. At the end of it, you have to close properly. You have to end it by showing them how much you’d like to be part of the company. You can also ask questions about the next stage of the job hunt process. You have to present yourself as an asset that the company should use.

So remember, getting a tech job isn’t all about having the right skills. It’s also about being able to communicate and having the right attitude. If you can keep that in mind, then your job interviews should go more smoothly!

Here’s another good read – How to identify certain warning signs of a toxic culture before accepting a job

16 Simple Snoring Remedies – How to Stop Snoring 0 71

16 Simple Snoring Remedies - How to Stop Snoring

Snoring is one of the most unpleasant and irritable sounds you could ever hear, Period. The person snoring might not mind but the people around him/her would probably go crazy from the annoying sound that the snorer makes.

If you’re one of the people who finds snoring really annoying, then you better read this article and help your snoring friend or family member remedy their condition.  On the other hand. If you’re a snorer and people have been complaining about your incessant snoring, then you should read this article as well.

So to stop snoring we must first understand why snoring occurs. So… Why do people snore anyway?

Don’t worry, snoring is very common. Research shows that almost half of all American adults are snoring late at night.  The act of snoring occurs when airflow in your throat is interrupted or obstructed as you breathe in your sleep. While breathing, the tissues in your throat start to vibrate and create irritating and disturbing sounds.

To put it more simply, try breathing through your mouth and through your nose at the same time. You’ll find that you’ll be producing “snore” like sounds. Go on try it.

It’s true that some people don’t snore and sleep like a baby. And speaking of babies, do you ever wonder why babies rarely snore? In fact, snoring is very common among adults but rare among infants and children.  Snoring is a natural body function but it can also be a sign of stress, sleep deprivations, obesity, bad sleeping position, and in some cases it could be an indicator of bad health. And guess what? Adults are prone to health conditions.

You could help prevent snoring by cutting off the problem at its roots.  Here are 16 methods to help prevent snoring or stop snoring entirely.

  1. Adopt a proper sleeping position

You’re sleeping position might be the cause for your snoring. Sleeping in uncomfortable positions might cause obstructions in your breathing, causing your body to produce irritable sounds.  You can adopt a proper sleeping position to help your body take in air flow easily and prevent snoring from occurring.

  1. Elevate your head

If you find sleeping on your side uncomfortable, then you might want to try elevating your head. You can get a tiltable bed if you have the money. However, a simple pillow might be the solution to your problems. Get a large head pillow that can elevate your head by a few inches, this allows your airways to open wider and allow more air to flow into your throat.

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Elevate your head
  1. Lose the flab

Sorry to break it to you but if you’re a little bit overweight or a little bit fat, then that might be the reason on why you’re snoring in the first place. Excess tissues might be blocking your airways causing you to produce snoring noises. There are even cases of fat people choking in their sleep.

Get some exercise and go on a weight loss diet. Try consulting a doctor, a nutritionist or a trainer to help you lose weight. You can even try some supplements to help you.

  1. Dilate your nostrils

You could use a nasal dilator to solve your snoring problem. It’s a stiffened adhesive strip that is applied on top of the nose. This allows your nose to breathe easier at night by decreasing the airflow resistance in your nasal cavity.

Another option would be to use nasal strips. Just nasal like dilator’s, nasal strips help improve your breathing. They are placed on the bridge of the nose and helps reduce the chances of snoring.

  1. Have nose surgery

Sometimes it’s really not your fault. Some people are just born with a deviated septum. This deviation separates the sides of the nose which greatly restricts airflow. That is why you might need some nose surgery to help correct this deviation.

  1. Remove allergens from your sleeping environment

Allergies can greatly reduce the airflow through your nose. This forces your body to suck in more air or to breathe directly into your mouth. You might be allergic to something in your area. It could be a cat, dust, pollen, etc.

Take some allergy medication to help resolve the problem. It would be better if you could find the cause of your allergy and remove it from your sleeping environment.

  1. Don’t take sedatives before going to bed

Sedatives might be causing you to snore. Try finding other ways to help you sleep.

  1. Stop smoking

Smoking is a very dangerous habit. It doesn’t just destroy your lungs but it also damages your gums and teeth as well.  Smoking also causes respiratory problems and abhorrent snoring is one of its earliest symptoms.

Quit as soon as you can.

  1. Don’t drink too much alcohol

Getting wasted or intoxicated might cause snoring.  Alcohol will loosen up your throat muscles which cause snoring.

How to Stop Snoring
How to Stop Snoring
  1. Get the recommended hours of sleep

The recommended hours of sleep is between 7 to 8 hours a day. Sleep deprivation could be the cause of your snoring. And if that’s the case, then you better get some zzz’s.  Why getting enough sleep should be a priority – read on.

  1. Get palatal implants

It’s a procedure where they inject braids of polyester into you mouths palate. This stiffens the insides of your mouth and it helps reduce the sound of snoring.

  1. Get a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

A uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or UPPP for short is a procedure where they tighten the throat tissue.  This greatly reduces the chances of snoring.

  1. Get a somnoplasty

A somnoplasty is a little bit less intimidating than other surgical procedures. It’s a fairly new treatment that uses low-intensity sound waves to shrink the tissues in your throat. This effectively reduces the sound of snoring.

  1. Use oral appliances

Oral appliances are dental mouthpieces that open up your air passages. This makes it easier to breathe and it also prevents snoring.

  1. Use a CPAP machine

What’s a CPAP machine? CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure”. It’s basically a pressurized air mask that helps keep your airways open.  WebMD – How to Sleep Easier With Your CPAP Machine

  1. Do breathing exercises

One of the reasons on why we have breathing problems is mostly because we have weak lungs.

Learning proper breathing techniques strengthens the lungs and diaphragm allowing your body to take in more air. It may take months or even years but it may be a long-term solution to your snoring problem.

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