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What Do You Know About the Hassle-Free Forklift Hire Process?

What Do You Know About the Hassle-Free Forklift Hire Process?

Every industry requires equipment to carry loads here-and-there, especially when raw material is to be taken from one place to another. Big warehouses, manufacturing units, mines, and many other businesses need loaders and lifters for swift movement of heavy loads to a final processing unit. Technological advancements have made it possible for various industries to have access to some very smart equipment and machinery that are economical as well as very efficient and reduce the requirement of man force to be employed for loading, unloading and moving heavy loads at the specified destination.

Like any other machinery used in the construction, agriculture, mining, transport, aerospace, defense or similar industry there is one piece of equipment that stands out from the rest: the forklift. A forklift is small, moves swiftly, is economical, and is capable of carrying heavy loads easily.

Not all businesses will need to purchase their own forklift however, since they may only require one during the peak season or when working on a specific project. Some smaller industries like breweries may need a forklift as well, but may not have the capital to purchase one of their own. In this case, it may be time to hire a forklift for a one-time project or to help get your business off the ground.

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Here are some important considerations that you have to look into prior hiring forklift:

Capacity

It is better if you know what the actual weight of the item to be lifted is as forklifts have rated capacities and they can only lift a specific amount of weight. Lifting more than the prescribed weight will not only damage the mast and attachment but can make you pay for the forklift damages as well as damage of the goods to be moved.

Lifting Height

Like the specific weight capacity, forklifts attachments and masts are designed to reach specific heights only. So don’t forget to judge the height of warehouse racks or how high the item you’re moving needs to be placed. Also, measure the height of the good to be moved in.

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Location

Forklifts comes in many type and capabilities, and the type of forklift required changes with the type of location. For instance, if the task is to unload items from a container then a container mast-fitted forklift will be required. On the other hand, if the items have to be moved or lifted in a warehouse for a longer duration, than an electric forklift will be more appropriate. Make sure you give details about your location or workspace to the forklift hire services so that they deploy the right forklift for the task.

Fuel type

Especially if you plan on hiring a forklift for a long period of time, you will need to what type of fuel is required and how to refill the tank if it runs low. Find this out ahead of time in order to save yourself precious productive time and work hours.

Terrain

The surface plays a vital role too the choosing a forklift. For instance, if the forklift is to be used on a construction site, you will need a rough terrain forklift. If the work is indoors in a warehouse, a forklift with non-marking tires would best fit your needs.

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Duration

Make sure you spend time accurately estimating how long you will need to rent the forklift for, and communicate that to your forklift hiring service. They may have other bookings, so don’t assume that you will be able to extend your rental if you don’t communicate beforehand.

Forklift Delivery/Pick-Up

Do you want forklift to be delivered at your premises or you will pick up the machinery from the supplier? This is and important consideration because the supplier will charge you extra for delivery services. If your budget allows you to have the forklift delivered at your premises and you do not have resources to yourself pick up the forklift then finalize the deal that suits your budget.

Availability & Booking

Once you have determined exactly what your needs are, making sure that the type of forklift you need is available is the most important step. Contact your local forklift supplier and book what you need, making sure you’ve gone through each of the above points with them and have exactly what will get the job done.

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Budget

Like every other rental service selection process everything comes still to budget. Forklift rental can be an expensive piece of the puzzle, so make sure you analyze your budget and make an effort to avoid any sort of financial obstacle before making the booking.

After thinking about each of these aspects, you should have a pretty good idea of your forklift requirements and hopefully have a hassle-free forklift hire process.

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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!

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