Is your partner complaining about your snoring? You might have a problem. Comments Off on Is your partner complaining about your snoring? You might have a problem. 54929

Your partner might not have the heart to tell you, but your snoring sucks. They might tell you that it’s slight and cute and they don’t mind, but they are just trying not to hurt your feelings. I, on the other hand, have no such obligation. In truth, snoring isn’t as annoying and unbearable as I make it out to be. It might actually be “cute” but something has to be done about it nonetheless. It might be a sign of something more serious than just a mildly distasteful sleeping habit. So, is your snoring far more serious than you think, or am I just being hard?

Having sleep apnea isn’t necessarily a bad thing (ok technically it is). But it doesn’t always have to be life or death. You could see a doctor and try to get things sorted out before it’s too late. After all, sleep apnea deprives your entire body and brain of some much-needed oxygen.

An individual is said to have sleep apnea when they don’t get enough oxygen during sleep because their brain isn’t sending signals fast enough to the rest of the body. It doesn’t know to breathe in during sleep; or it could be caused when the muscles of the throat are relaxed which causes the pathways to narrow, so the body doesn’t get enough oxygen during sleep. There are three major types of apnea and although their causes vary, they pretty much cause similar problems down the road.

I’m not typing this long list of diseases to scare you, but they are some of the possible conditions that might result from prolonged sleep apnea.

Some of the diseases that can arise from sleep apnea are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Liver problems
  • Sleep-deprived partners

Although the diseases on this list are scary and often life-threatening, they rarely happen in most cases. Like with most life-threatening diseases out there, early identification is what it’s all about.

Here are a few ways of identifying sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Short moments when you stop breathing completely
  • Dry mouth in the morning
  • Falling asleep during the day
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Short attention span while awake

Note: Sleep apnea isn’t quite identical across the spectrum. Some people don’t even snore loudly at night. I know that this might sound confusing but things aren’t always as simple as they seem. You have to watch out for some of the other symptoms if you think that you might have sleep apnea. Your best bet is to just get yourself checked out whenever you can.

Now then, how exactly can we help ourselves when we find out that we have sleep apnea?

Although there are some home remedies and radical dietary alternatives, the safest solution is going with modern medicine. In-person sleep studies, surgeries, and even medications are all options that might be available to you. With that said, here are a few things easy ways to help with your sleep apnea.

Keep your weight under check

Although this symptom is particularly restricted to obstructive sleep apnea, it’s a great idea to adopt it nonetheless. It’ll look after you long after the sleep apnea has passed and it does come with some added physical advantages. It is well known that obesity has a lot of unsightly consequences, but what most people don’t know is that it can also be the cause of sleep apnea. Obesity blocks some of the essential pathways such as the nasal passages and this often results in sleep apnea.

Change your sleep position

It has been noted that certain sleeping postures actually help with your sleep apnea. Something as simple as sleeping on your side can greatly impact the overall frequency of your snores and gasps. Sleeping on your side makes it less likely for your tongue to obstruct your airway. Although not everyone is immediately relieved by this simple home remedy, it’s still quite memorable all things considered.

Quit smoking

In case you might not know, smoking can kill you eventually. They don’t only break down the cells in your lungs, they also increase inflammation and fluid retention in the throat which can cause sleep apnea.

Sleep regularly

I understand that gasping for breath in the middle of the night can be problematic but adequate sleep goes a long way in improving the quality of your sleep and your life span altogether.

Your partner’s sporadic sleep pattern might not be a result of his or her strange sleeping habits. It might be something more serious than that and you should always watch him or her when they are asleep. That is when you will really know if they are at risk.

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Getting your kids to read this summer Comments Off on Getting your kids to read this summer 64463

Summer means different things for different people. For twenty-year-old’s, it’s the time to work and party; for parents, it’s the time to hold neighborhood events and start saving up, and for kids, it’s the time to kick back and finally have some fun. School’s out! 😃 It’s that one time of the year when they can go to the beach and hang out with all their friends without worrying about some project or homework. For them, the entire summer is all about having fun, and as a parent, it’s your sacred duty to balance fun with continuing education. You might even be able to replace “fun” with something more rewarding – like reading!

Knowledge attained outside the classroom tends to stick around longer

You don’t want to be the “uncool” parent that forces your kid to do something school-related during the summer, but you don’t really have that much of choice, here’s why. The lessons that really stick with you long after you finish school are the ones that you learned when you didn’t really have to.

The knowledge that is acquired without some form of ultimatum or consequence always leaves a lasting impression. It also introduces you to a new side of knowledge that is not purely scholarly.

Reading is right for you regardless of what it is that you decide to read – obviously you will have to control your kids’ intake in your spare time. Reading strengthens the mind, and continual learning increases the speed at which you assimilate and process information. Just imagine the kind of impact a fantastic reading speed could have on your kid educational future. You could be adequately preparing them for a future in academia.

Exposure

The reward of “ruining” their obsessively fun summer will be some exposure to other subjects and topics that are unfamiliar to them. Recreational reading could be very instrumental in building up their overall personality. Plus, proper exposure ensures that they have enough information to make smarter and more informed decisions at a tender age.

It can teach them to research and ask questions

Summer reading could form the basis of a voracious reading habit that could beautifully complement their curiosity. It’s not every kid that thinks about something strange that eventually go on to investigate, summer reading could introduce them to the concept of research.

How to get your kids to read during the summer

It’s easy to talk about getting your kids to read during the summer, getting them to do it another issue entirely.

Kids can be especially stubborn or pigheaded when you are trying to force them to do what they simply have no interest in. The only way to have them do what you want the right way is to either introduce a reward system or trick them that it’s all their idea. Local library’s often offer summer reading lists per age group.

Reward system

Are you having a hard time getting your kid to do anything you want? Wait patiently, there is always something they’ll want, and you can use that to get what you want – in this case, it’s a healthy reading habit.

When they come to you with a ridiculous demand, you can propose a fair trade that will engage their mind and keep it focused on a book that you’ll recommend. You can even choose to deliver the reward after the completion of several books, that way, you are getting the most out of your deal.

You can also choose to limit or restrict play time, and the completion of a certain number of pages could be the requirement they must fulfill before they are allowed to play again.

Making them think it’s their idea

In my experience, people are always more motivated to complete a project that they believe to be totally theirs. When it’s your plan, you just tend to pay more attention to it, it’s like you want to prove something to yourself and others around you. Adults think this way, and so do kids. They can be pretty devoted to completing a book they just accidentally stumbled upon or saw you flip through.

Sometimes you don’t have to be so obvious or aggressive, you could give a rousing speech about reading and hand them a book that you know that they’ll enjoy and leave the rest to them.

The summertime doesn’t have to all about vacations and parties, it could also be an opportunity for your kid to develop a reasonably analytical mind.

Do you have enough sex? Comments Off on Do you have enough sex? 78608

I’d bet you don’t normally take relationship advice from a total stranger, but since you are here, let’s dive right into it. Do you have enough sex?

That’s the multi-million-dollar question, isn’t it? How much sex is considered normal? And how much is too little? While the answer to your question will vary depending on who you ask, I’m going to play doctor and survey expert and tell you what doctors, and people in general, consider too much or too little sex.

As long as you and your partner or partners are comfortable, there is no such thing as too much sex. Comfortable being the key word here.

So, what qualifies as comfortable?

During sex, comfortable translates to the absence of pain. When you feel comfortable, and not sore or raw “down there,” then you aren’t having too much sex. If that changes, and you become uncomfortable, sore, or raw, then you should probably give your private bits a couple of days off. As a lady, when there is too much penetration or discharge of fluids, the vagina can get really dry, and without proper lubrication, vaginal tearing is definitely going to happen. This can lead to a lot of nasty things, and you might end up needing to see your gynecologist.

Men are not left out of this equation either. When a man ejaculates more than ten times in three days, he can experience some pain “down there” for a while. He might have trouble getting an erection, but after two or three incidents, he should be able to adapt to the demands of his sex schedule.

Some not so clear answers

Now that we’ve covered that area, let’s tackle the burning question on everyone’s mind. Do you have enough sex? Truthfully, there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question. As I said, it depends on who you ask. A doctor might tell you that as long as you are sexually active once in a while, then you are okay. Younger and more sexually active people will probably give you an excessive number that you can not possibly compete with.

Getting your own answers

Do you have enough sex?

The only person who can really answer that question is you. In my experience, most people inflate the number of sexual encounters they have on an average. Sure, they might have loads of sex, but they will definitely add a body or two just to be sure that you don’t have a higher count than they do. I know this because I do it, and so do some of my friends. Bottom line is, you cannot take anything anybody says about sexual encounters at face value. They tend to exaggerate, and their numbers are not reliable or realistic.

In my experience, the real answer to this question lies with you. Without external influence, of course, if you feel utterly satisfied with your sexual life, then you have enough sex. If you have sex, say once per week, and you are ecstatic, then you are all good.

You can have more if your partner still needs to have some more sex, but don’t take your lack of desire as an indication of a weak sexual drive. We are different people inherently, and as such, we all have different sexual drives and requirements and honestly, if you aren’t enthusiastic about having sex, then you shouldn’t force yourself to have more.

Forcing yourself to have more sex when you are really uninterested can have the opposite effect on your sexual drive. It might end up seeming like more of a chore and less of a ceremony of pleasure.

Although I stand by what I said, real life is often far more complicated than all the words and theories out there. We know very well that sexuality is fluid, and so is the desire to have sex too. Sometimes we are very indifferent towards sex, and other times we want to keep going till the sun comes up. Regardless of how you feel, the same rule applies: If you are having sex and you want to have more, then you probably need to have more – but not till you cause a vaginal tear or something. However, if you go at it a few times and you are all filled up then call it a night and don’t keep going just because it’s what is expected of you.

In summary, regardless of how wild you are, as long as you are happy and satisfied, then you are in the clear. You are the only one that can really determine if you have enough sex. Any external yardstick is just putting you in a corner and is not really helping you.

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