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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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Getting A Handle On Addiction

To deal with school and her problems, Jolene drinks alcohol in the morning, then continues throughout the day. If she doesn’t drink, Jolene feels nauseated and gets a headache.

Devon chews half a can of tobacco every day. When he tries to stop, he gets strong cravings and starts chewing again. Devon has a painful white lump inside his mouth where he places the tobacco.

Devon’s brother Alan is addicted to cocaine. Four months ago, Alan tried some cocaine at a party and now snorts it regularly. He has lost weight and his nose runs constantly. His grades have slipped and he dropped off the hockey team.

Who has the drug addiction? Actually, all three teens are addicted to a drug: Jolene to alcohol, Devon to nicotine, and Alan to cocaine. Getting help is not so difficult.

Mind and Body Dependence

Any substance that can change a mood or state of mind is called a psychoactive or mood-altering drug. Using psychoactive drugs can escalate into an addiction, which is a physical or psychological dependence on the drug. With psychological dependence, a person needs to keep taking a drug to get its effects. A physical dependence means that if someone stops taking the drug, withdrawal symptoms occur and the person feels uncomfortable or sick. Some people have both types of drug dependence.

An addiction takes time to develop, usually weeks, months, or years. The drug addiction process follows a typical pattern:

Relief–If bored, lonely, unhappy, scared, angry, or feeling pressured, some people try a drug or drink alcohol for quick relief.

Increased use–To feel the same relief, the person must take more of the drug or alcohol more often.

Preoccupation–The person frequently thinks about taking the drug and/or about its effects. Daily use becomes the norm. Problems with parents, relationships, or school increase.

Dependency–More of the drug or alcohol is needed just to feel OK. Physical signs such as coughing, sore throat, runny nose, weight loss, and fatigue are common Blackouts and overdosing may occur. The person now has an addiction.

Withdrawal–If users can’t get the drug, most experience withdrawal symptoms: itching, chills, feeling tense, nausea, sweating, and stomach pain.

These physical effects vary, depending on the drug, but are signs that a teen is smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, or using other psychoactive drugs.

Watch Out!

Use these questions to detect drug use or addiction:

* When faced with a problem or stressful situations, does the person drink, smoke, or use other drugs?

* Does the person drink until drunk?

* Does the person miss school, work, or fun times because of alcohol or other drugs?

* Is the user preoccupied with how to get drugs?

* Does the person drive while drunk or high?

* Can the person have fun only if using drugs or alcohol?

* Has home and/or school become intolerable because of drinking or drug taking? Or is the person drinking or taking drugs because of a miserable home life?

* Has the tobacco, alcohol, or drug user tried to quit and failed?

Teen drug users may hide or carry cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs; have abrupt mood or attitude changes or unusual flares of temper; steal, or borrow more and more money from family members or friends. They may skip school or let grades slip. Also some teens start hanging out with a new group of friends who use drugs.

Heading Off Trouble

People who take drugs or alcohol for fun or to deal with unhappiness may find they can’t stop and end up addicted. Teen drug abuse often starts with alcohol or tobacco. Although legal for adults, these drugs are illegal for teens. Users may next try an illegal drug such as marijuana, then possibly others. Use of other illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin is unusual in those who have not previously used alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana. So, the surest way to head off an addiction is to not use these psychoactive drugs:

* Alcohol, a depressant, is the world’s most widely used drug. It slows down the brain, body systems, and reactions. More people are addicted to alcohol than to any other drug. This addiction is called alcoholism.

* The addicting ingredient in tobacco is nicotine, a stimulant. Users find nicotine addiction difficult to break because nicotine is a potent drug with painful withdrawal symptoms. More teens are addicted to tobacco than to alcohol.

* Other psychoactive, drugs include marijuana, PCP, and solvents. Marijuana remains the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. People can become psychologically dependent on marijuana and find it hard to stop using it. Cravings to smoke marijuana are very intense. Withdrawal from PCP also causes extreme cravings for the drug. Although inhalants are legal products (glue, hair spray, paint thinner, etc.), some people use them illegally. Inhalants depress the central nervous system. They can affect liver function and can kill.

* Stimulants or “uppers” are powerful and highly addicting. They include cocaine and methamphetamine (speed). Cocaine acts directly on the “pleasure centers” in the brain so that users want to feel this pleasure again and again. This triggers an intense craving for more cocaine. Many people who try methamphetamine also go on to compulsive use.

* The opiates, another type of mood-altering drug, include heroin. Heroin induces addiction by causing users to crave the drug. When they try to stop, they experience great physical pain.

Breaking Addictions

Addiction treatments vary according to the drug and are sometimes combined. Some people try going “cold turkey.” That is, they stop drinking or taking the drug all at once. Going cold turkey is not easy. When the body becomes physically dependent on a drug, it goes through withdrawal when the drug is absent. The physical and mental pain of an abrupt withdrawal can be difficult.

Another technique is to taper off. The addict gradually stops taking the drug or drinking. This method reduces the effects of withdrawal, giving the body time-to adjust.

Another approach is to use different substances to help people withdraw from their addiction. Alcoholics can take Antabuse, a drug that makes them sick if they drink, or a once-a-day pill that dampens alcohol cravings. Nicotine gum or patches help smokers ease away from smoking.

Twelve-step and other support group programs such as Rational Recovery have proven successful for many. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was the first 12-step program and is now used worldwide. AA has been adapted to many other addictions, including stop-smoking groups and drug-withdrawal programs.

Other treatments include crisis intervention, and hospital, clinic, and private programs. One-to-one or group counseling works for some people, too.

The long-term goal of treatment is to change the person’s life so that drug use is no longer satisfying. But it’s tough work to break a drug addiction.

External resource for individuals seeking help with opiate addiction: http://www.detox.net/clinics/methadone/california/

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