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How Hand Dryers Spread Bacteria Will Surprise You

How Hand Dryers Spread Bacteria Will Surprise You

It’s gross! I’m referring to germs and bacteria being blown into the air.

Before diving into an explanation on what’s the fuss about airborne bacteria, let me talk about this first: you might think that the bathroom is a relatively safe and an unintimidating place especially when it’s clean and properly maintained. However, A new study just came out with new discoveries pertaining to the safest method in drying hands to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Is it using paper towels, warm-air dryers, or jet dryers? Based on the study in the Journal of Hospital Infection, the University of Leeds’ researchers soaked volunteers’ hands in paint. After a while, the scientists had the participants dry their hands using the three methods mentioned earlier. The principle behind the process is that the paint will be used to simulate bacteria and it will be a great way to find out which of the three methods is best to prevent the spread of disease.

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Look below, the stain on the wall that resembles an air-brush smear is the work of a warm-air dryer.

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    In the next part of the study, volunteers’ hands were coated with lactobacilli bacteria to mimic the dirty hands of an individual who attempted to clean his hands but ended up not washing properly. Jet dryers, which blasts air vigorously were the most intense culprits. Warm-air dryers which are gentler were better, to a certain extent, and good old paper towels, did not scatter much bacteria at all. The study came out with figures to measure up things and it showed drying up with jet dryers resulted to 27 times as much bacteria blown in the air compared to using paper towels.

    In the end, even if it’s a bit old fashioned, and it has some environmental issues, paper towels are still the best option when drying up after using the john.

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    Sources:

    This Photo Will Make You Never Want to Use a Hand Dryer Again by Jesse Singal via Science of Us

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    This Is How Hand Dryers Spread Bacteria by Sarah Zhang via Gizmodo

    Featured photo credit: Photo Credit: NickNguyen via Compfight cc via compfight.com

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    Last Updated on June 13, 2019

    5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

    5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

    Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

    You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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    1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

    It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

    Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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    2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

    If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

    3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

    If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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    4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

    A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

    5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

    If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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    Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

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