Why You Snore and How to Stop It

One of the great annoyances of sleeping with a partner is the snoring. Many of us have experienced it. You settle into bed, you start to drift off, and then you hear that noise that loud sound coming from your partner, and suddenly, sleep vanishes while you listen to the nasal rock concert and hope your partner turns over and quiets down soon.

This happens to many of us every night, and we just resign ourselves to the fact without any further investigation. Our partner snores, and that’s the end of it.

Of course, that’s not really the end of it. There are causes to snoring, and in fact, there are also solutions.

There are a number of common causes for snoring, including allergies, smoking, hypothyroidism, alcohol, sleep apnea, obesity, daytime fatigue, a deviated septum or nasal passages, poor muscle toning of the tongue, or other general health problems.

Some of these causes can be addressed through lifestyle changes. Ask your partner to quit smoking and stop drinking alcohol at bedtime. While those aren’t easy fixes, per se, addressing them might lower the risk of a snore-filled night. At the same time, making sure to get enough rest (which would help with fatigue) and exercise (which would help with obesity) are excellent solutions to some of the other causes above.

Those four lifestyle changes, while again, not easy, are recommended regardless of snoring. Living smoke-free with moderation in alcohol, enough rest, and adequate exercise help health issues across the board.

At the same time, addressing allergies and hypothyroidism would also improve the health and quality of life for your snoring partner.

However, even with these issues all addressed, there is still a chance your partner will be keeping you awake half the night with his or her nighttime nasal orchestra.

Thankfully, you still don’t have to tolerate that forever. No, the solution isn’t earplugs, there are devises and techniques now that can ease your partner’s snoring or remove it entirely.

Some of these techniques can be used in sleep therapy, in which professionals help find the cause of your restless sleep and address it. If you have sleep apnea (which involves the temporary blocking of airways), you may need a device to correct the problem.

The truth is, as annoying as snoring is for you, there are greater risks for your partner. Snoring, especially if caused by sleep apnea, means your partner is not getting high-quality rest. This in and of itself is a problem, but sleep apnea can also lead to things as serious as a stroke or heart attack. It can also lead to depression.

So, don’t just resign yourself to your partner snoring forever. The best thing for them, and for you, is to go see a specialist and get the problem resolved permanently. Then, you can both sleep better and enjoy better health.

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My Dad and the Wrong Drug

Bad news for me and my family. My dad’s been out of commission lately, and now it looks like we’re going to have to sue somebody.

I’m sort of running through this too quickly, so I’ll try and slow down a bit.

My dad’s been feeling unwell lately. He’s been getting tired very quickly. He’s drowsy often. And he says he’s had some recurring nausea. We went to his doctor, and the doctor gave him a prescription. So far, all fine. The doctor said it wasn’t anything to worry about, but these pills should help.

We went to the pharmacist, and I want to say now, it wasn’t like at a very late hour and it wasn’t crazy busy so there’s no excuse for what happened. There were maybe two people ahead of us. We waited, got our pills. The instructions were three times a day. My dad must have sensed something was wrong because he double checked the name on the label with the name of the drug the doctor gave him. But everything matched up, so we took them and went home.

Nothing changed for a couple days. I mean, nothing. He was still drowsy, sleeping late, refusing to eat. We called the doctor, and the doctor was a bit puzzled as well. He said it should have taken effect faster, but we should go ahead and wait a couple more days. If nothing improved by then, he’d switch to a different drug.

It was that evening that my dad had a seizure. Absolutely terrifying. I’ve never seen one and I didn’t really know what to do. Thankfully, he’s alright. We went to the emergency room and spent a very scary and stressful night there. It was there that they figured out my dad was taking the wrong medication.

Now, we’re looking at lawsuits. There’s an ongoing investigation into what happened. We think the pharmacist simply put the wrong drug in the bottle, but the pharmacist claims the bottle was packaged wrong by the supplier.

All that means we don’t know who to go after until it gets cleared up if it can be cleared up. There was some kind of product liability issue, but I’m not confident it’ll ever get sorted out. It seems to me the safest thing for the pharmacist and the drug company to do would be to blame each other so no one can definitively be held responsible.

I want to just drop it, but my mom is determined. She’s calling the local newspapers and TV stations. She wants to make someone pay for this scare.

I just want my dad to get better. Hopefully, now we have a new prescription, he’ll start getting back to being his old self and we can get back to being the old happy family we’ve always been.

I don’t think I need to say that we insisted the doctor prescribe a different drug, and we picked it up at a new pharmacist. This one seems to be working far better.

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Kids Dental Health

Dental health is especially important for you as you grow and learn to follow routines – at home or school. Just as you follow a routine with getting up and getting dressed in the morning, it is also important for you to practice good dental hygiene on a regular basis. All children can get busy with their school work and activities, but following a schedule of good dental practices can benefit you in your growing years!

It is especially important for you to brush with toothpaste twice daily and floss your teeth once daily, preferably after eating a favorite snack or sweet beverage. Try to limit that sweet stuff! If you have a favorite fruit, cheese or yogurt, that may be better for you and to keep your teeth in great shape. If you also chew gum, try a sugarless one. There are some sugarless gums that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance by helping to prevent cavities by strengthening teeth. You can look for this ADA Seal when you get your chewing gum.

Flossing is a good habit to follow.   If you have questions about how to floss, ask your parents or your dentist. Flossing is good because it gets rid of bacteria and plaque buildup that could lead to inflammation and gum disease. To keep that beautiful smile, remember to floss.

It is also good to think about what you are eating because that affects your overall health and your dental health. Keeping your teeth and body healthy will help you as you grow older. Make sure that you get enough lean proteins, grains, and fruits and vegetables. The proteins that would be good are not just meats and seafood, but you also can have eggs, beans, legumes or peas.

If your teeth are out of alignment, you can check with your dentist to see if you can benefit from braces. Your teeth may get harder to keep clean and it could be easier to get cavities if you don’t get braces when you need them. For those of you that already have braces, good oral hygiene is especially important. Check with your dentist on foods that may need to be avoided, as they could interfere with the braces or bend the wires. Any sticky foods like caramel or chewy candy or gum would be best to be avoided if you have braces. Also, foods like hard candy, popcorn, or nuts may cause some issue with your braces. Or, if you like apples or carrots, try slicing them first before eating them. If you do have to go to the dentist to get your braces tightened and your teeth get sore, you can get by for a few days by eating softer foods like soups, smoothies, or oatmeal.

As a kid, you learn habits, so it is best to learn some good habits! It is best to not skip on your dental hygiene or a well-balanced diet! See the dentist regularly and smile!

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What is Craft Beer?

Over the last several years, craft beers have skyrocketed in popularity. It seems like every bar in town offers a multitude of different types of local beers to try. However, for anyone just entering the craft beer scene, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Even just understanding what makes your drink a “craft beer” can be hard for a beginner. Thankfully, the beer experts at craftbeer.com have created a convenient guide to explain the basics of what makes a craft beer.

The United States has the largest selection of beers available in the entire world. There are over 150 styles of beer, over 2,000 brands, and an estimated 5,000 breweries creating individual craft beers.  These numbers have been on the rise since 2011, and they are expected to continue growing, as more people are discovering a love for the wide variety that craft beers offer. According to the article, it is difficult to strictly define a craft beer because each of these beers is different from one another. However, there are key factors to look for and recognize that help to create the quintessential craft brew. The most important of the include:

  • The primary ingredients used: these ingredients may include malt, hops, yeast, and water.
  • The senses used when tasting the beer: the appearance, mouthfeel, aroma, and flavor of the beer all enhance the actual drinking experience.
  • Elements which enhance the beer-drinking experience: these are additional components breweries may offer with their beer. Some of the most common include glassware, food pairings, and service
  • Key characteristics which define and differentiate beers: the SRM identifies the color of the beer, IBU measures the hops in the beer and how they affect the flavor, ABV determines how alcoholic the brew is, and gravity indicates the amount of residual sugar after fermentation

Each of these different factors makes up the beer that you are drinking, and they will change for every brew that you try. Determining which of these factors are you favorite can help you find other beers that you enjoy, and it will also allow you to better understand your drink.

Once you better understand the differences between craft beers, you can begin to choose your drinks more carefully. This allows you to try beers you know you will enjoy and venture into new beer territory. Although it will take time and practice to begin recognizing the differences in each brew, this knowledge can take your drinking experience to a different level of interest and enjoyment.

Local bars and breweries offer a wide range of options of different craft beers to try. However, you can also bring the on-tap drinking experience right to your home. Growler Chill allows you to keep growlers of craft beer fresh for days. This way you can enjoy trying a wide variety of beers, while still maintaining the freshness of beer on-tap. Click here to pre-order your Growler Chill today and enjoy the exciting world of craft beer.

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Selling Mineral Rights means Cash Up Front

The discovery of new shale gas regions at various locations in the U.S. plus the advancement in drilling technologies have led the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) to confidently state that the decline in the volume of natural gas produced from existing shale regions can, and will be, offset by new ones. Even the International Energy Agency (IEA) was candid enough to say that the increase in natural gas production may end US’ reliance on foreign oil over the next twenty years.

Shale gas pertains to natural gas trapped within fine-grained sedimentary rocks or shale formations. These sedimentary rocks are abundant sources of natural gas and petroleum. According to the EIA, the top six regions in the US that produce all of the nation’s domestic natural gas needs, as well as about 90% more growth in oil production are the:

  • Eagle Ford shale in Southern Texas;
  • Bakken shale region, which extends from North Dakota and Montana;
  • Niobrara, which stretches across parts Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and South Dakota;
  • Haynesville in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas;
  • Permian in Western Texas; and,
  • Marcellus, one of the most extensive shale regions in the US and probably the second largest in the world. This shale area across Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.

Private individuals, whose properties will most likely be affected by the still widening drilling activities in the top six regions, are all frequently confronted by the same question: Will they be selling their property, selling mineral rights or will they just be leasing these?

Offers from companies willing to buy mineral rights can reach millions of dollars. When an offer is made, this means cash up front. A property owner may, however, choose to sell only his or her mineral rights and not the whole property (this is allowed in states where separate ownership of real estate and mineral rights is recognized).



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