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When It’s Time to Take Snoring Seriously

When It’s Time to Take Snoring Seriously

Snoring is taken as a funny thing, and it’s depicted as a harmless, annoying feature of people. In reality, snoring can be a very serious problem — first, for the person who snores, as they can’t rest properly, and second, for the person who sleeps with the snorer. Lack of sleep leads to irritation and this is one of the reasons snoring is one of the most common causes of fights in couples. But recent studies show that snoring can lead to brain damage, so it’s time to take snoring seriously.

What Is Snoring After All

We all know how snoring sounds, but do you know what snoring is? Snoring is caused by the relaxation of the tissues in your throat, which start to vibrate when the air passes through them. These tissues partially block your airways — the narrower the gap where the air needs to pass, the louder the snoring will be.

Snoring can also be a result of alcohol consumption or a regular cold. After a night of drinking, the tissues are prone to collapse, leading to snoring. When you have a cold, the airways are already blocked and swollen due to irritation, so when the air tries to pass through, snoring takes place. The problem comes when you snore more than three times per week, as snoring can lead to potentially fatal conditions.

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Snoring Can Harm Your Brain

Snoring has a lot of health risks, but one study showed an alarming connection between snoring and memory loss. If you snore frequently, you probably suffer from a degree of sleep apnea. This condition makes you wake up tired, as it prevents you from entering the REM sleep, which is when the body really gets to rest and recover. Other side effects of sleep apnea, which is essentially a short time when you stop breathing, are weight gain, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

A team of scientists looked at the effects of snoring and found that snoring damages the brain, leading to faster memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Strokes are another side effect of frequent snoring and sleep apnea.

Considering these new studies, you need to take snoring seriously. The first step is checking with your doctor and trying on natural remedies against snoring, which can reduce the sleep apnea and your risks of developing severe conditions, over time.

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Simple Devices Which Put an End to Snoring

There are many simple devices which can put an end to snoring, without much hassle. There are multiple types of mouthpieces which can be used to keep the airways open and allow the air to pass without making the notorious sound. Other products are as simple as belts which prevent you from sleeping on your back, which is the position most prone to snoring, as the tissues collapse easier. Some people even sew a ball on the back of their pajamas to prevent sleeping on their back.

If these tricks don’t work, you can turn to natural remedies for snoring.

Natural Remedies for Snoring

Snoring can be relieved with some help from nature, depending on the cause of snoring. If you don’t know why you snore, you can try these remedies before turning to more invasive solutions, like airway pressure machines or surgery. Adjusting your diet and losing weight can also help you reduce snoring, so pay attention to what and when you eat.

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Peppermint Oil

Peppermint has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it the best remedy against snoring. Peppermint can reduce the irritation in your throat, which can be caused by smoking, allergies, dry air, or simply daily pollution, helping you breathe normally during your sleep.

Make a mixture of a glass of water and two drops of peppermint oil and gargle with it before going to bed, daily. Another way to use peppermint oil is to add couple of drops to your humidifier machine. Massaging your nose with peppermint oil is another easy ways to relieve snoring.

Olive Oil

Another good anti-inflammatory substance is olive oil, which can reduce the swelling in your airways and reduce the vibrations which cause the unpleasant noise. You can take two sips of olive oil as it is or mix it with honey. Use the remedy daily, before going to sleep.

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Turmeric Powder

Turmeric is a strong antibiotic and an antiseptic, which can be used to reduce the swelling of the tissues and prevent snoring. Add two teaspoons of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink it half an hour before going to bed, daily. This mixture will also boost your immune system and will help you sleep better.

Cardamom is another natural remedy for snoring, being a powerful decongestant. Add one half of teaspoon of cardamom powder to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before going to sleep. Repeat this daily, to reduce snoring.

Ghee

Ghee can reduce snoring and help you sleep better. Warm a small amount of ghee and put two drops of it into each nostril. This will open up the airways and will help you breathe easier. Repeat daily before going to sleep and right after you wake up.

Steam Sessions

Steam is one of the most effective remedies for most people who snore, as the steam reduces the congestion and improves breathing. Boil water and add four drops of eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil to it. Place the water bowl in front of you and place a towel on your head, so you make a sort of tent for inhaling the steam. Breathe deeply for 10 minutes before going to bed. Repeat the procedure daily.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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