Sneezing: What You Must Know

Sneezing is essential, which is the involuntary ejection of air from your lungs through your mouth or nose. It occurs when irritants affect the nasal mucus. Sneezing helps in cleaning out your throat and nose when these irritants found in the nasal passage. We all should sneeze often at night. However, the human body stifles sneezing tendencies via a process called rapid-eye-movement or REM atonia. It occurs during phases of sleep.

According to an article published on https://www.bbc.com, there are many myths surrounding sneezing, one of which is that you will not sneeze during sleep. Then, you can move in and move out of REM and still can sneeze. Read on to learn more.

Causes of sneezing

The common causes are:

  • Allergens like dirt, dust, as well as pollen
  • When you are ill and plagued with conditions like common cold and influenza
  • There are non-allergen elements that still aggravate your nasal cavity
  • Snatiation, which is a comparatively uncommon genetic problem that sets off sneezing during the digestion process, usually after heavy meals.
  • During abrupt contact with bright light when you leave a darkened building or taking a walk outside in bright sunshine, you can sneeze. The phenomenon is called the photic sneeze reflex. It affects at least 35 percent of people.

Sneezing is not dangerous

Sneezing is hardly ever hazardous. Then, the throwing out process could create up to 40,000 aerosol droplets that could lead to communicable ailments. That is the reason why doctors advise people to cover up their nose and mouth while sneezing, as well as to sanitize their hands with hand wash liquids and water thoroughly once the sneezing stops. Again, if someone asks you, “Can you sneeze while sleeping?” the answer is a yes.

Tips to prevent sneezing during night

There are many ways to check sneezing impulses during bedtime. These are:

Make sure to keep your bedroom dirt-free. You should vacuum regularly to get rid of dust, dirt, pollen, and allergen particles.

Avoid keeping clothing on the bed. That is because dirt, dust, pollen particles, many of these allergens might cling to your clothes.

Do not read bound books in bed. That is because these are frequently nesting grounds for mold. It is better to use e-readers and iPads when reading in bed. Then, a couple of studies indicate that the blue light from these devices emitted could negatively take a toll on your sleep at night.

Clean your pillows regularly including pillowcases, bed sheets, and interior fill. These could be breeding grounds for dust mites. You can think of freezing the pillows for approximately 12 hours twice or four times every month.

If your pet cat or dog sleeps in your bed with you, make sure you clean all your sheets, beddings, pillows and pillowcases twice every week. We recommend that you let your pup or kitten sleep on separate pet beds. It is safe and healthy, especially if you have kids around the house.

Conclusion

Now you know about sneezing, try to control it during the night. Keep these tips and tricks in mind. Keep your beddings clean.

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Add Extra Storage To Your Shower Or Over Your Tub

Here is a great solution to give you more storage in your shower or tub space. Use a tension rod that is long enough to go across the width of your tub or shower. Add shower curtain rings that have clips at the end that are designed to clip the shower curtain. We had to buy them online because we could not find them in the store. This allows us to put various items in the clips and easily accessible to you when your need them.

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Make Your Own Door Stop

We all have a door that that a door stop would work perfect with. I know we have several in our home that are on hinged springs that keep the door closed. So this will work out perfect when we are going in and out with groceries or when we want to let some fresh air in.

Start with a two liter bottle of soda and cut the top off. Add quick drying cement that you mix according to directions. Just add proper amount of water to the dry mix. When you have filled the soda bottle mold up about 3/4 of the way stop. Take a thick rope and make a loop and tie the ends with a knot. Sink the knotted end into the cement like this:

Allow the cement to dry  usually 24 hours. Cut the plastic soda bottle away and decorate to your liking. Acrylic paint or cheap spray paint can be used to make an art piece or make it blend in with your decor perfectly. A sturdy door stop that can hold a heavy door open.

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How To Turn Your Baby’s Clothes Into A Memory Bear

You can buy this pattern from Funky Friends factory: https://www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/memory-bear-keepsake-toy-sewing-pattern

1: Gather Materials
Purchase a sewing pattern online from and lay out all the materials and fabrics you’re going to use.

2: Prepare Those Pattern Pieces
Trace all the pieces included in the kit and cut around them leaving about 1/8 of an inch around the borders. Then iron the interfacing pieces on the fabric with the sticky part facing the back of the fabric. Once that’s done, cut the pieces out accurately on the tracing lines.

3: Sew Different Parts of The Head Together
Start by sewing the different pieces of the head together like the face and the forehead. Then follow up with the eyes and ears before moving on to the back of the head. Sew the side pieces on the back of the head and when that’s all done, here’s what it should look like.

4: Sew Legs & Body
Now you can move on to the body starting with the tummy and then the inner legs. Then continue by sewing the pieces of the back and outer legs. Your sewing project should look something like this so far.

5: Sew Arms & Feet
Start by sewing on the foot pads and then move on to the inner arms and outer arm pieces as shown in the photo below. Make sure to sew the outer arms closed along the top, from V to a W.

6: Join Head To Body
It’s time to put the two big pieces together. The best way to do this is to turn the head right sides out and position it ‘inside the body’ so you can pin the pieces together at the neck seam, with the fabric right sides together. Sew the head on and turn the bear right sides out through the turning gap. This is what it should look like at this point.

7: Stuff the Bear
Stuff the bear starting with the legs, arms, head, and then the tummy area last. Then stitch the gap closed on the back of the bear. Finally, cut the felt piece for the nose.

There you have it, your own memory bear that you made from scratch with your favorite baby onesie!

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Exploring The Concept Of Consumer Confusion In Home Health Care

 

The concept of consumer confusion in the healthcare industry is worth understanding because it will help in both development and validation of the care process as well as help the home care agencies to improve the quality of life and the care process as well.

Over the years there has been a significant rise in the demand of home health care but with that there has also been a change in the concept of other different aspects such as:

  • Patient autonomy
  • Consumer sovereignty
  • Information provision and
  • All the essentials to decrease data asymmetries.

This means there will be no miscommunications between the patients and the healthcare service providers. However, care must be taken for greater availability of such third-party information sources because this can lead to customer confusion and negative side effects.

By nature, the patients can be confused regarding the type of care services to be provided as well as the cost of it. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of the home care agencies to provide quality information to the patients to eliminate the chances of any confusion among the patients.

Consequences of a confused patient

According to the research conducted among a few competing health care providers it is found that such conflicting information causes a lot of patient confusion. This in turn affects the behavioral intention of the patients to choose a health care provider.

  • The present study confirms the model of patient confusion with reference to the context of hospital choice.
  • It also reveals the perceived overload of information and its similarity as well as its ambiguity which in turn affects the cognitive mechanisms of patient confusion.

When a patient is confused, they typically have an inclination to narrow down their choices as well as their available set of possible decision alternatives.

Finally, the customers should make an empirical analysis that will help them to know about the effective and cognitive elements that ideally leads to patient confusion. They will be able to mediate the perceived information overload, similarity, and vagueness of information regarding Home care jobs.

Care delivery at home

When it comes to delivering health care in the home it is quite different from a hospital or nursing home health care setting or any other institutional environment where nurses and home care aides work.

  • The home health care nurses work alone
  • They work depending on the support resources that are available from their central office and
  • They work on the basis of a nurse-physician relationship.

It also involves direct physician contact and in most of the cases it is found that it is the physicians who rely on the nurses to a greater degree for making proper assessments and analysis of the finding and also communicating it with the other team members.

  • The home health care nurses usually spend a significant part of their time on paperwork as compared to the nurses working in a hospital or a nursing home. They in fact spend a lot of time with the reimbursement issues.
  • There are also a few specific and distinctive characteristics that make the nurses working in a home health care environment much different for the other nurses working in different other settings. One of it is the safety, security and quality of outcomes.

In fact, there is a very high degree of patient autonomy found in a home setting that includes limited oversight as well as experience of the informal caregivers as compared to the professional home care givers of the clinicians. All these are situational and are variable according to the unique situations in each home.

Reasons consumers err

Now, with all these benefits and variances provided by a home heath care giver or a nurse, the natural question that may come to your mind is why exactly consumers make a mistake in choosing the right care plan.

Well, the first obvious reason seems to be the open enrollment plan that is provided by almost every kind of health insurance companies.

  • There are millions of people who use Medicare plans.
  • There are others who choose any other type of health insurance that is sponsored by the employer.

In addition to that, there are also a significant number of people who choose a specific health plan from the Affordable Care Act or ACA marketplaces.

Quite naturally, the consumers encounter with a large variety of options. According to research, it is revealed that it is due to this large variety of option that is available to the consumers that creates a confusion and in most of the times compels them to make a mistake in making the final choice. Invariably, more often than not they end up paying more than that need to pay for a particular health plan.

Type of confusions created

There are people who select plans that come with deductibles that are too low. Well, you may think that this is a fine choice but in most of the cases when you choose a plan that has lower deductible will have higher premium. That means when you save on deductibles while receiving the claims, you pay a large sum of money while you continue to pay the premiums.

Such type of mistakes made is typically seen when bulk insurance is sold to the employees of a firm. They hardly have the knowledge and skill to distinguish between the 26 plans they are offered and all seems to be identical to them. This forces them to bad deals which in most of the times is influenced by the choice of the colleagues.

People have a variety of reasons to make mistakes like this.

  • Some do not understand the basic concepts of health insurance
  • Some cannot identify the basic cost-sharing features and
  • Some are highly predictive of overpaying for a lower deductible.

Therefore, there is no doubt that the consumers face a lot of confusing situation when it comes to choosing a health insurance plan as well as a health care provider. Add to that, the different programs offered by the Medicare Advantage confuse the consumers even more. This is why a proper research is essential before making any such choice.

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3 Tips to Decide on Your Hot Tub Placement

You can set up your hot tub in your home bathroom, backyard, or private patio. Then, which is the best place to install the same? It all depends on the type of home you live and your lifestyle choices. When it comes to hot tub shape and design, there are plenty of options available for you to choose from. Then, you cannot buy a huge tub for a small bathroom. If you have a spacious bath, on the contrary, there is nothing like it. In such a case, you can even set up a big Jacuzzi tub for that ultimate comfort and sophistication.

The hot tub also costs you. According to an article published on https://us.cnn.com, home décor and renovation is expensive sometimes, yet you can do much of bathroom revamping on a budget. You could opt for a bathtub sale and save up to 65 percent. Once you invest in one, here are three tips to decide on a hot tub placement in your home:

  1. Use

Are you contemplating to use your hot tub for a relaxing experience in quiet and peace? Will you use the same for amusement and romantic fun during festivities or parties in your house? Or would you use a hot tub for treating chronic pain? You need to answer these questions before choosing and installing a hot tub.

The proposed use of the hot tub plays a crucial role in its installation. For increased seclusion or soothing ambiance, you might like to set it up where you have some privacy such as in the private patio of your home. Similarly, if you would love to enjoy picturesque landscape views in an attractive setting, you might want to set up your hot tub in your backyard. Hot tubs for daytime use must be placed under a shade, and one intended for an evening bath should have some pathway, lighting, and steps to climb into the tub safely, especially if the hot tub is in your backyard. Remember these factors when installing your hot tub. Make sure you have custom hot tub covers to keep it protected when not in use.

  1. Appeal and aesthetics

When you invest in a new hot tub, it is essential to mull over its overall appeal and aesthetics. How will it look in a new place? Is it easy to build and uphold the aesthetic appeal with another furniture arrangement, decoration, and lighting in your bathroom? You can also install the hot tub as a standalone piece in your home bathroom. Make sure that your hot tub complements or improves the look and feel of your bathroom. You can place potted plants, colorful candles, and soap racks near the tub.

  1. Maintenance

Before installing a new hot tub, check the bathroom dimensions. How cozy is your bathroom where you want to place it? In case of a repair, make certain that you can easily reach the spa cabinet, electrical elements, and plumbing materials. If you install the hot tub on or close to the wood, protect the wood or keep it away from water.

Conclusion

You can install a hot tub anywhere as long as it feels comfortable and suits your lifestyle. You can set it up in your bathroom or private backyard based on your preferences.

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5 Home Designs That Can Really Improve Your Life

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If you’re one of those people who feel their best when they’re at home, we can freely say that you aren’t the only one! This is completely natural and logical, as everyone is able to relax and unwind to the max in the comfort of their home, right? So, if you want to improve the quality of your life, you should start with upgrading your house! Here are five awesome home design ideas that can make it happen for you, so check them out and enjoy!

Opt for multifunctional rooms that feature indoor play area

If you have a big family with kids, you know that incorporating an indoor play area into your home can be a bit challenging. This is particularly true if you don’t have enough free space, which is what a lot of parents are dealing with nowadays. Well, this is exactly why you should opt for a concept of multifunctional rooms that feature indoor play areas within them! The majority of people choose to combine playroom with their kids’ bedroom simply because that’s the most practical solution, but you know what? You can also combine it with your living room or even a dining room, so get creative, bring the playground inside, and keep your kids entertained when the weather is bad!

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Bathtub in the bedroom? Why not!

Yes, we know that it seems a bit silly, but the fact is that a lot of people are deciding to put a bathtub in their bedroom these days. The reasons for that are more than good, and the first one is not having enough space to fit the tub in their bathrooms. Even though a bathtub isn’t an obligatory part of a bathroom, many people love to have it because it provides the ultimate spa experience in the comfort of their homes. Of course, designing your bedroom with a bathtub in mind is much easier when you’re building a new home, so make sure to contact new home builders if that’s the case and consult with them about everything you want. That’s the best way to make your wishes come true!

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Convertible bedrooms are all the rage these days

On the other hand, if your bedroom is a bit smaller than you hoped for and there’s nothing you can do to get more space, we must say that a convertible bedroom should be your first choice. This is the perfect time to get creative with your sleeping arrangements, too, as traditional beds tend to take up a lot of floor space. In order to utilize the space in the best possible way, you should take fold-down beds into consideration. Such beds are very popular because they are hinged against the wall at one end, which means that you can store them vertically inside a closet or cabinet. Just give it a fair shot and you’ll see how sleek and practical they actually are!

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Kitchen and dining room combo is a winning one

As mentioned above, multifunctional rooms are gaining momentum these days, and that’s because they are designed to maximize your space and make your life much easier. So, if you want to save some space and contribute to a warm family atmosphere in your home, you should certainly opt for a kitchen and dining room combo. We can freely claim that this is a winning combo – especially if you’re into open-floor plans, so don’t go for a separate dining room and you’ll see what we were talking about. Also, more and more people are very much into cooking and socializing at the same time, and this concept allows you to do that. Of course, it’s a great choice for smaller homes, too, so don’t waste your space unnecessarily and merge these two together!

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Integrated home office for a much easier living

If you’re one of those people who spend a lot of time working from home, you surely know that a home office isn’t a luxury, but a bare necessity. This is particularly true if you have small children who don’t understand that mommy or daddy can’t play because they have to work, so don’t wait any longer and design your own home office. This room doesn’t have to be big at all – in fact, the majority of people don’t have a separate room that can be turned into a home office, so work with what you have and you won’t go wrong. For example, if you have a large bedroom, you can choose one silent corner and add a desk and a chair to it. A cool room divider made from wood is a great idea if you want some privacy, and the best thing about it is the fact that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on it. Instead, put your crafting skills to good use and make one on your own!

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As you can tell, there are so many home designs that can truly improve your life, and these five are undoubtedly the best ones out there. So, if that’s your ultimate goal, all you need to do is to stick to our tips and you’ll surely accomplish it. That’s a promise!

 

 

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