There’s nothing more annoying than hearing someone start to snore just when you’re about to doze off. You know how it goes – you finally have the chance to catch some z’s after a long day and then your bed partner starts sawing logs right next to you. Trust me, I know how it feels. As a pre-schooler, I used to sleep in the same room with my parents and my mum would start snoring almost immediately after she put her head on the pillow. Yeah, that’s no fun. Sure, earplugs can help but they’re not the most comfortable thing ever. Besides, why should you go out of your way to keep the peace when someone else is disrupting it?
Even if you’re on the flip side, or the one who snores, you’re probably fed up with your bed partner constantly nagging you about how they can’t sleep for hours on end. It’s a fairly reasonable thing to complain about, but it’s also something that you have no control over, not yet anyway. There is a way you can control the situation and ease your snoring habits. How do you stop snoring? Well, I offer you a humble suggestion convenient anti snoring chin straps. Yes, that’s a thing. And here’s what you need to know.
What Causes Snoring?
Generally speaking, snoring isn’t really a cause for concern, but rather a nuisance. In most cases, it’s not alarming or life-threatening. However, if the symptoms start to interfere with your sleep schedule and how much rest you’re actually getting, you might want to check in with your doctor just to be sure. Practitioners can examine your symptoms and determine whether or not additional medical treatment is necessary.
Snoring usually occurs as a result of the position and anatomy of your mouth and throat. When you’re sleeping, the muscles in your body become inherently more relaxed. Sometimes, the muscles of your throat can become so relaxed that they partially block the airflow through your larynx which causes muscular vibration. This vibration can be heard in the form of snoring. Other common causes of snoring include alcohol consumption, excess weight and allergies. The good news is that there’s a way to combat this issue and resolve it quite easily.
How Do Chin Straps Help With Snoring?
Anti snoring chin straps are useful pieces of adjustable headgear that help reduce snoring and improve the quality of your sleep. The purpose of chin straps is to gently cradle your chin and prevent your mouth from opening and blocking your airways as you sleep. In this way, you’ll surely get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling energized and refreshed. Apart from causing snoring, mouth breathing can also lead to a dry mouth, sore throat and even bad breath.
Snoring chin straps are incredibly lightweight and comfortable so you probably won’t even notice you’re wearing one. They don’t feel suffocating or dig into your skin, causing pain and discomfort. Make sure you adjust the straps properly though, as a right fit is crucial when trying to get the best results. Multi-strap designs are quite popular these days because they offer extra support to the bottom lip without obstructing your face. For most types, vertical rather than diagonal support is advisable so be careful how you position the straps.
Chin straps really come in handy when treating sleep apnea because they prevent leakage from your CPAP machine and reduce any additional symptoms, such as brain fog or daytime sleepiness. The strap ensures that your CPAP machine stays secured into place, no matter how much you toss and turn in your sleep.
All types of chin straps are easy to clean and maintain so washing shouldn’t be an issue. They’re quite durable and long-lasting too, which means they won’t show signs of wearing out soon.
Other Snoring Remedies
Apart from chin straps, there are a few other things that might help reduce your snoring and improve the quality of your sleep.
An oral appliance is a form-fitting dental mouthpiece that is designed to keep your airways open so that you can breathe freely.Talk to your dental specialist about whether or not you should use this type of snoring remedy. After all, medical professionals will know what’s best for you.
I’ve already mentioned how the position of your mouth and throat can contribute to snoring issues but sometimes even the position of your whole body can have an impact. For this reason, many people choose to enhance their sleep quality with a wedge pillow for extra comfort and support. It provides the ideal sleeping position for your back by keeping it upright at a gentle slope.
Your overall health can have a major impact on your journey to stop snoring. Smoking, drinking alcohol and being overweight are the most common risk factors. This is why you need to limit the number of cigarettes you smoke, the amount of alcohol you drink, as well as control your daily calorie intake to promote a healthier lifestyle. Daily exercise is also a great advantage. You can consult with your doctor or nutritionist on any diet changes or supplements for the best results. Start working on improving your health today and I promise you won’t regret it.
Gift-giving, whether for a holiday, a birthday, or another special occasion can be quite difficult for some of us. Trust me, I know the perils of standing in the middle of the gift shop, staring at all the items on display, and debating whether I should go home and forget all about it or buy everything in sight, just in case.
When you really think about it gift-giving is an art that’s tightly connected to how well you know the person you’re buying for as well as how close you are to them. Knowing their hobbies, likes, and dislikes can greatly help your chances of picking a great gift for them, but even if you do, sometimes it can still be a bit hard.
With this blog, I’d like to address the issue many of us face when picking gifts for loved ones and friends and propose a few gift ideas that are both universal and special enough to make sure the giftee loves them, but also feel like you’ve given them a lot of thought and have put in the effort.
Most of the information I’ll share you probably already know, but it takes a kind of centred thinking to be able to fish it out, so read on and let’s get to the bottom of this together!
When on the fence about a gift it’s always great to ask yourself what is an absolute necessity that can be turned into a special present? There are many, many answers to this question, but the one that pops up the most is always mugs.
We all need to drink something every day, be it water or juice or coffee or tea, so why not take a daily essential and turn it into a charming ritual your friend or family member will absolutely fall in love with?
I’ve gotten my fair share of beautiful mugs as gifts and I still keep and use every single one of them, no matter how much time has passed since I’ve gotten each. I’ve also given quite a bunch of them, too, so hear me out!
The most important thing when searching for mugs for sale is knowing exactly what you’re looking for. You may look for the perfect mugs online or in physical stores, but either way, it’s important to always remember that anything generic just won’t do.
You want the giftee to feel special so go ahead and find a handmade mug in an interesting shape and featuring an amusing pattern and gift it. Trust me, you can’t go wrong when doing this and your friend is sure to fall in love with it instantly.
What’s more, you can gift a set of two or more mugs if you feel like it and sometimes even accompany them with matching saucers, so the possibilities really are endless.
All you need to know when searching for the perfect mug for that special someone is a very basic idea of what kind of colours and patterns they like and then match that with what the store you’ve chosen has available. Easy as pie! Just remember, the more personalized – the better!
Moving on, another universal yet greatly intimate present – candles!
Some people may seem like they wouldn’t be into candles, but let’s be honest, who can not be into a little wax puddle that smells good, offers an amazing atmosphere-making ability, and just beautifies any room it’s placed in, no matter what kind it is?
That’s right, nobody.
The key to buying candles is to know how far you can take your purchase as well as when to hold back and choose something that’s a bit more conservative and plain.
For example, if a male friend is having a housewarming party and you’d like to gift them a candle, pay attention to their clothing style, whether they wear any perfume or not and if they do what it smells like, and so on. You can even go as far as taking a quick look at the home they bought to get a feel of whether you should go for a strong-smelling, detailed candle or a more subtle, fresh, and unobtrusive one. The same goes for your female friends, too.
Candles nowadays are heavily focused on fragrances as well as how they’re sourced, so don’t get a regular one if your friend is a vegan. Instead, opt for a handmade soy option that’s bound to bring joy to the person receiving it and pay close attention to the smell.
Finally, the packaging and colour of the candle should also follow the style of the giftee to round everything up and really kick that gift ball out of the park.
Home Decor Items
Yeah, yeah, I know what you must be thinking. “Aren’t candles home decor items?” The answer to that question is a definitive no. Much like their essential oil brothers, candles are all about relaxation, soothing, and spending some quality time either by yourself or with someone else, so categorizing them as “home decor items” really takes away from their purpose and meaning.
Even though I don’t mean candles, what I do mean when I talk about home decor gift items are things like couch cushions, throw blankets, vases, picture frames, art prints and artworks, decorative plate sets, figurines and small statues, rugs and mats, potted plants, lamps, and so on. You get the idea.
Each of these items requires a similar knowledge as the previous two with the only difference being that they are probably going to be more costly, so choose this option only when you’re buying for someone really, really special in your life.
You can also use any of these items to create a base for a sort of gift basket that’s going to include a candle and a mug as well, or any other pieces you think your giftee would like.
The rule of personality and style applies here as well, so pay attention, personalize, and you’re most definitely golden! Good luck!
Being an urban and modern mom is not easy and we’re not just talking about juggling between your family, work and personal interests. As old problems are solved, new concerns arise. Our fast-paced, endlessly stimulating environment might not be that suitable for someone that’s “fresh out of the womb”, adjusting to the day-night (circadian) rhythm while you are trying to gain back control of your own.
Your baby’s sleep-wake cycle is developing in its first years of life. At birth, it’s not even established and it’s connected with their feeding needs which is why infants sleep in multiple short intervals. The earlier in the developmental stage of any process, the more delicate and vulnerable your baby is. The less disturbed, the better.
Our environments can shape our sleeping patterns. Light, noise, traffic, pollution, green space, density, walkability, temperature and humidity can all limit sleep opportunities, turning all of those short naps even shorter. Even the social neighbourhood environment (social cohesion, safety, and violence) is associated with changes in sleep duration, daytime sleepiness, sleep difficulties and sleep quality.
Consequently, it might take more than a mother’s touch to send a baby off into dreamland. A fuzzy plush toy might eventually be more comforting than your own hand. White or pink noise could tune the baby’s circadian rhythm and replace a mother’s voice. A baby bed vibration system might come in handy as your baby is rebooting and setting up its own day-n-night one.
How much sleep does a baby need exactly? The Department of Health of the Australian Government recommends that babies (infants, from birth to 12 months) get good quality sleep from 14 to 17 hours until 3 months every day and 12 to 16 hours from 4 to 11 months, including naps. So, why not be prepared and make sure your baby always has what it needs in order to get a good night’s (or day’s) sleep? Don’t worry, you haven’t lost your mum superpowers. Every superhero needs a sidekick so here are some possible candidates that can assist you in easing your baby into sleep.
Mimic a Car with a Crib Vibration Attachment
Have you been driving long nights around the block because your baby only sleeps in the car? Did you know that a vibration device for crib can end your sleepless nights? A vibration sleep soother has special motors that create low-frequency car-like vibrations that travel through any type of mattress to soothe your baby. While passing, the vibrations imitate even the rumbles and revving of the engine, which produces calming and soothing sounds.
Proven safe for even the youngest, a vibration device for crib has different vibration speeds and additional modes that simulate car acceleration and deceleration. The long-life battery can put you at ease as it can last throughout the whole night and even more. It can even include a night light that combines calming sounds with a soothing glow.
Comfort with Sleep Dolls
From infants to preschoolers, and probably amongst adults too, a stuffed animal is an all-time favourite. Many of us had that one toy that we didn’t want to get separated from or even get rid of today. Why did we become so fond of them though?
As a close source of safety and comfort, plush toys are personal companions of a child, something, or should we say someone they build social skills with, learn languages, compassion and empathy. After playtime comes bedtime when plush toys turn to baby comforters and work as soothers and sleep companions. Designed to help children self-soothe, relax and calm themselves, there are even dummy comforters that include sounds of real-life breathing and a heartbeat.
Rock Your Stroller Even When You’re on the Move
Dr Nick Webb (PhD in Sound and Vibration Engineering) noticed that his three-month-old daughter Abby would wake up as soon as he stopped pushing the stroller along the pavement. His ingenuity gave birth to an easy strap-on device that can generate the side-to-side motion we experience while we’re riding in a vehicle, or when your baby is tucked in into its pram. Simple to attach and with adjustable speed, it can imitate your continuous rocking with a push of a button, leaving your hands free for that newspaper or book you’ve been dying to read.
Imitate Nature With a Sound Machine
Have you ever wondered why does the sound of water calm you down? Or why do you find the sound of crackling fire so enjoyable? Nature is the logical source of our peace of mind as we are its product and we are continuously intertwined with it. Evolution has wired our brains to categorize these low pitched sounds as safe, keeping our fight-or-flight mechanism quiet.
Today, there are various lightweight, slimline and portable sound machines and sleep CDs. They can make it rain (or at least sound like it) when you need it the most. These sleep therapy devices also include sounds like white, pink, grey and brown noise, crickets, frogs, birds and even womb sound.
Use Scents to Induce Sleep
Humans have been using aromatherapy since ancient times to relax and unwind. Its effectiveness in inducing sleep and reducing anxiety has been explored and exploited the most. A lavender essential oil massage can calm a fussy baby. Combined with chamomile, they’ve been used to treat insomnia and even relieve symptoms of colic.
Although generally safe, babies are gentle beings and much more prone to adverse reactions. Be on the safe side when it comes to your baby and always follow the guidelines and safety recommendations for infant essential oil use. There are some oils that should never be used on infants. Make sure you buy a product that’s appropriate for babies.
The more you drive your car the more it gets worn down and less sturdy than it once was. This is an inevitable process no matter if you drive your car or if you just let it sit in the garage most of the time. One thing that becomes more and more prominent as the years go by is noise. At first, when you get a new car, noises are only there when you put your vehicle’s engine to the test or when your car displays a warning.
As time goes by more and more noises start to appear such as wind noise especially when driving on the motorway. But with a little bit of effort and time, this can easily be sorted by installing acoustic car mats. Just as you would install an aluminised exhaust system or a new suspension you should consider installing some soundproofing mats. This way you will keep outer noises from making your driving experience less enjoyable.
How to Install Soundproof Insulation in Car
1. When installing mats you always need to start with the floor Since I was first starting out in the car insulation business there was always one simple solution to sound deaden your car with – mats. Acoustic matting for cars has always been the go-to for many customers including myself.
2. The floor of your car is the closest surface to the road which is where most of the outside noise comes from. I would advise you to start from the floor too but just make sure you remove everything from it so that only bare metal is all that’s left.
3. With everything stripped from your car, take the acoustic matting and cut it according to the area you want to cover. What I do is start with the largest areas first and the most difficult corners so that when I’m done the easy part is all that is left. Measure the area you want to cover up and then cut enough matting so that there is no metal visible when you match it.
4. The same should be done with the doors which are the second most popular area in your car that gets lined with acoustic matting for cars. I cannot stress how much wind noise can enter through the doors as well as windows but you can’t mat up the windows. When it comes to the doors I would suggest you first disconnect the battery terminals before you start stripping the doors.
5. Since there are electrical plugs once you get past the door panel, disconnecting them with the battery still on can create some issues. Again once everything is removed and you can see the bare metal body of your vehicle, measure well and cut up some acoustic lining or mats. Install them by applying firm pressure on the mats with your hands or a squeegee so that no air bubbles are present.
6. The last place where you can install any sort of car acoustic insulation, not just mats, is the roof. I would leave the roof last since there is not as much noise coming from it. You can only really notice noise coming from the roof when travelling at high speeds.
7. Lining the roof with car acoustic insulation is not as easy, since gravity is working against you. Here you should know to take your time and not get aggravated when things are working against you. Just take it easy and you’ll finish insulating your roof before you even know it.
Other Things You Can do To Make Your Car Quieter
The next best thing I would suggest you do after installing some car acoustic insulation is to check the tires. Tires can create a lot of road noise, especially ones that don’t have the adequate amount of air in them. If your tires are worn out replace them but if they’re not and you have them filled with the right amount of air then consider upgrading them. A set of tires made with a higher profile, made from a softer and more durable material are going to reduce road noise drastically.
Sometimes other more serious issues can arise which can be the cause for noise when driving your car. This issue mainly has to do with the engine which is why you should inspect your engine on a regular basis and especially when you hear noises coming from it. Even if it’s not an engine-related component causing the noise yous should still check if the engine is running right.
Proper and regular maintenance is needed for many other reasons than just noise. Regularly taking your vehicle to a local mechanic to check on its most essential systems, especially if its an older vehicle, is a must. This will also help you save some time and money on bigger issues since you will be able to get rid of them on time instead of waiting for them to become more serious.
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Due to the pandemic, and the many challenges we faced in the past year, most people resorted to nature for relief, to cleanse their minds and bodies, to practice social distancing, and to get away from the frantic pace of city life. Outdoor activities provide a welcome respite from it all. However, whether you’re camping or heading further into the woods, you’ll need the right gear for every terrain and weather condition out there.