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.

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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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16 Ways to Eat Healthy and Stay Healthy 0 75

16 Ways to Eat Healthy and Stay Healthy

There are hundreds if not thousands of advice on how to have a healthy diet.  And in most cases, these pieces of advice would contradict each another.

But why?

You should know that each person responds differently to a certain diet. What works for you might not work for your friend and vice versa.

Some of the tips provided below might contradict with one another because you were not meant to do all of them. You just have to find out what works for you.

Here are 26 ways of eating healthily. Try them out and check which one works for you.

  1. Fast for an 8 hour period

When our body is in a fasting state it tends to burn fat quickly. Or to be more precise, after not eating for at least 8 hours our bodies enter a fat burning state called ketosis. Our bodies burn stored fats to sustain itself. So if you’re looking to burn some fat, then you better try this diet out.

  1. Eat whole foods

Unprocessed food will give you the most benefits. Processing foods will take out their natural nutrients leaving you with an edible but less nutritious meal. Also processed foods may contain preservatives which aren’t really good for your health.  So try eating some freshly grown carrots or some fresh fruits.

  1. Try the Mediterranean diet

Do what the Greeks do. Eat a meal with fish, fresh vegetables, and a glass of delicious wine.  Research shows that the Mediterranean diet can help lower the risk of heart disease.

  1. Look at the back of the product

Look at the back of the product, it contains all the ingredients used to make it.

A lot of “healthy” foods in the market may contain artificial preservatives. To avoid this look at the ingredients of the product to determine if it’s actually good for you or not.

  1. Eat slowly

Take it slow. Don’t chow down on your food like you’re in some kind of all you can eat buffet. Savor every meal by savoring every bite.  Research shows that eating slowly can trick your brain that your stomach is full. This means you’ll be eating fewer calories and still feel full.

  1. Eat some crunchy foods

And by crunchy foods, we don’t mean chocolate bars and candies. No, we’re talking about celery, peas, peanuts, and apples.  These foods take a long time to eat and they take a long time to digest. Which means you won’t go hungry and you won’t eat more calories that your body can’t handle.

  1. Don’t skip meals

Some people don’t have the discipline and the willpower to try diets that involve skipping meals.  If you aren’t disciplined or you have low self-control, then we don’t advise that you skip meals. You’ll only eat more food since you’ll be hungrier.

  1. Drink more water

If you aren’t drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day, then you better start now. Water doesn’t just help you rehydrate, it also helps keep your body going. Research even indicates that drinking the recommended glasses of water daily can help reduce the chances of getting fat and being overweight.

  1. Always have fruits nearby

The easiest way to break your healthy diet is by having nothing healthy to eat. If you get hungry at home and you’re too lazy to buy some fruits at the supermarket, then you’re probably going to buy some chocolate bars at the nearest convenience store. Having some fresh fruits nearby will allow you to faithfully follow your diet plan.

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Eat real fruits
  1. Eat often

We tend to eat a lot if our body hasn’t eaten for a very long time. Research indicates that eating between meals can help reduce our appetites allowing us to eat less food. Eating between 1 to 2 hours will help us digest food better and helps us absorb more nutrients in the long run.

  1. Have some cheat days

Eating some ice cream or some chocolate bars from time to time wouldn’t hurt.  If you’re not used to eating healthy then you might break down and go back to your potato chip eating ways. To avoid this, have some cheat days now and then.

  1. Eliminate temptation

This might sound like some phrase from the bible but the best way to eat healthily is by removing unhealthy foods in your fridge. Yes, say goodbye to those chocolate bars, alcohol, and soft drinks that you keep. If unhealthy foods are just within arm’s reach, then you will definitely be tempted to eat them. The best way to fight your desire for unhealthy foods is by removing them completely.

  1. Eat real fruits

Just because something has a picture of an orange in it doesn’t mean it actually contains real oranges! Real fruits aren’t as sweet nor as addictive as candy bars with fruit flavors. Real fruits contain natural fructose which is good for your body.

So don’t be fooled by products with pictures of fruit on their covers.

  1. Don’t even think about eating low-fat or diet foods

What’s the difference between a coke and a diet coke?

Answer. Not a lot because they’re both bad for you. Low-fat or diet foods often have less sugar, less fat, and less unhealthy than its counterparts. However, they’re still unhealthy.

If you’re going to drink coke, then you better drink the regular one because it’s tastier than the diet version of it. Both of them are still processed foods and they still contain artificial preservatives that are bad for your body.

  1. Make your own food

The best way to know if something is healthy or not is to make it yourself. Sure, fast food is easy and very delicious but you’ll end getting up fat and sickly if you keep on eating it.

When you make your own meals, you are making sure that you are eating exactly what you want to eat. So if you want to eat healthily, then cook for yourself.

16 Ways to Eat Healthy and Stay Healthy cooking your own food
Make your own food
  1. Create a meal plan

If you simply eat without a plan, then you’re doing it wrong. Planning your meals in advance will make sure that you eat better and save more money in the long run. And just like cooking your own meals, you are making sure that you are eating exactly what you want to eat.

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How to Choose the Best Rain Gear

If you’re completely oblivious to the different types of rain gear, then you’re probably going to determine a rain gear’s worth by its price.  However, in most cases, the price isn’t an accurate way to determine a product’s quality and usefulness.

So if you would like to save money and get the best possible rain gear that you can afford, then this article is a definite must-read.

This article will brief you on the various terminologies surrounding rain gears so you can better assess a rain gear’s quality.

So what is a Rain Gear?

Rain gear is any form of water-resistant or waterproof clothing that will protect you from the rain. Heck, even a giant piece of tarpaulin can be considered as a rain gear. What matters is that it will protect you from the rain.

Features you should look out for in a rain gear

You have to take a look at the different features offered by the rain gear. Extra pockets, cool design, and adjustability will determine if a rain gear is convenient or not.

Fully Taped Seams

Just because a rain gear is made out of waterproof materials, doesn’t mean that it can fully protect you from the rain.  There is a minor chance of rain leaking into your rain gear if it isn’t fully seam taped.

Check if the rain gear if has taped seams or not.

Looks

This is purely for aesthetic reasons.  But if you think you look cool or good in a rain gear, then it may be worth trying it out.

Adjustability

This is a very important feature to have.  Check if the rain gear has a drawcord or any form of adjustable features.  An amazing rain gear that cannot be adjusted is useless.

Pockets

Most rain jackets and rain gear today come with pockets. But not all of them have waterproof zippers and hidden pockets. Hidden pockets are useful to protect your stuff from pickpockets and waterproof zippers protect your stuff completely from the rain.

Now you need to know some terminologies to help you determine if a rain gear is good or not. Some terminologies that you should be acquainted with are:

Breathability

Breathability is a very important factor when it comes to rain gear. In fact, most people would prefer a breathable rain gear with minimal protection rather than a stuffy and hot rain gear with superior protective capabilities.

A breathable rain gear allows air to easily come in and out of the clothing.  Breathability also refers to the efficient transfer of water vapor in and out of the rain gear. Most high-quality rain jackets are breathable and the best way to test a rain gear’s breathability is by trying it out yourself.

  • Pros of Breathable Rain Gear

Breathable rain gears simply allow you to be more comfortable and feel less stuffy.  So, in short, you’ll feel more at home when wearing a rain gear with superior breathability.

  • Cons of Breathable Rain Gear

It’s not really a con but rain gear with high breathability also have poor insulation since it is technically letting the warm air out and letting the cold air in.

DWR

DWR or “Durable Water Repellant” is a finish added to your rain gear to make it “water repellant.   DWR finish is very crucial in keeping you warm and dry during a heavy thunderstorm.  DWR coatings give you lots of extra protection. It’s especially useful if you’re wearing water-resistant clothing.

  • Pros of DWR coating

DWR coatings give you extra water protection. That’s it.

  • Cons of DWR coating

Since it is a finish, it may wear after a while. This means that you have to apply again after it loses its touch.

How to Choose the Best Rain Gear
How to Choose the Best Rain Gear

Types of Rain Gear Layers

There are 3 types of rain gear designs used by rain jackets worldwide.  All of them have their various advantages and disadvantages. All of these designs feature an outer layer that repels rain and an inner layer which prevents sweat and body oils from being absorbed by the jackets.

These rain gear designs include the:

  • 2 Layer Design

2 layer rain are usually the standard rain jacket design found all over the world. It contains an outer fabric layer that repels rain and it has a thin liner hanging inside to protect the membrane.  This design makes it easy for the wearer to move and it makes as little noise as possible.  2 layer jackets are often favored by travelers and hikers who prefer a balance between mobility and protection.

  • 2.5 Layer Design

This design uses lightweight and durable fabrics to protect it from the rain. It has a second layer made out of waterproof coating (usually polyurethane laminate). Finally, we have a protective print laid down between the second and first layer. This is commonly known as the “half-layer”

The 2.5 layer design is actually lighter than the 2 layer design. Despite having more “layers”, its lightweight construction and design allow it to be lighter and more mobile than the 2 layer design.

The bad thing about this design is that it isn’t very durable. It is made out of lightweight materials and it usually offers less protection than the 2.5 layer and 3 layer design. It also offers poor breathability as well.

But on the good side, the 2.5 layer rain gear is very cheap and very affordable. So if you like a cheap and effective rain gear that does its job, then you might want to try this rain gear design.

  • 3 Layer Design

Last but not the least (in fact it’s the best!) we have the 3 layer design.  This design features a membrane of rugged fabric and thick liner to offer you the best possible rain protection.  It is generally the most durable, most breathable, and most reliable rain gear design.

The 3 layer design was meant for the harshest and most unforgiving environments. If you want to keep dry and stay dry, then you better get rain gear with a 3 layer design.

The only bad thing about this design is its price. Most 3 layer designed rain gear is really expensive. But we highly recommend that you get it if you have the cash.

Make these ideas as your habits when you out hunting for a new rain gear.

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