Snoring is not funny. An estimated 45% occasionally snore and 25% or so do it every time they sleep. For some, its a relatively quiet and unnoticeable noise that doesnt affect their life at all, but for many its a serious issue that causes concern.Most snoring is about 60 decibels About the volume of a normal spoken conversation; bad snoring averages 80 decibels thats as load as a medium yell. World record breakers peak 90 decibels now thats loud.Who Cares?If you sleep with, or have slept with a snorer you will care. Snoring can have a dramatic affect on youre relationship. Sleep depravation causes people to become stressed, emotionally, erratic and unhealthy and snoring causes sleep depravation. Like a crying baby, snorers can wake their partners every half an hour, the emotional strain can be dramatic.But its not just partners who can potentially suffer. Snorers themselves, suffer the same depravation by being woken up (and turned over) by their partners. For the considerate the fear of waking their partner, causes them to carry a lot of tension while asleep, which can lead to back and shoulder problems, teeth grinding and other related issues. Snorers also put undue strain on their own heart and lungs. Why Do People Snore?Snoring is a noise made when the sufferer breathes (usually on intake) while asleep. This causes the soft palate and uvula (that thing that hangs down in the back of the throat) to vibrate. There are two main causes for the vibration, a blocked airway or weak muscles.Whats The Solution?Stop snoring treatments are widespread. Some are cheap and others expensive. Its big business. However, the vast majority of sufferers can stop snoring with simple exercises. For more "stop snoring" treatment information go to http://stop-snoring-treatment.com.
Alcoholism signs and symptoms are clues that alcohol may be a problem. If left untreated, alcoholism signs and symptoms and alcoholism can affect the quality of life of the person as well as those around them. Alcoholism is a disease where alcohol consumption (beer, wine, or hard liquor) is at a level that interferes with the person's physical and mental health, and negatively impacts family, social or work responsibilities.Alcoholism symptoms can be recognized relatively early in the disease's progression, but if not dealt with, alcoholism can be fatal. Here are "alcoholism signs and symptoms" that indicate alcohol may be a problem: Becoming Angry When Confronted About Drinking Daily or Frequent Alcohol Consumption Needed to Function Drinking Alone Finding Excuses to Drink Food Intake Neglect Hiding Alcohol Related Behavior Inability to Stop or Reduce Alcohol Consumption Memory Loss, Blackouts Morning Shakes Nausea, Vomiting Physical Appearance Neglect Violent Episodes Occur When Drinking When considering alcoholism signs and symptoms, alcoholism can be broadly divided into two categories - alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Alcohol abusers may drink heavily at various times, but they have not yet become alcohol dependent. Alcoholism signs and symptoms for "alcohol abuse" rs can be problems that happen while being intoxicated such as drinking and driving, violent episodes, or missing appointments, work or school. Alcohol dependence can develop over the years and follows a generally predictable pattern. A tolerance of alcohol develops first, which means a person needs to consume greater quantities of alcohol before the same effects are noticed. Over time, the person may lose control over their drinking and may not be able to stop even if they want to. And if alcohol consumption is reduced or stopped, withdrawal symptoms can be experienced which can range from annoying to life-threatening.If the alcoholic continues drinking, he or she may become obsessed with drinking to the exclusion of almost everything else. Many of the above alcoholism signs and symptoms may be noticed. The most severe kind of drinking is called 'binge drinking', periods of time with continuous heavy alcohol consumption. If alcoholism continues to progress, the mental and physical health of the alcoholic can seriously deteriorate. Many of the body's organs can become damaged which lowers resistance to disease and infections. Relationships at home or socially may become damaged, and there can be financial and legal problems due to the alcoholic's inability to stop drinking.If the alcoholic continues to drink, alcohol can ultimately cause their death one way or another. Accidents and related injuries, suicide, drownings and falling asleep in bed while smoking and intoxicated and burning to death are examples of the consequences of alcoholism. Health-wise, damage to the body's organs and systems due to long-term excessive drinking means the person will likely suffer from a number of diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, malnutrition and cancer.Are there different stages of alcoholism? Yes, most definitely. If the alcoholism signs and symptoms indicate that alcohol consumption is becoming or is already a problem, there are resources available to help with alcoholism and the serious consequences of this disease. Copyright 2006 InfoSearch Publishing
Copyright 2006 Frank ManganoAccording to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, 910,000 people will die this year from some form of cardiovascular disease. Thats a staggering forty percent of all annual deaths! The great irony is that cardiovascular disease is largely preventable. Have you taken the necessary steps to heart attack-proof yourself?Theres a simple, proven and easy way to reduce the chance of you becoming part of these grim statistics, and that is to increase your intake of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids.The research has continued to pour in from countless sources about the amazing benefits of the omega-3s. In fact, scientists and medical professionals alike now agree that the omega-3 fats can prevent and even reverse - the deadly effects of cardiovascular disease and stroke (the first and third leading causes of death, respectively).Omega-3 fats have gotten so much good press lately that youre probably already aware that you can get your omega-3 "fatty acids" from all types of seafood, particularly the oily fish like salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines. Studies have shown that people who consume high amounts of fish improve their overall health and well being in too many ways to list.A 17-year study of men with no history of heart disease, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids were more than 80 percent less likely to die suddenly from heart disease. And the benefits apply to women as well. A 16-year study of almost 85,000 women found that those who ate fish two to four times weekly cut their risk of heart disease by 30 percent, compared with women who rarely ate fish.A 1999 study called Food intake patterns and 25 year mortality from coronary heart disease, revealed some very interesting findings about omega-3 fatty acids by comparing the diet of people from America to other regions of the world. The results of this study showed that in countries like Japan, where seafood consumption is high, the prevalence of death from heart attacks is much lower than in America.Scientists believe that this is due to the fact that Asians eat far more seafood than Americans, and 85 percent of Americans are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. The same findings were uncovered with the Eskimos from Greenland, who also consume large amounts of seafood. The 1970 study found that despite eating a high fat diet, the Inuit had significantly lower incidence of heart disease.So what is it about omega-3 fatty acids that make them so great for your heart? It boils down to the chemical composition of the fatty acids. If you looked at them under a microscope, you would see that omega-3 fatty acids are long strands of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These polyunsaturates - alpha linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) - lead to significant reduction in cardiovascular disease risk and other health benefits.Studies show that consuming these omega-3 fatty acids over an extended period of time can decrease blood cholesterol levels, cause regression of coronary heart ailments and even help in preventing the progression of colon cancer.But despite the average American diet being low in omega-3 fatty acid consumption, there is a limit to how much you can consume safely. The recommended daily intake of EPA and DHA is approximately 650mg per day. That figure is even higher for pregnant women who should consume 1000mg of EPA and DHA per day. Because of the high amounts of mercury found in fish, however, it can be dangerous to consume the amount of seafood you would need in order to reach the optimal intake. Thats why fish oil supplements are a great way to obtain your essential fats.Personally, I use Carlsons Fish and Cod Liver Oil. I receive no payment for endorsing this brand, I recommend it simply because I believe its the best on the market. This is due to the optimal amounts of EPA and DHA, the strict guidelines they follow for purity (keeping their oil free of chemical modification and contaminants like mercury or lead) and the addition of extra vitamin E to protect the freshness and potency of the oil.Carlsons test their "fish oil" regularly for potency and purity by an independent, FDA registered laboratory and found them to be free of detectable levels of mercury, cadmium, lead, PCB's and 28 other contaminants. These are all important considerations because there is no doubt that all brands of fish oil are not the same and you really do get what you pay for.What about flaxseed oil? You may have heard that flaxseed is a rich source of omega 3 fats. This is true. However, flaxseed oil supplements may be less effective than fish oil and heres why: Flaxseed has high amounts of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which your body must convert into EPA and DHA. However, the EPA and DHA found in fish oils are broken down more rapidly and far more effectively than ALA. Furthermore, because the average American already consumes high amounts of ALA already, supplementing with more ALA isnt always optimal.Bottom line: Its not often that a nutritional supplement comes along that gets unanimous thumbs up from the scientific community as well as the natural health community, but fish oil is certainly one supplement you cannot go wrong with in your quest to improve your health and protect yourself from heart disease naturally.
Allergy season is here, and that spells trouble for millions of Americans. Allergy triggers, like oak, ash, alder, elm, poplar, sycamore, grasses, molds, mulberry, and ragweed, can cause anything from sneezing to watery eyes to fever. Experts estimate that 20 percent of Americans suffer from allergies. And that number is even higher in certain regions of the country. For example, almost half of the population in the Southwest fights the allergy battle every year.To help keep allergens out of the air in their homes, many people use special filters as part of their air conditioning system. But what about the millions of allergy sufferers using evaporative coolers instead of air conditioners?Evaporative coolers, also referred to as "swamp coolers," bring in outside air to cool the home, but most units have no built-in air filtration.Coolers generally consist of a fan and damp pads. Units cool outside air by about 20 degrees by drawing the air through the wet pads and blowing it into the house. As opposed to air conditioners, which make circulating air drier, coolers slightly increase the humidity of the air. Now, cooler owners can filter the air coming into their homes. CoolPad Plus is an evaporative cooler pad that provides both high-efficiency cooling and allergy relief. Coolpad Plus has a special layer of polyester to provide increased air filtration of pollen, mold spores, dust and ragweed. It is designed to help relieve allergy symptoms and also to keep the cooler and home cleaner. Coolpad Plus removes up to 89 percent of pollen, dust and airborne particles. Eight out of 10 people say CoolPad Plus out- performs their previous cooler pad, and it lasts twice as long as competing brands to cool all season long. Rigid pad construction prevents sagging and hot air leaks. CoolPad Plus also contains a special wetting agent for faster cooling and has more than 190,000 water absorbing baffles per pad for better comfort.
Depression is a status of mind which can bring serious altercation with human behavior which ultimately upsets even the harmony of stability, in a broad sense. An uncontrolled state of depression seriously affects all the activities of a man and brings far reaching biological and metabolic disfunctionalities in his day today life. Mental depression is a phenomenon to which man has been battling hard over the time to smoothen his journey through the road of life. The amazing and most intimidating aspect of depression, when the matter concerns to the context of treatment is the consistently inconsistent identification of deep routed reasons behind the very mental peregrination. Here, the categorization of reasons becomes ever so impractical. It could not necessarily be attributed to the lean and rough patches in life. It could not significantly be supplemented only with his or her living circumstances. Instead, it is absolutely true to state that even a blank minded state could bring depression to a person.The emotional symptoms of depression are as diverse as it can be. In a depressed state, one would have least interest to do even his routine activities. He would find himself tied up by some unknown force. He would not have any interest to engage himself in anything. Also, a depressed state of mind disturbs even his sleep. Sleepless nights, attributed by depressed state can even compound the problems. His thoughts wander like anything as if he has encountered the biggest of blocks in life. He loses his ability of concentration, which seriously shift the track of his professional and personal life, where his life goes for a toss. He seem to have no energy whatsoever in any activity he involves and gives even well built a man, an impression that he is too weak to deal, even the simplest of things. Ultimately, a depressed mind provokes him to question, even the purpose of his existence. Numerous cases of suicides have been reported because of this mental handicap.It is highly important to note that the age is no longer a constraint for mental depression. Revolutionary changes and rapid transformation of life styles have helped depression to get cultivated even among younger generation. Among these people, bitter experiences in life, desperation incidents which stood worthy to twist his deep rooted mind set etc could be counted as primary reasons. If not identified and controlled in the initial stage, this mental status can evolve as serious disorder. Emphasizing on the point that ,when due care has to be paid for this intricate issue, the role of family, friends and society is so critical to bring back, the ever so needed normalcy.Friends and relatives must try to convince the depressed, about the purpose and meaning of life, and should try to make them understand the need of overcoming the state of mind to face the challenges of tomorrow. Council ling has proved to be effective over the time and will be good enough to retain the peace and harmony of mind. Relaxation exercises are the best medicine to cure mind diseases and the near and dear ones have the responsibility to inculcate a habit in them. They can even seek the assistance of technology to overcome this mental illness. Hypnosis cd s are available in the market that are developed by experts in this arena.Hence, depression is a product of mental wanderings, and is too intricate to deal in an advanced stage; simply because, the intricacy of depression has to be dealt with the delicacy of mind.