If you are the victim of snoring, or your spouse is keeping you up at night with a terrible racket that seems loud enough to make the walls shake, it's time to do something about it. Snoring is not only a nuisance, it could be an indicator of a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Regardless of what is causing snoring, it is due to a partial obstruction of the airways, restricting intake of oxygen and eliminating the possibility of a solid, restful sleep. Whether you are the one with the snoring problem or it's your partner, you both need your rest in order to be your best. Try the following creative ways to alleviate snoring and have sweet dreams once more:
An effective fix for the snoring problem in your household could be as simple as a snoring pillow. Snoring pillows are designed to position the head in such a way that it promotes an open airway and prevents snoring. They are contoured to keep the head and neck in proper alignment. As an additional benefit, they can make the neck more comfortable, reducing strain.
Difficulties with snoring can often be adjusted through changes in lifestyle. Add exercise to the daily routine, strengthening the entire body and the throat along with it, reducing snoring. Trimming down excess weight is helpful, as well. Smoking is a definite no. While it's unhealthy all around, this bad habit contributes to snoring. Sleeping pills and alcohol should be avoided before bed. It's a catch-22. Many people will use these sleep aids when struggling to get a good night's rest. However, alcohol and sleeping medication will make the throat muscles relax and aggravate snoring. Be sure to get into a regular sleep pattern, as well. If both partners head to bed at the same time and manage to fall asleep together, snoring could decrease or at least be less noticeable.
Allergies could be the culprit when it comes to blocked nasal passages. If over-the-counter products aren't working, see a doctor to come up with a plan of action. If you suffer from chronic sinus infections, you are more likely to snore. Discuss effective remedies with your physician to keep your nasal passages clear. Adjust your environment as well, adding a humidifier to your bedroom to keep the air moist enough to avoid irritation in the throat and nose.
There are a variety of devices on the market that target snoring. Nasal strips are a simple fix. They are applied to the nose and keep the nasal passages open. Oral appliances are commonly used, as well. A mouth guard is worn at night and positions the mouth in such a way to keep the airway open while sleeping. The CPAP device is the most intrusive method to alleviate snoring and is commonly prescribed for those with sleep apnea. It involves wearing a mask at night that is connected to the continuous positive airway pressure device. Pressurized air is forced into your airways throughout the night. When all efforts fail, it is time to contact a doctor to discuss more options. Pleasant dreams are possible for all.
What steps have you taken to alleviate your or your partner's snoring? Have you had any luck?
If your man is like many, he's hard to buy any gift for, and when it comes to something with a romantic slant for Valentine's Day, the task becomes even more difficult. In the past, you've probably prepared his favorite meal, or presented him with "IOU slips" for one thing or another, or in extravagant years, something simple but elegant in the jewelry line - a tie pin, cuff links or even a watch. While those are nice gifts, they don't really represent romance, do they? Often the key to sparking or rekindling romance can be attributed to lifestyle; every one works so hard these days, and health, diet and sleep can suffer. General fatigue never leads to romance!
Redecorating the bedroom - to make it more intimate or cozy - can help; so can making the bedding more conducive to romance; and working on one of the factors that can lead to better health and more energy - a better nights sleep!
How often have you and your partner struggled with the covers? One of you is too hot, the other is too cold, one of you kicks off the blankets, the other might pull the bed covers all over to one side.
There is an answer. The "Twovet" is the ultimate solution, the "comforter for couples." One side is lighter for the 'hot sleeper', the other side offers twice the warming power for the "cool sleeper."
Hypoallergenic, with irritant free fill, constructed with eco-friendly materials in the USA, the Twovet Couples Comforter is covered with a luxurious 100-percent cambric cotton cover. Cambric cotton is densely woven, yet extremely light cloth, which was originally developed in the French village of Cabrai in the 1600s.
The Twovet's 'baffle box' construction method prevents fill from shifting, and you know how that can affect your comfort.
Available in Queen and King sizes, the Twovet can provide the ultimate in sleep comfort, better rest, which can lead to more energy in and out of the bedroom. He'll like it because you are both sleeping better, you'll like it because there will be no more nights of multiple comforters of different weights or colors. In other words, it creates a more aesthetically pleasing bedroom and fits with any decorating scheme.
The Twovet Company offers you additional bedroom comfort with its quality duvet covers and fleece blankets.
Light a few candles, pull the drapes, and reveal the bedroom to your man. He'll get the hint immediately, and after a great night's sleep for both of you, he might get the hint all over again!
The Twovet is shipped free to customers in the United States, and offers an unprecedented 365-day, free, no-hassle return.
Quality materials and construction, free shipping and a virtual guarantee of satisfaction: the Twovet is romance reinvented.
With the new year quickly approaching, there's no better time to redecorate your home for a clean slate that marks the beginning of a new season. It will allow you to showcase the most current trends in your home for a modern look that creates a more comfortable and contemporary space.
Wallpaper has returned as one of the top home-decorating trends that creates a vision within either a small bathroom or a spacious living room. Choose a print that is versatile for every season of the year that can even be used on just a single wall to avoid looking overwhelming.
Adding a headboard to any bed will enhance the overall look and increase the quality of the room, while adding a focal point to the space. Choose a tufted headboard that has a shade that complements both the bedding and pillows used.
Wingback headboards are ideal for both king and California king beds for a spacious and dimensional look.
Today, the modern home has both new and vintage pieces for an eclectic look that doesn't need to excessively match. Find unique items that have a bit of history, whether by going through the attic or shopping at a few flea markets.
Curtains can either add or detract from a room, making it important to upgrade the fabric and hang new shades that will set the style of the space. Opt for bold patterns or a bright shade that will pop and not easily blend in with surrounding walls.
Instead of spending thousands of dollars on new flooring options, area rugs add instant aesthetic appeal to any room with a cozy way of adding a new textile to the decor. Area rugs can be used in children's rooms or in the living room, which will also add insulation.
One of the newest trends of the coming year are framed bathroom mirrors that are decorative, yet still functional. They're also affordable and easy to install with plenty of options on the frame's style, whether chic or masculine.
Outdated light fixtures can stand out like a sore thumb and make it difficult for decor to look cozy and appealing. Install new fixtures that appear modern yet neutral in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Table lamps can also continue to be used, but with new light shades that have an abstract or bold print.
Use the furniture you already have to redecorate your home in an affordable and easy way to use fresh colors in each room. Sand the finish and paint from the surface before applying new coats of a contemporary shade. Crackle paint, which will make the surface look naturally vintage and antique, can also be applied.
A certain furniture item can also be painted in a bold shade to pop and stand out among the other home furnishings -- a popular way to add dimension to a room.
New hardware should also be installed onto drawers for an easy upgrade that will personalize the item to your taste and style.
What changes will you make in 2014? Tell us below!
Ah, sleep. Whether we get a lot or a little, falling into dreamland is an act few fail to enjoy. Here we share 10 of the most profound and insightful statements made about sleep.
Did we miss anything? What is your favorite statement made about dreams and sleep?
As the room where you begin and end your day, your bedroom not only influences how deeply you sleep through the night but also how you feel throughout the following day. When it comes to bedroom style, creating the right ambiance is just as important as choosing the right furnishings and bedding. Changing the look of your bedroom might be all that it takes for you and your partner to catch a few more Zs at night and awake invigorated, ready to face the day.
Creating atmosphere in a bedroom is about defining how objects make you feel rather than judging them simply by how they look. Instead of choosing furnishings by pure aesthetics, pay attention to your emotional reactions to them, however subtle. Whether it's a deeply piled area rug, flowing draperies or a cushy comforter, any item that elicits a sigh of relaxation is definitely worth putting on your shopping list.
No design element has a greater influence over the mood of a space than color. Neutral color palettes that reflect the natural world are ideal for creating the soothing atmosphere necessary for a good night's sleep. Look to your favorite outdoor environment for inspiration. Some may prefer the watercolor shades of sand and sea for their color palette while others may find the deep greens and blues of a tree-lined lake in the mountains more relaxing.
Nothing is more glaring and off-putting than a bedroom lit by a single, generic-looking ceiling fixture. A dimmer switch makes it easy to adjust illumination to fit any mood. Choose bedside lamps that allow you to enjoy some light reading in the evening, but make sure that the shades are positioned so that direct light doesn't hit your eyes. When retiring for the night, soft illumination from fixtures like recessed lighting helps create an atmosphere that's conducive to sound sleep.
As the largest and most important piece of furniture, it's natural to choose your bed as the primary focal point in the room. Pile the bed up with a duvet and pillows that invite relaxation, but prevent clutter from dominating other surfaces in the room. A sleek headboard helps balance the mass of the bed with a clean-lined accent.
If you can't banish sleep-time distractions like televisions, computers and smart phones from your bedroom completely, place them where they won't disrupt your slumber, preferably out of sight and out of mind. Create a space that promotes sound sleep, and your bedroom will reward you with a restful slumber that lets you take on the day in stride. What are your tips for creating a peaceful bedroom environment?