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10 Reasons Why It’s Better to Just Suck It Up and Hire a Moving Company

10 Reasons Why It’s Better to Just Suck It Up and Hire a Moving Company

Moving is no fun, but it’s even worse if you try and do it all by yourself.

Here are 10 reasons why sometimes it’s better to just suck it up and hire a moving company.

1. It’ll ease some of the stress.

If you select movers that are used to this type of business you will have a peace of mind as moving is usually a stressful time. Movers that are professional understand how to pack the best possible way and they will make sure your belongings are kept safe from start to finish. It is their job after all!

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2. Let’s face it, they’ll do a better job than you could.

Professional moving companies are very reliable, and it is a good choice to ask them to move you from your home or office versus your friends or your family. They are trained to learn how to pick things up and how to place them in specific containers with solid wrapping material. The boxes they use and the type of care that they exercise when handling lamps, beds, chairs or any large item is done on a calculated basis so there will be less stress on the items.

3. There will be more accountability.

All moving companies hire personnel who are bonded and have special training to ensure that their client’s belongings arrive in one piece and without any hassles. They will have inventory of everything, from start finish. Your friends could not care less about making sure that no item is lost, and you are not going to be able to hold them accountable for anything that is. Movers will be held accountable for everything.

4. It’ll be quicker and more efficient.

A moving company is much faster since they have the manpower to move things in an organized manner. They will make sure that your possessions arrive on time at your new home or place of business. They know how to expedite the process and also how to be able to go up and down a staircase faster. They’re also better at handling a couch or bed than anyone else.

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5. It will probably be cheaper—and you’re covered.

While it might seem like the obvious choice to call up a bunch of friends who will work for the price of a slice of pizza, it is not always the cheapest option. Factor in the work that you and possibly others will have to miss, the cost of gas and transport, and the cost of lost or damaged items (you’re dealing with amateurs after all), and it is probably more expensive, and definitely not worth the hassle. Hire movers and not only are you risking less, but you will have all of your items insured.

6. And they’re less likely to damage anything in the first place!

Experienced movers know how to transport items without damaging them. They do not over-load items or under-wrap fragile antiques that have been in the family for many decades. The movers will work around your fine china or glass dining table in ways that even you would not be able to do!

7. You won’t injure yourself.

Bulky items are very difficult to move and that is why you will be so happy you hired a professional moving company. You will save your back by counting on a couple of movers to carry that heavy refrigerator out of your kitchen and into your new house.

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8. They have the right equipment.

Strapping your mattress to the roof of your Honda Civic might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but halfway to your destination when disaster strikes, you might change your mind. Professional movers will come equipped with trucks, ramps, dollies, and everything you need to move safely and efficiently.

9. No lost friendships.

Yes, your friends owe you for all of the times that you helped them out with a move, but the fact is, it’s the job no one wants, and everyone will resent you for asking. And even if your friends don’t mind helping you move, there is no way that the day will end with fewer than three serious, friendship-threatening arguments.

10. Because it’s so much easier; you really have no other choice.

It’s important to realize that if not shipping your items through professional movers, you can risk losing many items that you have worked so hard for and that mean a lot to you. When you hire professional staff that have the knowledge and the equipment to move light and heavy items you will be less stressed out and will have the peace of mind that it will get done. Why bug your friends or family to help you move, when it would be a lot easier to hop on a computer and type in “moving company NYC” or “moving company LA”? Hiring a moving company might seem like an unnecessary expense, but trust us, it’ll be worth it in the end.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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