Too Many Zzz’s: Understanding Snoring

Snoring can be caused by breathing problems, sleeping on your back, deviated septum or alcohol. The cure depends on the person and the cause.

Bed stores offer plenty of comfortable mattresses and cushy sheets to keep you comfortable and warm while you drift into peaceful slumber. Unfortunately, not many businesses offer solutions for snoring, which proves to be a much more serious issue than you realize. About 40 percent of people over the age of 40 snore, and snoring has ruined more than a handful of relationships. Let’s take a closer look at snoring and some potential solutions.

illustration of mouth while snoring
If you have congestion or breathing problems, you are more likely to snore.

Getting in on the Ground Snore

Snoring is the sound that comes from any structures in your upper airway vibrating against each other, usually on the inhale. There’s a lot of stuff in your mouth and the back of your throat—your tongue, uvula, soft palate, pharyngeal walls, tonsillar pillars—that can potentially vibrate.

So why don’t you snore when you’re awake? There are a lot of things that happen during sleep beyond you dreaming and drooling. During sleep, your body produces chemicals that paralyze your muscles. Sounds scary, but it’s necessary. Without those paralyzing chemicals, you would end up sleepwalking or potentially act out what’s happening in your dreams, which is a real thing known as REM behavior disorder.

As the muscles in your upper airway relax, they constrict the size of the airway space. It would be like turning a wide pipe into a small garden hose. This turbulence and a limited airflow cause the various parts in your mouth to vibrate.

Going Snore to Snore

If everyone’s muscles relax during sleep, why doesn’t everyone snore? Some common causes of snoring include:

  • Breathing problems: If you’re experiencing any sort of congestion, whether it’s from a cold or allergies, you’re more likely to snore. Congestion often blocks or swells the nasal passages, forcing you to breathe through your mouth instead of your nose, increasing the chances of snoring up a storm.




  • Sleeping on your back: Although it’s the most common sleeping position, lying on your back causes gravity flattens your airway and pulls your mouth open, forcing shallow breathing from your mouth.

  •  Deviated septum: An estimated 2.2 million people in the U.S. suffer from a deviated septum. The nasal septum is what divides the nasal passage into two halves. When it deviates, the septum blocks one of the nasal passages, which makes breathing through your nose much more difficult.

  • Alcohol: It’s no surprise that alcohol loosens your tongue and relaxes your inhibitions, but it also relaxes the muscles in and around your throat. This increases the pliability of throat tissues, narrowing your airway and promoting more vibrating as the air passes through.

Products to Stop Snoring

There are a wide range of products that purport to cure snoring. The web offers a product for almost anything. The cure depends on the person and the cause. Nasal strips hold your nasal passages open, allowing for clear nose breathing when you’re congested. Nasal sprays attempt to do the same, while throat sprays work under the assumption that snoring is partly caused by a dry throat.

For some, the solution may be as simple as sleeping on your side or refraining from drinking too much alcohol before bed. If you’re suffering from severe snoring and have tried everything else, you should contact your doctor for a more long-term solution.

 

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3 Common Myths About Alcohol

Myths concerning alcohol consumption are: beer causes a beer gut, sucking on pennies tricks the breathalyzer test, and nightcaps help you sleep.

For centuries, alcohol has been a social lubricant that keeps the good times flowing. Various forms of drink have been used to supplement diets, cure medical problems and aid in digestion. However, somewhere through the course of history, we came up with some strange beliefs about alcohol consumption. Let’s take a look at some prevailing myths about drinking alcohol.

Police officers wait 15 minutes before administering the Breathalyzer test, during which time they make you talk and check that you don’t have anything in your mouth.
Police officers wait 15 minutes before administering the Breathalyzer test, during which time they make you talk and check that you don’t have anything in your mouth.

1. The Beer Gut

There’s an unspoken understanding that anyone who drinks any amount of beer will suffer the dreaded beer gut. We’ve seen the family member or coworker with a fat tire around their midsection and dubbed a “beer belly.”

In reality, the beer gut doesn’t actually exist, or, more specifically, you can’t gain a gut from drinking beer. According to a study conducted in Britain and the Czech Republic, the amount of beer you drink has no link to the size of your stomach. What about the people who do appear to have the characteristic beer belly? As it turns out, it’s all genetic. That’s right. Just like the color of your eyes and hair, beer gut is just something you’re genetically predisposed to. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to have one.

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Tips for Daily Foot Care

To promote healthy feet by preventing foot problems, exercise by walking, wear comfortable shoes that fit and wash your feet regularly.

Your posture affects everything from your digestion to breathing to mood, and good posture starts from the ground up.  Healthy feet promote a healthy body through good posture and circulation. Let’s take a look at some ways you can take care of your feet every day.

Treat your feet with care and they will repay you with good support. Treat your feet with care and they will repay you with good support.
Treat your feet with care and they will repay you with good support.
Treat your feet with care and they will repay you with good support.

1. Wear comfortable shoes that fit.

Most foot problems stem from uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes. Shoes that are too tight constrain your feet, leading to corns, ingrown nails, hammer toe, and general pain throughout the day. They also cut off blood flow, making feet feel cold or numb. On the other hand, shoes that fit too big will cause blisters and calluses. Choose Sperry’s,  Dr. Comfort shoes, or another shoe store that is in business to find the right shoe for a perfect fit for your foot.

But even shoes that fit won’t necessarily be food for your feet. For example, wearing high heels every day will cause damage to the bones in your feet and force undue strain on your ankles, knees, and hips, especially if you’re doing a lot of standing all day. While that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear heels, limit how often you wear them. Opt for sneakers or, for fancier occasions, comfortable flats.

Try to find breathable shoes to reduce the sweat—and the stink.




2. Walk it off.

Walking puts stress on your feet, so you should stay off your feet as much as possible, right? Not exactly. Your feet have muscles—who’d have thought?—and like all the other muscles in your body, they need exercise to stay strong and supportive. Walking is the best way to get your feet the exercise they need. Taking a walk every day keeps your muscles firm and toned and ensures that your tendons and ligaments stay limber, preventing fallen arches and other foot problems in the future.

If your walks are accompanied by sore feet or legs, look for insoles that provide proper arch support or try walking on dirt, grass, or a soft track that provides a little more cushioning than a stretch of concrete.

3. Scrub Up

Even the most hygienic people have trouble washing their feet. But cleaning your feet is important to their overall health.

Your feet have to deal with a lot throughout the day. Along with the regular bumps and bruises that come with walking, they have to stay trapped inside a pair of shoes. And that means sweat. All that moisture is uncomfortable and stinky for you, but for bacteria, it’s a wonderful place to play and cavort. Refraining from a regular foot washing allows all that bacteria and fungi to grow and accumulate, which adds to the odor and leads to fungal infection to fungal infection, skin problems, and a whole host of other issues.

So scrub up, especially between the toes, and make sure you dry your feet properly after your shower. Treat your feet with care and they will repay you with good support. Your feet are a more important medical aspect of you than what you may think.

 

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Things to Consider Before Getting a Eye Test

Have your physician monitor your eyesight to detect problems early as part of your medical well being. See an optometrist or, an ophthalmologist.

by Rita Ramonez – Vision is one of the many assets we have which need to be constantly taken care of. You must require physicians to monitor your eyesight as an important part of your medical well being. An eye test will help you protect your vision with early detection of problems, checking you for vision-related diseases, and referring you to trusted optometry partners for glasses or contact lenses if you need them.

Do simple tests such as the Astigmatism test. Some websites offer such tests online.
Do simple tests such as the Astigmatism test. Some websites offer such tests online.

If you have an eye condition, you should seek care from an eye doctor who is highly trained and skilled and in business specifically for monitoring it. In many cases, this could mean that medical or surgical eye care by a specially trained ophthalmologist rather than an optometrist is in order.

You are given a comprehensive eye sight test that follows the recommendations of the Optometric Association. Other eye tests, such as the color blind test is also usually available should you be having trouble distinguishing colors. Depending on the age of the patient, it follows the following schedule. The first appointment is done at six months old. If nothing is detected, again at the age of three. A comprehensive eye test is carried out in addition to a vision screening each year. Again, apart from every one to two years, if wearing glasses or contact lenses, have vision testing each year. Another one at age 40, as vision begins to change, and one each year following. Do it every year to prevent and manage visual function and age-related eye diseases.




In between tests, observe changes in your eyesight. Do simple tests such as the Astigmatism test. Some websites offer such tests online. You cannot improve eyesight by eye exercises. These methods are highly controversial. Vision experts say there is little or no scientific evidence that shows they work.

One needs to foremost imbibe the fact that that eyes are vital for any form of life and are almost as precious as life to humans. Also keeping in mind the scientific part, eyes are highly complex in the mechanism and are difficult to cure once damaged. How well you see an object, for example is important, but how well can you gauge how far it is? A depth perception test as detects problems in this. For this sake, there are eye tests carried out, to frequently check for any disturbances and their preventive measures and cures. The best possible way is to observe if a faraway object that you see regularly is the same or looks blurred or distorted compared to before. Do not overstress yourself for sometimes one’s eyes may be simply tired.

Try watching something from a very close distance newspaper prints for instance are best for this. If reading makes you uncomfortable and you are not at your ease from the distance you could once tell a “t” from an “l”, you surely need to see an ophthalmologist or optometrist for an eye test. An eye test is mandatory for people falling in all divisions of age, gender and region for you never know when the vital sense may start getting damaged.

Right before you hit the clinic for your eye test, keep a few things pinned up to your mind. List up all your queries and doubts to ask your concerned physician. With an organ like the eyes, the best person to diagnose the problem is the patient themselves. Furthermore, you have to be prepared to discuss the drugs that you are taking and your family’s eye history. Not to forget, always carry your lenses or glasses that you generally wear. Also, carry a pair of sunglasses for your dilated pupils.

Eyesight is a gift of the almighty showered upon us, and the eye tests are to constantly amend and check the sight, which is done only to preserve and make the best of what we have. Also, these are subtle reminders to yourself for being cautious and not exploiting it too much.

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Author bio: This article was provided by Rita Ramonez. She is a stay-at-home mom who works as a freelance writer in her spare time. One of her favourite topics to write about is fashion and fashion trends. She speaks fluently Danish, so it is no surprise she writes about ProfilOptik’s annual eye tests (or like they say in Danish ProfilOptik synstest). For more information, please visit www.profiloptik.dk.

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What is and How to Get Trained in Meditech

Meditech computer systems processes electronic medical records. Valuable to hospitals and clinics are employees trained in how to use the software.

Meditech is short for the Medical Information Technology software program  in which medical facilities use to organize all facets of their operations. It allows for the hospital or healthcare facility to operate smoothly and efficiently. Employees who are trained in Meditech are valuable to medical facilities who use the software.

emergency room personnel using computer system
Medical personnel who have gone through Meditech software training are valuable to many hospitals and clinics.

Nearly every function that a healthcare facility needs to do for the care of its patients can be managed and recorded on the Meditech electronic medical records. Meditech has become so popular that many hospital job seekers will continually see “must be experienced using Meditech,” or something of similar nature. Therefore, it pays for job seekers in the medical field to first get trained in Meditech. It pays for healthcare employment agencies to arrange Meditech training for prospective employees to medical facilities who use Meditech.

As a prerequisite to Meditech training, medical personnel should look into Meditech videos on YouTube.   In addition to the manual, there are also Meditech online tutorials. Do a search on websites that provide training. Perhaps this would be enough training for some and more familiarity to the system before training begins to others.

The registering of patients for admittance to the Emergency Room and laboratory testing procedures are handled through the administrative applications. This category of applications also allows for appointments to be scheduled for any unit within the medical facility, including for the operating room. The Administrative category also involves the management of medical records for all patients of the hospital, both past and present. The Administrative applications are generally used by the medical receptionists, secretaries and nursing staff.

Departmental Clinicals applications are those that are used by the medical staff. Physician’s orders and medical tests are managed in the Departmental applications. Management of tests and physician’s orders are ordered, documents and reported on this set of applications. The areas that are covered under this application are the following: imaging, laboratory, rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary, pharmacy and emergency room.

The doctor or nurse records all pertinent data into a patient’s electronic medical record through the advanced clinicals applications. Some of this information overlaps what is recorded in Department Clinicals. The Meditech system allows for the application categories to be managed together at the same time to allow for a more efficient process. Since all applications coincide and overlap, the system makes it easier to spot mistakes and problems with regards to pharmaceuticals, laboratory testing and other things.

Administrative tends to overlap a bit with general financials in the same manner. This is the portion of applications that involve the way the healthcare facility is managed and operated. Applications for payroll and accounts payable fall under general financials, as does health insurance claims and reporting for the patients.

There are several other application categories that are more specialized: Decision Support, Continuing Care and Technical. Each application cross references with other applications in such a way that allows for the entire business and operations of the healthcare facility to run more effectively and more efficiently than if everything was done separately.

Due to the widespread usage of Meditech in many healthcare facilities across the nation, it is beneficial for everyone in the healthcare field to know how to use the Meditech software program. Medical facilities including hospitals, long term care facilities, ambulatory care, assisted living facilities and doctor’s offices use Meditech. Job seekers simply have a better chance of landing a job if they know how to use Meditech.

Some health care facilities will train new staff members or send them to Meditech, Inc. for employment training directly with the software company. Some health care facilities look for people who are already experienced with Meditech or who are at least trained to use the software. There are training services that offer classes on the Meditech system. Some services provide one on one training instead of classes.

The best thing for a job seeker to do is to contact their preferred job site and ask what types of training on the Meditech software are required in order to get a preferential hiring status. There are several types of courses available that teach students how to use the Medical Technology Information software program or Meditech software. It is important to have the right training for the applications that are used in the job that is being applied for.

How to Pick Your Dentist

When picking a dentist, the American Dental Association recommends to get recommendations from friends, family, co-workers, and your family doctor.

Is there such a thing as a positive experience when going to the dentist? There absolutely is, and a big part of making sure that it is a positive experience is picking the right dental professional to go to. Here are a few helpful tips to assist you in picking the right person to take care of your dental health and insure that you have healthy teeth.

two dentists working on a patient
Dental work is important, so you must pick your dentist wisely.




The American Dental Association recommends that you first gather information and recommendations from your friends, family, co-workers, and even your family doctor.  Who better to help you with the decision of picking a new dentist than from someone has firsthand experience with your potential prospects and whose opinion you trust? Getting just a few recommendations will help narrow your options and speed up the process.

The next thing to do after narrowing your list is to find out what type of person your dentist is and choose one that you trust and feel comfortable with. Just because a dentist is qualified and certified to be in their position, it does not mean that you will have a good experience with them. A few questions to find out are where did the dentist receive his education and training? And how frequently is the dentist attending continuing education workshops and conferences to keep up to date in an industry that is constantly changing? It is very important to be comfortable with your dentist so keep that in mind when meeting them.

After getting to know your dentist it is important that you are comfortable with the dental staff and that the office and environment are clean and professional.  Make sure all equipment, as well as all tools and devices are completely clean and orderly.  Are the staff members friendly and willing to help and answer your questions and are the dentist and their staff wearing gloves and proper protective gear during treatment?

The final thing to do is make sure that it is going to be a good fit for your physical and financial needs. Ask yourself: What are the office hours and does it work with your busy schedule? Is the dental office located in a place that is easy to get to from your home or work? And finally is the dentist covered under your dental health plan?