Dreams of Chase and Pursuit

Dreams of chase or pursuit are a common theme that can recur in a number of different dream scenarios. Learning to understand your dreams can help you unlock and interpret the messages your subconscious mind is sending to you.

We are all familiar with the instinct to flee a threatening situation, and this forms part of your conscious waking responses to life's challenges. But even if you are fully alert and awake in the face of a threat, it is actually your pre-conscious, most primitive part of the brain that kicks in first, releasing the cortisol and adrenalin you need for your response. So dreams about running away and being chased are connected very deeply to your unconscious mind. The dream might involve being chased by a person, or an animal, that seems to represent a direct threat to you if you were to allow it catch up with you.

If this dream motif recurs for you, ask yourself whether you typically run away from challenges, if you tend to flee rather than fight. Can you identify the purser in your dream – this might reflect some of the issues in your life you are trying to avoid, such as a decision or commitment you are putting off. Remember that dreams deal in metaphors and symbols, do not look for a literal meaning in your pursuer, even if they are represented by an actual person you know. Your attacker could also represent an aspect of yourself that you are suppressing or avoiding, such as fear or envy – we often reflect aspects of ourselves we dislike onto external figures. It might also be worth reflecting on the distance and gap involved in the pursuit – if the dream recurs is this changing, could this suggest that the challenge is gaining ground on you, or perhaps you are drawing ahead to the point that the chaser is no longer a threat?

Think about regaining control of this dream if is copying and disturbing you: make a plan and commit to turn around and confront your purser next time, to try at least to identify them once and for all. You can not always make this happen (although lucid dreaming is a real possibility as you get deeper into understanding and relating to your dreams ).

If you are the one doing the chasing, it's often easier to interpret, as it typically represents an unfulfilled need or ambition in your life, something you are 'chasing' in your conscious life. But if it's not obvious you might need to examine your life more closely, to find out what it is you are secretly pursuing …

Our dreams can teach us such a lot, if we learn to be open to them and the messages that they bring us, from deep within our own minds.

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Common Sleep Advice You Must IGNORE

With insomnia affecting millions of Americans, and sleeping pills being so highly prescribed, it is time to reevaluate some of the common sleep advice we've heard over and over again. Both doctors and other sleep experts discuss all sorts of ways to get you to fall sleep easily and stay sleep at night. But often, the advice causes more problems.

Advice to Ignore # 1: Take Sleeping Pills

Other than in extreme situations where sleep can not be achieved for medical reasons, and is absolutely necessary immediately, sleeping pills can cause more harm than good. Many of us already realize that sleeping pills can lead to addictions.

Another reason taking sleeping pills is poor advice is because they do not treat the problem, just a symptom. Sleeplessness can be a symptom of various medical problems, but most often, stress and poor sleeping habits. It is like having a gun wound treated with anesthesia, without the surgery to have the bullet removed.

Instead, examine the source of your sleeplessness and address it. If it is stress, learn stress reducing techniques. If it is bedtime habits such as going to bed angry, watching too much television, or not shutting down the computer, then it is time to re-examine your routine.

Advice to Ignore # 2: When you wake up in the middle of the night, start doing something

We've heard this advice over and over again from leading experts and it makes no sense! What are the chances you will get back to sleep while you are cleaning the kitchen or writing emails? The advice is based on the promise that when you wake-up, you will be so anxious about your ability to sleep, that you will not fall sleep and anxiety will built.

Again, this advice fails to look at the real cause of your sleeplessness and address it. If you are anxious about going to sleep, then it is time to learn how to handle the anxiety, and how to let go of the stress. There are many exercises and techniques to help you back to sleep when your mind will not stop running.

When you start doing things at night, you are teaching yourself to solve your problems or find distractions to your problems in the middle of the night. It becomes a habit and instead of learning to let go and fall sleep, you are adding fuel to your fire.

These two pieces of advice are probably the most common ones you will hear. They fail to get at the real reasons for your sleeplessness and they do not help you sleep naturally.

If you are doing one or both of these things, you may want to consider learning sleep techniques, relaxation methods. Your body can achieve natural sleep patterns that are healthy.

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Why Watching TV Is the Wrong Way to Fall Asleep

Television is a means of entertainment and information. These day sit sees to be a constant drone in the background of almost every household. It has become difficult for many to shut off the television at night, causing sleep deprivation without realizing it!

Sleep deprivation may be getting in the way of your good health and happiness. And with television being the culprit, it may be easy to change. It is amazing that the most common activity robbing people of their sleep is watching television!

Watching television can disrupted sleep in several ways. Here are a few points you may want to consider, next time you trade TV for sleep.

First, watching television can rob us of sleep hours. This often happens when we are captivated by a show and find it difficult to turn it off in order to get into bed and sleep. This is very common, but is most likely to arise when sleep is most needed. We are easily captivated when we are too tired to do anything else.

Second, watching television disables your ability to fall sleep easily. With the negative images portrayed on television and all the stress discussed on the news, our heads are full of thoughts that are not conducive to sleep. In order to fall sleep, we need to be in a state of relaxation and television, with its intensity and brightness, does not allow for it.

Third, watching television can interfere with your dreams. Images or what we've seen are likely to repeat in our minds several times, especially if our feelings were stirred. Often, these images and scenes are displayed in our minds during dreams, compromising the quality of our sleep or waking us up.

Many of the prime-time shows are dedicated to horror. The news is sure to make anyone stress about the world. The dramas and reality shows are produced in a way to evoke your emotions. Even happy shows are rejected with annoying commercials remind us of our inadequacies.

With everything television can do to our sleep, it is time to start rethinking our bedtime routines. It should start by shutting off the television and finding something positive, enjoyable and relaxing to do before we doze off.

If you find this difficult to do, it means you are using television as a way to distract you from something. In this case, this is a perfect opportunity to find out what is bothering you and what you are avoiding. Until you do this, television will play a role in your life it was not meant to play.

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Back Pain Cures – Upgrading Your Mattress

So, how well did you sleep last night? If you sat up this morning to a pain in your lower or upper back, and various day-time treatments have done little to help the problem, you may need to consider a cure in a new bedroom investment. Upgrading your mattress to something firmer and more supportive of your body as your sleep may not cure all health problems instantaneously, but taking preventive measures like improving your sleeping habits could assist you in improved health as time passes. A new mattress may be the key to diminished back problems.

When you prepare to upgrade your bed's mattress, you should first determine the composition of your current model. More than likely you have the traditional coil mattress found in most department and furniture stores. If so, you may wish to consider a different style if only to find a better support system for your weight. In recent years, people have turned to memory foam and natural latex as useful alternatives in the fight against uncomfortable sleep. Whether you sleep on your back or side, you may wish to test these types of mattresses to determine if either will work to tie your back pain at night.

Memory foam, some owners may claim, molds to your shape as you sleep and reduces jostling at night if you sleep with a spouse or partner. While some find this is the case, not all components of a memory foam mattress are allergen-free. If your back and other health problems are linked to allergies, you need to make sure there is nothing in the mattress you buy that will affect you poorly down the road.

Organic mattresses, like ones made of latex and wool, are less likely to cause irritations in that the components are mainly hypo-allergenic. Some people, thought, might be put off by the cost of a latex mattress, or else have difficulty finding one in their area. While prices on such models may be a bit higher than the standard coil mattress, the longevity connected to these models could make the cost worth it if you want relief as you lie down.

For those suffering back pain, a change in mattress could be beneficial to your health. Look for a firm surface that does not feel uncomfortable as you lie down, and natural components that do not irritate your senses and inflame other health problems. You can achieve good rest again when you upgrade your mattress.

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Three Techniques to Quiet the Mind and Fall Asleep Fast

The most common reason for not falling asleep easily is having racing thoughts or a noisy mind. When constantly rethinking of our day or reliving difficulties experiences, it is impossible to fall sleep. Furthermore, when we finally fall asleep in such a state, we are likely to wake up easily.

Here are three easy techniques that will help you fall sleep fast.

Technique # 1: Progressive Relaxation

Progressive relaxation has been around for a long period of time, and generally addresses moving your attention through your body from head to toe while relaxing individual muscles as you go along. This is an exercise that anyone can do at any given moment in time.

Simply scan with your awareness over your body, begin from top to bottom until you reach the desired experience of relaxation. All you have to do is go from one part of the body to the next, asking it to relax in a soothing voice. Do not forget to go from head to toe, relaxing every part including the limbs, shoulders, stomach, neck, face, eyes, and (very important), your jaw.

It may be helpful at first listen to a prerecorded session of progressive relaxation so that you can be clear on the guidelines of the process.

Technique # 2: Positive Aspects

Many times we are stuck thinking about a negative situation or a bad moment we had. Or we are obsessing about some conflict or other source of unhappiness. This can stand in our way of falling asleep.

The way to handle this is to either think of what good can come out of each of the negative situations, or recall a negative situation while inserting some humor in it. Make the offsetting figures wear costumes, talk in funny voices, or do silly things.

This is a simplified technique learned from Anthony Robbins, which helps you move on from all sorts of negative scenes, and let them go.

Technique # 3: Breathing for comfort

Lay down in bed and placed both hands on your abdomen. As you breathe in, just before you have reached the peak of your ambition you lightly pressed the palms of your hands onto your abdomen. Hold on the count of three, and then exhale slowly. You do this for three cycles.

These quick and easy techniques will help you settle down, let go of whatever is bothering you and bring the peacefulness necessary to get to sleep fast. What you go to sleep in this state of mind, you will also sleep better and have better dreams.

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The Pros and Cons of Sleeping Pills

As for any treatment and medication, there are pros and cons. For sleeping pills, as with many medications, we overlook some of the cons in order to take advantage of the relief they provide. That may be unfortunate, but the importance of the needed sleep is that they can not be ignored either.

Sleeping pills in various forms have been used for many years. There are doctor prescribed, there are some over the counter and some “natural” sleep aids. No matter what kind they are, the goal is the same – to get some needed and well deserved sleep.

The body can not function properly on any level without regular quality sleep. This also includes not only our ability to maintain stamina and physical energy, but also the ability to think and process information. So if you are unfortunately lacking sleep, the pros of the sleeping pills are obvious.

Furthermore, sleeping pills and various sleep aids are a simple solution and do not require any elaborate preparation or time commitment. This is especially important when we are dealing with sleep. A person who is turning to pills and other sleep aids is too tired for anything more than something simple.

With the obvious pros of the sleeping pill come many cons, though. First, and most discussed, is the potential for addiction. Even those pills that are said to be non-habit forming are misleading. They may not have narcotic addictive elements, but you may still form a habit of taking them and then a dependency. It may not be a physical need, but a psychological.

Another, and least discussed, con is that sleeping pills surely bring relief to the symptom, (insomnia, sleeplessness), but they do not cure the problem. This is true of many medications.

Sleeplessness is not just a problem without a cause. If you are sleepless, there must be a reason. It could be a physical ailment, but the most common reason for sleeplessness is stress. Taking a pill will certainly assuage that stress, but it will not solve any issues underlying it.

The worry is that pills and aids may even exasperate the situation. Every time sleep is disturbed by stress, the association is made to numb the feeling with a pill, rather than either deal with the problem or learn how to let go of it. When ignored, problems can get bigger, and stress more intense.

Before you decide to take sleeping pills or natural sleep aids, consider learning some stress-relief techniques and a bedtime routine conducive to nighttime relaxation. You may not solve your problems before you go to bed, but you will learn to let go. This will allow you to get a good night's sleep naturally, and wake up with the coping skills necessary to face any challenge.

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Top Five Ways Good Sleep Improves Your Life

Without sleep we can not function. It is as simple as that! Without good sleep we are both less capable, less motivated, and uninterested in just about everything. Making a commitment to a regular good night's sleep can improve you life in so many way, here are just the top five.

1. A Good Night's Sleep Makes You A Better Student. Good sleep is necessary for your ability to learn new skills. It is at the time of sleep that much of this information is absorbed into memory.

2. A Good Night's Sleep Boosts Your Immune System. Without your sleep you are more susceptible to pick up colds, viruses, and whatever else is going around the office. You do not only pick up the diseases more easily, you have a harder time recovering.

3. A Good Night's Sleep Shrinks Your Problems. A lack of sleep is a sure-fire way to disable your copying skills. When we are tired we are not working with all the tools we have and we do not have the capacity to process information so efficiently.

Furthermore, sleeplessness gives you a disproportionate view of your problems. If there was something is bothering you, it can suddenly cause a lot more stress than warranted. You can become easily obsessed with something you could have handled better when you were not so tired.

4. A Good Night's Sleep Helps You Lose Weight. Without your quality sleep, do not expect the motivation and the energy to go to the gym. There is so much your body can take! It is now proven that lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain as metabolism is compromised.

Furthermore, you judge of what to eat is weakened, while your desires for high calorie foods is heightened. This is a recipe for disaster if you are watching your weight or trying to lose a few pounds!

5. A Good Night's Sleep Makes You Happy. Have you ever been around a child who has not slept enough? How annoying is that child? And how often do you hear, “oh, he skipped his nap” as the reason for the annoying behavior? Well, adults are not so different.

When we do not 'sleep, we are unpleasant. We may not even realize how moody and impatient we are. When we are unpleasant, we are also unhappy. It is that simple.

When you wake up in the morning energized, ready to begin the day on a regular basis, you are more likely to meet the goals you set for yourself, more likely to do the things you enjoy, and you are more likely to enjoy whatever it is you are doing!

For health and happiness, your sleep must be a top priority. When you trade other activities for sleep expecting to get ahead in some way, remember that sleep will do you more good than you can do wake.

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How to Hypnotize Yourself Into Falling Asleep Faster

Sleep is one of those weird things in our lives: if you try to hard to get sleep, your mind actually gets in the way and can stop you getting to sleep. We were good at doing this as children but sometimes it can carry over into later life, especially if we're under more stress than we'd like. So here are some ways that you can hypnotize yourself into falling sleep faster.

1. Relaxation hypnosis

A lot of the time we find ourselves laying awake, counting those sheep yet again, is because we're not act relaxed.

Except for some children and quite a lot of animals, relaxation does not work like a switch. Unless you're a relaxation Jedi, you can not just say “I'm going to be relaxed now” and go straight into a totally relaxed state.

Using a good hypnosis track will guide you into a state of relaxation.

If you'd prefer to do this yourself, just work your way up your body from your toes (or down from your scalp) and relax each body part in turn. When you move on to the next part, remember that you're parting command to the previous body part is for it to stay relaxed.

Once you're in a state of total relaxation you'll be able to drift off to sleep fast – always assuming you have not become so relaxed that you fall sleep in the process.

2. Hypnosis mind control

You've almost certainly read about the idea of ​​controlling other people's minds with hypnosis. But that can also include your own mind.

If you're recording your own hypnosis MP3 then give yourself a number of simple commands to slow down your mind. It will react to this by doing what you've asked – slowing down and getting itself into the right kind of brainwave pattern to allow you to drift off to sleep fast.

Add in a command or two that throws out the clutter that often chatters away in your mind and you'll be pleasantly surprised just how fast you can send yourself to sleep with this kind of hypnosis mind control.

3. Go some place else in your mind

If you know that you always fall asleep on the beach or somewhere else, devise a hypnosis procedure to take you there in your minds eye.

Make the visualization as detailed as possible without straining your brain (you do not want to distract it too much from the idea of ​​slumber).

Notice what you'd experience at this calming place – the sights, the sounds, the smells. Bring them to life in your mind's eye.

Feel free to intensify the experience – maybe as though you were a child again when you sat inches away from the television screen to get the most intense experience possible and envelop yourself in the program you were watching.

You can do exactly the same with a hypnosis session that you record yourself. Describe everything in painstaking detail so that the image you create in your mind is as close as possible to actually being there.

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Dreams About Losing Teeth – What Do They Mean?

Dreams about losing teeth can be troublesome for many people in many different situations. Often the dream scenarios vary wildly, but the motif is there all the same – at some point a tooth or teeth will be lost, causing embarrassment, shame and disfigurement to the person having the dream.

Sometimes the tooth will not actually be lost, but an intense fear of it's falling out will be noticeable, a sensation that there is a horrible secret about to be made public for you. This dream archetype is common across a wide range of lifestyles and cultures, with appropriate background elements that meet the requirements of normality for each dreamer, while the tooth loss symbol persists. The narrative arc of the dream, in as much as any dream has one, could just be about anything – the common factor will be the tooth and imminent loss, and that can be introduced into any of a range of background subjects, possibly something quite mundane going on in your everyday life these days.

Because these dreams about tooth loss are not about visual impact, the story takes a back seat. This dream is about vivid and powerful feelings and emotions. Dreams from which you wake up with a jolt, and sometimes the terrible sense of dread or imminent loss. What is it that you fear losing so dreadfully badly? Only you can answer this question. But think about the role teeth play in our everyday life – they are part of our smile, part of how we represent ourselves to the world. The loss of the tooth, and usually in the dream it's a very prominent front tooth, means spoiling that facade – it means damage that you can not hide from the world, everyone will know what you've lost. This symbol has also been linked by the Freudians to fear of impotence, or generalized performance anxiety.

What is it that you fear so powerfully in this context? Are there steps you can take in your waking life, to safeguard that which you hold most dear? Maybe your subconscious is sending you a message, that you should do more to protect what is important to you, perhaps deep down you know that you are neglecting an important relationship, taking someone for granted what loss would hurt you very much. Or otherwise the dream is in response to an intangible thing beyond your control, such as a genuine threat to somebody close to you, especially in a secret or confidential situation where external support is limited, such as a partner undergoing lifesaving medical treatment but who does not wish to share that news outside your relationship … unable to face the worst case scenario in our conscious minds, the subconscious plays out reactions to loss in our nightmares.

Of course, while this dream archetype is often a reaction to severe stress in one easily-identifiable area of ​​life, it could be caused by any situation with an unknown resolution, especially for people who like life generally to be predictable and controllable. Simply identifying and acknowledging this may finally help to ensure this dream of losing teeth recurs less frequently, now you can see it clearly for what is, and what it represents for you personally.

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CPAP Mask: The 6 Facial Measurements Needed to Ensure a Proper Fit

One method to finding the right size of mask to get is to take some measurements. Below are six different measurements needed for the types of masks below.

1. For Nasal mask: Measure the length from your eye line, to the base of your nose in inches by placing the ruler on your cheek next to the outer edge of your nostril. The top of the ruler should be approximately equal to the middle of the pupil. Place the additional piece of paper directly under the nose so that it is across the ruler and note this measurement on your note pad.

2. For Nasal and Full Face Mask: Measure the diagonal length from the bridge of the nose to tip of your nose by placing the edge of ruler at the very bottom of your bridge, this placement should start at the middle to upper portion level to eye and use the additional paper at the tip and across the ruler. Note this measurement on your note pad.

3. For Nasal, Nasal Pillow, and Full Face Mask: Measure the width measurement from end to end of the nostril by placing ruler directly under the nose. The area you are measuring is the space between the outer nostrils. Use the additional paper to help guide you by laying it at the opposite nostril so the measurement is easier to read. Note this measurement on the note pad.

4. For Nasal and Full Face Mask: Measure the nose depth by placing edge of ruler at the side of nose area between corner of eye and nose. You are looking for the distance from the pupil to the edge of nose. You can use the additional paper to help guide you by placing it against the ruler in line with the very top of bridge of your nose. Note this measurement on the note pad.

5. For Full Face, Hybrid and Oral Mask: Measure the Full Face Length from the eye line to middle of chin by placing the ruler along the cheek next to the outer nostril and corner of mouth. Place the additional paper across the ruler in the middle of the area between the lower lip and chin. Note this measurement on the note pad.

6. For Nasal, Nasal Pillows, Nasal Prong and Hybrid Mask: Shape of nostril opening or referred to as nare shape. Have your helper evaluate the shape of your nare as round or slotted and note that on paper.

No matter which mask you want to choose, use the tools provided to help guide you toward a mask that's right for you. A CPAP Mask that fits correctly and comfortably is the key to achieving CPAP compliance. If a mask is too big it may require tighter than usual headgear settings, and as we have mentioned before previously in this report a leaky mask may cause skin irritation or leave marks. That is why when your mask arrives; always check for the correct fit.

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Why Do You Need A Pillow For Sleeping?

Do you know what the functions of a pillow and why do you need it when you are sleeping? If you do not know the answer, this article can help you. You are going to discover why it is important to use a pillow and how you can use it to provide you a better sleep at night.

Do you actually realize that sleeping is one of your main activities in life? You sleep almost one third in your whole life. This shows that sleeping is important because you spend so much time in it and then, you must make sure you have good sleep to give you good energy for the next day. So why do you need a pillow when sleeping?

First, your pillow supports your neck and your head with your body. You must keep your spine straight in order to get a good sleeping post. And because you spend hours in sleeping, if you are not sleeping in the right post, you may hurt your neck or your back. This is why a pillow is so important here. The most common effects from improper sleeping posture are back pain and numbness.

Second, it gives you proper airflow while you are sleeping. Many people developed all kinds of diseases from their sleeping habit and the bad news is that they do not know that the source is actually from their sleeps. Do not let this happen to you; so, get yourself a good pillow that is suitable to your sleeping profile. When your airflow is blocked, you will snore during your sleep or feel uncomfortable after wake up.

Third, there are generally three types of sleeping posture, the side sleep, and sleep over stomach and sleep on the back. The most common profile is the side sleeper and the back sleeper. If you are a side sleeper, get yourself a firm pillow that is comfortable for you. If you are a back sleeper, get a pillow that has a medium firmness and the height must not be too high or too low. Whereas for stomach sleeper, get yourself a sofa and lower pillow.

Your pillow will give you the comfort and support according to your sleeping profile. This is why you need to get a good sleeping pillow that is suitable for yourself. Remember, you spend so much time into sleeping, so you have to make sure it is worth it.

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Rhinoplasty For Snoring

Rhinoplasty is the fourth most popular form of cosmetic surgery in the world, with numerous people under it every year. While rhinoplasty is mostly performed to improve the aesthetic appearance of the nose, it may also be advised to correct functional problems. A nose that looks good should also be able to function well. One of the key functions of the nose is breathing, during which an adequate amount of air is transported through the nose passes to the lungs.

If a patient is unable to breathe properly through their nose, especially while sleeping, they may begin to start snoring. This can not only disturb ones partner and interfere with sleep, but may also result in sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder, during which a patient exhibits abnormal pauses in breathing, or instances of abnormally low breathing, while they are sleep. Each pause in breathing is referred to as an apnoea, and can last from a few seconds to more than a minute. Sleep apnea can cause sleep-arousal cycles, and may predispose patients to other health problems, such as exhaustion.

The treatment for preventing snoring largely depends on whether a patient snores with their mouth open or closed, as well as their sleeping position. Individuals with mild snoring problems are usually advised various lifestyle changes, while those with chronic problems may be advised medicines, appliances or surgical treatments like rhinoplasty. Nose surgery to reduce snoring usually involves the removal of tissue blocking the airway, or the correction of other nasal defects like a deviated septum. When the breathing passes are clear, patients are no longer forced to breathe through their mouth, and will usually snore less, or less intensely.

If one wishes to know if rhinoplasty can reduce their snoring, then one should consider consulting with an experienced surgeon who has received specialized training in performing nose surgery, such as a cosmetic surgeon or an appropriately qualified ENT surgeon. The surgeon will conduct an in depth assessment, to determine if your snoring can be corrected through nose surgery, and advise you about your suitability for the procedure.

In a large number of cases, a deviated septum is discovered to be the cause of snoring. The septum is a flap of skin and cartilage, which divides the two nostrils. It is located in the nasal cavity, and can not be easily seen. The curvature of a deviated septum makes it difficult for a patient to breathe, causing a snoring sound, as air moves through the nostrils. If you are found qualified for rhinoplasty, your surgeon will give you detailed information about the procedure, including details about possible risks, complications and benefits, to help you make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the surgery.

Rhinoplasty to reduce snoring is generally performed in less than two hours, during which a patient is usually placed under general anesthesia, so that they do not feel any discomfort. After the surgery, patients can expect their snoring to lessen significantly, improving their sleep pattern and enhancing the quality of their life.

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Easy Ways to Stop Talking In Your Sleep

Much like snoring, sleep talking is something that probably annoys your partner more than it does you. But it's still a nuisance and there's a possibility that there are other factors that are causing you to talk whilst you sleep. So what easy ways are there to stop talking in your sleep?

Check your diet

Sleep talking can be either caused or exaggerated by deficiencies in your diet. A lack of iron or potassium are two of the acknowledged problems in this respect.

So make sure that you eat a good, balanced, diet. If you're away from home or have another excuse for not doing this (I could usually come with a long list here!) Then pop a multi vitamin pill on a daily basis to make sure that all your essential vitamins and trace elements are being ingested in reasonable doses.

Learn to relax

Talking in your sleep is often caused by stress elsewhere in your life.

Our brain and body do a lot of essential maintenance work whilst we sleep. If you're stressed out, this can affect how well these processes work and, in turn, can manifest in talking about stuff.

The usual things apply here – lay off the coffee too close to the time you go to sleep, cut down on your alcohol take, do something relaxing before you go to sleep rather than watch the late night news.

You could also take up a hobby, attend a yoga class or practice some kind of meditation. All of these will help your body to unwind and relax.

Talk to your doctor

As mentioned earlier, there's a good chance that your sleep talking is a symptom of something else.

If you find yourself nattering away whilst you sleep on a regular basis, book an appointment with your doctor and get yourself checked out.

It does not take long and if there's anything serious affecting you, it's far better to sort it out sooner rather than later.

Check your bedroom temperature

Especially when the seasons change.

We often leave central heating or air conditioning thermostats on their height-of-season settings even when the weather starts to change.

The trouble is, our bodies do not necessarily like the idea of ​​being warmed up or cooled down too much.

So if you have not tweaked thermostat or changed the duvet to the right tog rating, now's the time to do that. It will give your body the chance it needs to rest and recharge overnight and could be all that you need to reduce or even eliminate your sleep talking.

Use self hypnosis

There are self hypnosis MP3's available online that are designed to help you to stop talking in your sleep.

They're discreet – there's no need for anyone else to know that you're using them.

They're cheap – not much more than the cost of a Happy Meal.

They work in a surprisingly high number of cases. Hypnosis has a good success rate as a natural way to stop sleep talking and typically reduces the problem in short order.

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Sleep Alert: Make a Sleep Plan to Lose Weight

Just as I'm experimenting with the Zeo, I saw another article about how sleep can make your lose weight. In fact, the article talks about three bad habits to break in order to lose weight. Here are the bad health habits:

Eating Mindlessly. Break it by planning your meals and eating at a table (not on the road or in front of the TV). Also plan what you are going to eat. I've found that if I let my stomach do the voting, instead of my brain, I almost always eat less healthy.

Laying, sitting and vegging out. The article mentions that only 30% of us exercise regularly. Everyone knows that movement is good for the body – even if it's only taking your dogs for a 15 minute walk. This gets your metabolism up, your heart pumping and there before blood going to all the important parts (like your brain).

Sacrificing Sleep. I talked about Productivity Hacks, but did not mention sleep. Sleep is an incredible part of productivity AND losing weight. Let's dive in a little more on how to help our sleep problem.

The average adult only gets 6 hours of sleep a week, while we most need about 8-9 hours. Studies show that lack of sleep leads to stress, increased appetite, cognitive impairment and lack of energy (none of those sound good, do they?).

The best way to help your sleep deprivation is to create a sleep plan. Figure out when you need to get up in the morning, then count back 8.5 hours earlier. That gives you plenty of time to fall sleep and get up and going.

One of the best things you can do is wake up at the same time every day. I'm very guilty of not getting up at the same time every day. Some argument that this is like giving your body jetlag, since it is “expecting” to get up at the same time.

A nighttime routine is very important, especially for those having issues falling asleep. Luckily for me, I usually fall asleep within five minutes of hitting the pillow (I did not mean to rub it in). There are some other tools for those that have trouble falling asleep, like this Nightwave Sleep Assistant.

I also have found that people think they are more productive because they sleep less, I've found this to be 100% false, especially for myself. I'm way more productive if I get a full night's sleep. I would even estimate that I'm 60% more productive with sleep.

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Tips On Choosing The Best Mask For CPAP – Read This Before Buying!

One of the primary tasks for a doctor treating a sleep apnea patient is to restore obstruction-free breathing so that the victim can get immediate relief from recurrent breathlessness during sleep – a prominent symptom of the sleep disorder.

To achieve this objective, the doctor relations on CPAP therapy, where CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. Incidentally, CPAP therapy has been identified as one of the most effective therapeutic options for sleep apnea by the American Sleep Apnea Association.

What is CPAP therapy?

This therapy involves pumping in pre-measured pressurized air directly in to the lungs of the patient in order to keep it open during sleep. It does so with the help of composite CPAP equipment that consist of the device, the CPAP masks that act as conduits for carrying the pressurized air into the lungs from the device and hose that connect the mask to the device.

Criticality of CPAP masks

The component which holds the main key to the success or failure of CPAP therapy is the CPAP mask for the following reasons:

• Comfort of fitting is important for the mask user. In case the user does not feel comfortable using this item, discontinuation of therapy is inevitable.
• The therapy is rendered completely ineffective in case of air leakage from the CPAP masks. Therefore, choosing the best mask for CPAP becomes the most important factor for ensuring continuation of therapy and consequent success.

CPAP masks: to each own his own

People sleep differently and breathe differently too. While some like to sleep more on the back, some prefer to turn on his or her sides; Similarly, some use the nose for breathing while others use the mouth. Here it is imperative that before buying CPAP masks such preferences be kept in mind in order to ensure minimal resistance during usage.

Tips on choosing the best mask for CPAP:

• Keep in mind the sleeping posture, head circumference and breathing patterns
• Test the mask for best fit. One size smaller usually ensures snug fit.
• Although online purchase is possible, for first time users, buying it from a off-line retailer makes more sense.
• The best mask for beginners is the nasal mask that covers the entire nose and is kept secured with the help of an elastic strap. Some nasal masks have nasal cushion as accessory that ensures more comfort.
• The full face sleep apnea mask is the best option for mouth breathers.

While you go through the tips on choosing the best mask for CPAP, here are some additional tips to ensure the best performance from such CPAP masks:

• Masks with tight seal are the best. The mask should ideally fill all the small spaces around the nose and mouth to prevent any possible air leaks.
• A mask should be either too loose nor too tight.
• Straps and headgear should allow you to choose your preferred sleeping position.
• The tubing should never go beyond 12 feet as long tubes can not sustain air pressure for too long.

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