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SnoreRX Can Do A Lot To Ease Snoring

SnoreRX is good, but not faultless.

SnoreRX is good, but not faultless.

Are you living with snoring? Regardless if you are the person snoring, or the one who has to sleep next them, snoring can be a nightmare. Unfortunately it is fairly common. In the United States alone, at least 46% of people snore. That is almost half of the population! Frankly, I believe that snoring is simply a cascade or cycle of issues we experience. If you are overweight, this significantly exacerbates snoring, leaving you feeling tired during the day, thus increasing your consumption of more food and possibly even caffeinated beverages to try and keep you awake, which in turn adds to the obesity. It is a deadly cycle. And snoring is deadly believe it or not. Those who snore are at a higher risk of developing worse health conditions including, stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, heart disease and more.

Snoring can also indicate an even more disturbing condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea happens when a person’s airway is completely blocked while they are asleep. In most cases they can exhale air, but when they try to draw more air in, it cannot pass the by the relaxed jaw and throat muscles. The body and brain then recognizes that they are going without oxygen, and will wake the person up to get them to breathe again. As a result the person goes through a sleep/awake cycle that can happen over and over in the night. These people then attempt to go to work or function in their lives without having quality sleep. Sleep apnea has been linked to an increased amount of accidents while people are at work. They simply aren’t functioning at full capacity.

Thankfully there is a solution. A scientifically tried, true and effective one. In addition, if you are snoring, you can take heart knowing that you no longer have to consider surgery (which can put your health at significant risk) and possibly having to wear a costly, horrible CPAP device.

On the market today, you can find anti-snoring devices to help you either decrease or eliminate your snoring. One of the best available is the SnoreRX anti-snoring mouthpiece. It is a small plastic mouth guard (similar to ones used by professional athletes) that you wear in your mouth while you sleep.

There are two types of mouthpieces, SnoreRX falls in the category of MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) that works to hold your jaw in place while you sleep. Snoring is caused by the jaw, neck, tongue or throat muscles falling backwards, thanks to gravity, while the person is sleeping. This can block the airway.

The SnoreRX mouthpiece works to hold the jaw in place during sleep. What I like about the SnoreRX is that it is doctor approved, and in some cases recommended. It is made from medical grade materials, and best of all, it is adjustable. Typically anti-snoring mouthpieces use the “boil and bite” technique to create a custom fit mouthpiece that will work for you. You boil the mouthpiece, allowing it to become soft, insert it into your mouth, bite down and voila’ you have a custom impression of your own mouth.

The only problem with this is, you are making this impression while you’re awake, and most likely sitting or standing. As a result, when you wear your mouthpiece at night, when you are laying down and relaxed, you may find it doesn’t fit as well as you like.

The SnoreRX allows you to adjust your mouthpiece in 1 mm increments so you can find the very best fit for you. AND best of all, located on the side of the mouthpiece, it has a visual settings guide to help you see the changes you are making. Allowing you to reset the device as needed. This benefit alone sets it apart from the competition.

If you are considering investing in an anti-snoring mouthpiece, SnoreRX should be your first choice. I know you will find a peaceful night’s sleep for you and your loved ones.

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Resuscitation Is Different For Toddlers

Most high school students have had an opportunity to see–and even learn–mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But there are certain situations that require you to know more than the basics.

child-swimmingWould you, for example, give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to an infant the same way you would administer it to a child? Is a victim who has just been pulled from icy water treated differently than a victim pulled from warmer water?

Infants Are Special People

When the victim is an infant, there are a number of changes that must be made to resuscitate him or her successfully.

* Volume. The first major difference between adults and infants is, obviously, size. Infants’ lungs are so small that only a puff of air is needed to inflate them. A full breath, given by an adult, could damage an infant’s lungs. Therefore, when giving a breath to an infant, use only the amount of air you can get into your cheeks.

* Head/neck position. Another difference relates to the position of the infant’s head when opening his or her airway. If you were to tilt back the neck of an infant the way you would tilt an adult’s head, the result would be a buckling of the infant’s trachea and a blocked airway. Instead, lay the infant down on a firm surface, keeping the infant’s head in a neutral position with no neck extension at all. You will know if the head position is correct when the air you blow causes the chest to rise. If air does not go in, check the head position. The head may be tilted too far back.

* Sealing the mouth. Since babies are so small, it is very difficult to get a good, air-tight seal if you place your mouth on the baby’s mouth alone. Therefore, when giving artificial respiration to infants, cover the infant’s nose and mouth with your mouth and blow into both openings.

* Pulse check. A baby’s pulse in the carotid artery of the neck is difficult to feel. When taking an infant’s pulse, use the brachial artery on the inside of the upper arm between the elbow and shoulder. Use your fingers, not your thumb, to feel for the pulse.

* Breathing rate. Babies take more breaths per minute than do adults. A person who is resuscitating an adult gives one breath every five seconds, but in infants, one breath should be given every three seconds, or about 20 per minute.

Children Under Age Four

* Head/neck position. As with infants, children’s airways can also collapse if their head is tilted back too far. When tilting the head of a child, start with the neutral position (no head tilt), and then try to give two breaths. If the air does not go in and out, tilt the head slightly farther back and try again. This is called the “neutral plus” position. Continue increasing the tilt until air finally goes in and the chest rises.

* Breathing rate. As you might suspect, the rate of breaths in children is half-way between the adult rate of 12 per minute and the infant rate of 20 per minute. Give a child one breath every four seconds or about 15 breaths per minute.

Cold Water Drowning

“Nobody’s dead until they’re warm and dead.” This statement was made shortly after 4-year-old Jimmy Tontlewicz fell through the ice on Lake Michigan one winter day and plunged into 32 degree F water. It was 20 minutes before divers could find him and pull him to the surface. His skin was gray, no pulse could be found, and he wasn’t breathing. Yet Jimmy recovered because his rescuers knew he was a special case.

Some believe his recovery was due to the mammalian diving reflex. This reflex, which has been tested in seals, is suspected to occur in humans when they are thrown into cold water. When a seal is plunged into cold water, it stops breathing, and its heart rate decreases, reducing the workload on the heart. At the same time, the blood that is still flowing is directed to the heart and brain allowing the mammal to remain submerged for long periods of time with no apparent ill effects. Children submerged in cold water have survived after 30 minutes and more–way beyond the 6- to 10-minute survival rate expected.

This survival rate has important implications for rescuers. If you discover a person who has been submerged in cold water and appears dead, don’t just give up. Begin resuscitation immediately and be aware that he or she may also need CPR. Continue your efforts until help arrives or the victim responds. Many people, particulary children, who appeared dead after cold water drowning, have been successfully resuscitated. Not all victims of cold water drowning can be saved. All of the factors that determine a person’s survival in icy water are not really known.

Someday you might be at the scene of an emergency that requires rescue breathing. Your knowing how to respond both quickly and correctly could literally mean a breath of life.

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