Getting The Best Sleep Now

Posted October 6th, 2014 by | No Comments
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As anyone who has worked overtime to complete a project or stayed up through the night tending to a sick child can attest, lack of sleep affects just about everything - from well-being and personal relationships to job performance and alertness. And recent studies suggest that the repercussions of too little sleep aren't only personal: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy drivers caused roughly 100,000 crashes on our nation's highways in 1998. Likewise, accidents attributed to sleep-deprived workers cost the federal government and private businesses billions of dollars each year in workmen's compensation.

Getting a good night's sleep isn't something to just dream about, though. As our commonsense tips show, a little planning and discipline are all that's needed

How Serious Is RLS?

Posted September 26th, 2014 by | No Comments
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Do your legs sometimes wake you up long before your alarm clock? Has your husband ever complained that you kick him in your sleep? Have you ever bolted awake, feeling as though you're tripping off a curb?

For many of us, such nocturnal jostling makes sleep anything but restful. Some of these experiences are nothing to worry about. Others are more troublesome and may require medical attention. Here, some of the most common nighttime occurrences:

A startling awakening is called a hypnic jerk - a harmless total body reflex that wakes people as they're falling asleep. "It involves a temporary disruption in the part of the nervous system that controls our sense of balance," says Gary Richardson, M.D., director of the Sleep

Snoring Causes Are Harsh

Posted September 23rd, 2014 by | No Comments
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Snoring is such a problem for me that I recently decided to get in touch with Gary Zammit, Ph.D., director of the Sleep Disorders Institute at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, who offered me an exam. Frankly, I wanted to know how to stop snoring.

Zammit examined my throat, took a medical history and asked me a long list of questions about both my snoring pattern and sleep habits. The questions were wide-ranging - from how much coffee I drank to whether I ever saw or heard things that weren't there as I was falling asleep or waking up (hypnagogic hallucinations). He was looking for two things: clues as to why I snored and warning signs that might indicate a condition called

Solve Sleep Problems Now

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by | No Comments
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So here we show you how to nip each type of sleep-disturbance pattern in the bud with the best self-help techniques. (See " Sleep-Disorders Clinics" on page 80 for help in determining when your sleep problem is serious enough to deserve a sleep-medicine specialist's attention.)


Release the pressure valve. It's one thing to have trouble sleeping. It's quite another to start worring about having trouble sleeping. Before long, the worry itself can start to interfere with your ability to fall asleep, even when the initial cause of sleeplessness is gone. Fortunately, there's much you can do to eliminate this second tier of trouble.

"Trying to sleep is the worst thing you can do," says Peter Hauri, Ph.D,

What Is Offer In Compromise Help?

Posted July 2nd, 2014 by | No Comments
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wiaoicTaxes should be paid in full amount and on the designated due date in order not to receive any notice from the Internal Revenue Service and avoid any lawsuit for this matter. However, when these taxes are not paid due to some unforeseeable circumstance, IRS offers several options including the offer in compromise help. Basically, the offer in compromise help is not granted to anyone who has IRS problems. There is a certain requirement needed before this privilege will be given and to be eligible, one must be able to submit these important documents and have his/her current economic status assessed.

The Internal Revenue Service will determine if the person is eligible or not and they will ask the individual to pay …

Nighttime Asthma Can Be A Killer

Posted July 1st, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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Even people who have relatively little trouble with asthma during the day can have major difficulties at night. The reason: the body's 24-hour, or circadian, cycle. "In people with normal lungs, lung function falls during sleep--but only by about 8 percent, so it isn't a problem," says Dr. Martin. "But in asthmatics, lung function can fall by as much as 50 percent during sleep--with dire consequences. "

In addition, certain natural hormones that reduce inflammation and promote airway openness--like epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol--reach their lowest levels in the middle of the night. Meanwhile, other hormones that narrow the airways and promote mucous production, like histamine, increase at night.

Other biological and environmental factors contribute to making nighttime a nightmare for asthmatics: allergens,

Cutting the Snoring Out Of Your Life

Posted May 30th, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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If you are one of those people who tried to stop snoring by using natural remedies without any success, there are a few medical devices that could help you overcome this condition.

If you stopped drinking alcohol and dairy products before bed time without success, tried sleeping on your side and taking decongestive tablets, and still you are losing the snoring battle, this would be the answer for you. CPAP is a facemask that pushes air through your airways to keep them open during the time of sleep. This machine is the size of a shoebox with a flexible tube and mask. With CPAP, it does not matter where the obstruction would be occurring. Apart from this, CPAP is very safe and …

Comparing How Japan Constructs Its Buildings

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On a trip to Japan this spring, I was struck, as many other Americans have been, by the fine quality of current Japanese construction. This high standard of building seems to encourage design approaches that depend on precise detailing of a kind that is obtained rarely in the United States and then only at extraordinary cost. As one admires the meticulous concrete and steel of a building by Tadao Ando, one has to wonder whether such details could be achieved in this country. And the high quality of construction in the works of such renowned designers as Ando or Fumihiko Maki is not greatly out of line with norms for new Japanese construction generally.

hjcAt a time when our American industrial establishment

Aveda Goes For Broke In Tokyo

Posted January 4th, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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After more than two years of planning, Aveda is set to unveil a key piece in its global expansion strategy: launching in Japan.

The company's first mark in the country will be with a three-level facility in Tokyo's trendy Minami Aoyama area this fall, noted Dominique Conseil, president of Aveda, who visited here in May to announce the official launch of the brand to the Japanese market. The space will include a shop and cafe on the first floor and a salon and spa on the second floor and basement, respectively.

agfbitGlobal expansion for the brand has been a goal of Aveda's parent, the Estee Lauder Cos., since it purchased the lifestyle brand in December 1997. And with this launch, Aveda has

Arts And Crafts: Japanese Style

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Although much has been written about the influence of Japan on Western design movements (the Aesthetic Movement. Arts and Crafts, and Art Nouveau), far less is known of Western influence on Japan. Yet, from about 1900 to the 1910s, Japanese designers, educators, architects, and craftspeople launched a "new style" of art and craft by incorporating elements from French Art Nouveau, the Vienna Secession, and the Glasgow School into traditional Japanese arts. In a later phase, in the 1920s and '30s, Japanese artists instead drew on the ideals and philosophy of John Ruskin and William Morris to create their own response to the modern world. This utopian phase of the Japanese Arts and Crafts Movement will be explored in the next issue of …