Snoring Problem In Kids And Effective Steps To Overcome Them

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By Dan Reid

kidsIs your kid a noisy sleeper? Snoring is a pretty common problem that can happen to anyone- young or old, usually caused by blockages in the nasal passage. But oftentimes the seemingly harmless light snores can lead to some serious medical consequences. So if your child is suffering from any such sleeping disorder, it is time you consult a doctor.

Good food and a good night’s sleep is the secret to a happy and healthy life. And proper rest is all the more necessary for kids to regain their energy after a hectic day full of activity. Persistent snoring in children might be a symptom of sleep apnoea or worse. Mentioned below are some simple remedies you can try at home to curb your child’s snores:

Why do kids snore?

Listed below are some common reasons behind snoring in kids:

• Common cold, allergies and nose blockages

• Swollen tonsils or adenoids

• A crooked septum (i.e. the tissue and cartilage present in between the nostrils)

• Obesity (the throat muscles and tongue close down upon the air passage)

• Down Syndrome (i.e. the slopping chin might result in blockage)

The threats of sleep apnoea:

Occasional light snoring is pretty common among children but if the problem persists then it might be something serious. Some symptoms and threats presented by sleeping disorders are:

• Risk of strokes and heart attacks

• Morning crankiness and lack of concentration

• Swollen puffy eyes, headaches

• Restricted body growth

Snoring solutions:

Constant headaches, dark circles and daytime fatigue are among the most common symptoms of sleeping disorders. If your child shows any such signs such as irritable behaviour, hyperactivity or has trouble concentrating consult his paediatrician. You can even try out these simple solutions to help your child sleep better:

Nasal spray and strips:

A major cause behind those restless nights is troubled breathing, allergies, common cold or other infections often result in mucous accumulation in the inner linings of the nasal passage, leading to blockages. Nasal sprays and vaporizers are among the easiest options to overcome this problem. Available in almost every medical store, nasal sprays contain medicated liquid that clears the mucous linings in the nose. Spraying a cool misty vapour inside the nose opens up the air way helping your child rest better. Also nasal strips that look pretty much like a bandage enhance breathing as the miniscule plastic protruding clears the nose.

Correct sleeping position:

How your child is sleeping also determines the quality of sleep he gets. Sleeping in uncomfortable positions not only results in painful sprains but might also cause a stuffy nose. Sleeping on the back can trigger snoring as the throat muscles close down restricting the air flow. Try rolling your kid gently to his side at night, if that doesn’t work you can even add extra pillows under his head, elevating his head a bit higher assists in breathing. A bit of an inclination opens up the nasal passage thus reducing snoring.

groupkidswbgAir purifiers and dehumidifiers:

Oftentimes allergies are triggered by the invisible dust particles hovering about the house that stick in the air and tickle the nostrils. But no matter how vigorously you clean, these miniscule particles remain. Installing air purifiers in the central air conditioning system is a smart way to overcome this issue. Air purifiers and filters suck out the microscopic bacteria and dust particles leaving the air pure and fresh. Also consider installing dehumidifiers in your house if you are living in a hot and dry climatic zone. It balances the moisture content in the air helping you sleep better at night.

Some lifestyle changes:

A major cause behind sleeping disorders can be the irregular lifestyle and obesity. As a parent ensure that your kid goes to bed early and lives a routine life. Fixed sleeping hours help mould the body clock accordingly leaving you refreshed the next morning. Also monitor your child’s diet and daily activity. Obesity is a major problem among kids that if ignores can grow into something even serious. Add fresh fruits and veggies to his meals and try limiting the junk food intake. The fat accumulation in the throat restricts the breathing passage and

Comfortable and peaceful surroundings:

Some other small but significant changes that can be made are:

• Paint the kid’s bedroom in light soothing colours
• Keep the windows open at night to allow fresh air
• Ensure that the mattress and pillows are soft and comfortable
• Dust the bedroom regularly
• Regular clinical check-ups and visits to the doctor

The bottom line

Watching your child suffer is perhaps the worst thing you’d have to endure as a parent. Spare your children from the discomfort of restless nights follow these above mentioned tips to curb snoring problems in your kid.

6 Practical Steps To Overcome Back To School Stress

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By Kellie Lupe-Smith

schoolbusSchool is about to start up again and for many kids a variety of emotions begin to surface ranging from excitement, nervous anticipation to all out dread and panic. Starting a new school year is about, making new friends, meeting new teachers, buying new clothes, book bags, facing bullies, learning a new curriculum and of course – homework. In the year 2015, going back to school brings a host of new stresses that many parents and teachers didn’t have when they were growing up. In the digital age kids are getting less and less sleep because their minds are over stimulated by electronics and lack of sleep can create a number of problems, mood swings, weight gain and brain fog. Kids are also suffering from overwhelming stress due to social anxiety, sports pressures and even weight gain due to stress eating.

The good news is, there are tools that can have an immediate impact on adolescents in stressful and uncomfortable situations. Here are the top six techniques that parents and teachers can use to help students (and themselves) stay relaxed this back-to-school season.

1. Breathe deeply and correctly. When the human body encounters stress of any kind, our chest constricts causing more shallow breathing to occur. In this way we only utilize a small portion of our lung capacity and typically we only use the upper part of our torso. This allows the sympathetic nervous system to be activated thereby creating a fight-or-flight response. Instead, if you breathe deeply involving the lower part of the lungs and diaphragm you can activate the parasympathetic nervous system creating a rest-and-digest response.

2. Elevate the feet. Another way to stimulate the rest-and-digest response is to elevate the feet. One of the best and most effective ways to do this is lying on your back with your legs resting on a chair or against the wall. In yoga this posture is called Viparita Karani.

3. Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy offers a solution that can have benefits that last into adulthood. Hypnosis is a method of getting one’s mind into a state of concentrated awareness so they can find resolutions within themselves and create change in a positive and lasting way.

4. Remember you’re not alone. Sometimes knowing that every other parent and student out there is experiencing something similar, can relieve you from feelings of isolation. Remember that we are a community of people with a common goal of being the best student, parent, or teacher we can be.

kids5. Think more about what you want. It astounds me how many people when asked what they want can only name me a list of what they don’t want. The fact is that the subconscious mind cannot process negatives directly so whenever you think “I don’t want to stay awake all night” or “I don’t want to eat too much candy” your brain only hears “stay awake all night” and “eat candy.” The subconscious mind if left to its own devices is like an unruly child, doing whatever it wants, whenever it wants. It needs direction. So when you can tell the mind exactly what you want, it knows what to do and can do it. The subconscious mind loves to follow orders. In essence what you think about you bring about.

6. Change your perspective. Lastly and most importantly, gain a broader perspective of your life. Imagine you can see into the future and know something good is coming. Imagine that you already knew everything works out in the end, you get through the school year and actually have a lot of fun along the way. Remember your life one year ago and recognize all that you have accomplished in that year. Do you even remember the things that worried you one year ago? Now imagine your life five years from now. How do you look back and see your life differently looking back toward today? The small detail of starting schools seems smaller and more manageable when you know the big picture.

Have a wonderful 2015-2016 school year! May this be your best school year yet.

Kellie Lupe-Smith is a certified Hypnotherapist and Yoga Teacher. She is the owner of Studio City Hypnosis and creator of Hypno Yoga LA. Her mission is to help those who suffer from stress, weight issues or breaking bad habits so they can live the life they deserve. Her background includes Neuro Linguistics, Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and Advanced Hypnosis.

How To Overcome The Stigma Of Chronic Illness – Part 2

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By Dr. Craig A. Maxwell

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

seniorjogger5. Redefine Your “New Normal”

For most of us, change is not easy. This goes double for those who would be classified as a “Type A” personality. Remember, you’re not a superhero. You need rest to recharge your batteries so you can experience deep healing. Redefining your new normal will help you get some perspective on your own personal expectations while helping you explain your needs more clearly to others.

6. Get in Touch with Your Spiritual Side

When you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness, you may have more down time than usual. This is an ideal time to get reacquainted with or develop your spiritual side. Taking comfort in your faith can help reduce the emotional and physical burden of a chronic illness.

7. Never Give Up

This is an important one. Even if you’ve been told your condition is irreversible and/or incurable, never give up. Plenty of people with chronic illness have gone from being wheelchair or bed-bound to living healthy, productive lives. Case in point, Dr. Terry Wahls, a multiple sclerosis sufferer, healed her disorder through dietary changes, supplements, and functional medicine despite being told she’d never walk again.

8. Keep Doing Independent Research

The Internet offers thousands of websites and forums dedicated to chronic illness and disease. Becoming your own best health advocate can help you feel more in control of your situation. Just be sure your research is done on reputable websites that aren’t just out to sell you a product.

9. Seek the Help of a Therapist

Patients with chronic illness often feel ashamed about their condition and unsupported due to social stigma. A therapist can offer a productive outlet for these feelings. Clinical therapists are trained to spot the symptoms of hypochondria versus real clinical illness, which can make them ideal advocates for patients whose doctors may have doubts about their condition.

10. Consult with Open-Minded Medical Experts

When a suffering patient turns to a doctor, the expectation is that they will be treated with kindness, compassion, and most important of all, belief. If your doctor is impatient, obviously frustrated, or has suggested you’re making up your symptoms, the relationship isn’t a good fit. Getting a second opinion from an open-minded medical expert can help you finally get the clinical support you need.

No matter how long you’ve been struggling with chronic illness, these tips can help you regain a feeling of control and empowerment you may have lost somewhere along the way.

– Dr. Craig A. Maxwell is a board-certified osteopathic physician based in Ohio. He has been successfully treating patients with difficult-to-treat disorders and chronic illness for the past 30 years. He is available for personalized telephone consultations wherever you are in the world. For more information, visit AskDrMaxwell.com.

How To Overcome The Stigma Of Chronic Illness – Part 1

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By Dr. Craig A. Maxwell

grandparentchildMillions struggle with chronic illness and, in addition to the pain and loss of energy, they are also forced to endure added social stigma. Although doctors can provide treatments to alleviate symptoms of physical pain, many overlook the psychological implications of these conditions.

Those who struggle with invisible and/or rare illnesses often suffer the worst. Chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, and heavy metal toxicity are just a few examples of chronic illnesses that are not well-understood and often dismissed.

Chronic conditions that are not-so-invisible, such as eczema and psoriasis, can also create social stigma through misunderstanding and fear.

Despite general consensus, chronic illness doesn’t only affect those of advancing age. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that one out of every seven men and one out of every eight women between the ages of 17 and 44 are limited in their ability to work, do household chores, go to school, and engage in social activities because of a chronic illness.

How to Overcome the Stigma of Chronic Illness

1. Surround Yourself with Advocates

When your illness is misunderstood or simply not believed by friends, family, and co-workers, it can be emotionally devastating. This is why it’s important to spend more time with those in your life who believe, support, and understand you and less with those who don’t. (Paring down your contact with naysayers may actually make them take you more seriously over time).

2. Continue Daily Activities When Able

When you’re tired and in pain, you may not want to even get out of bed but that can put you in the mindset of giving up. Whenever you are able, continue your daily activities. This will help keep you connected to the world around you and help stave off feelings of helplessness, apathy, and depression.

3. Disclose Your Condition Selectively

Talking about your illness openly and honestly is an admirable way to show your self-acceptance. It can also be a way to get you unfairly labeled as a hypochondriac. The common belief is that those who speak about their illness often are just looking for attention. Instead, disclose your condition only to your immediate supervisor, close friends, and trusted family members who will back your story and defend you against negative talk.

4. Pace Yourself and Conserve Energy

Some diagnosed with chronic illness respond with an almost frenetic desire to get everything done right now before symptoms worsen and they “run out of time”. Be sure to pace yourself and conserve energy for activities you deem most important.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Dr. Craig A. Maxwell is a board-certified osteopathic physician based in Ohio. He has been successfully treating patients with difficult-to-treat disorders and chronic illness for the past 30 years. He is available for personalized telephone consultations wherever you are in the world. For more information, visit AskDrMaxwell.com.

Tips to Overcome Procrastination – Don’t Let Your New Year’s Goals Slip Away

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By Diane Lang

seniorcoupleexercisesmallSummary: Many of us set goals for 2013 and in January we feel we are full steam ahead. By February or March some of us may start procrastinating – or maybe some of us are already putting our goals off. Author, Psychotherapist, and Positive Living Expert, Diane Lang, explains 6 reasons why we procrastinate and then gives 8 tips on how to overcome procrastination – which if not addressed can lead to feelings of guilt, self doubt, depression, and can lead to chronic procrastination. Also included below are 8 time management tips to further defend against procrastination.

With a new year underway, be prepared to recognize procrastination and know how to take action to overcome putting things off. We are all guilty of it at one time or another, but if you realize that you are procrastinating more often then you are getting things done, then it is time to work on it.

Procrastination is the avoidance of getting a task accomplished. Procrastination can lead to feelings of guilt, self doubt, depression, and can lead to chronic procrastination.

Six reasons why we procrastinate?

1. Poor time management skills. Are you uncertain of your goals or priorities? Are you overwhelmed? Are you taking on more than you can handle or are you afraid to say “No”? When you are overwhelmed or not managing your time wisely, it’s easy for you to put off tasks for a later date or spend time doing things are not a priority.

2. Do you have difficulty focusing? When you sit down to do work or study, do you find yourself day dreaming? Falling asleep, watching TV, etc.?

Is it that your environment is noisy? Is your desk cluttered or disorganized? Are you laying in your bed while studying or working?

woman3. Fear/anxiety – Are you afraid of failure? Rejection or success? Do you spend more time on worrying or asking what if?

4. Low self esteem – Are you constantly thinking negative beliefs or thoughts such as: I’m a failure, I can’t succeed in anything or I’m stupid? The negativity can stop you from getting things done.

5. Personal problems – Example: Break up or divorce, financial difficulties, problems with friends or family.

6. Unrealistic expectations or perfectionism – Do you believe you have to do everything 100%? Are you being realistic? Example: are you taking too many classes at school while working a full-time job?

8 tips to overcome procrastination:

1. After reading through the reasons outlined above, be honest and ask yourself the questions from above? Recognize your reasons why?

2. Figure out your short term goals – goals from now until one year.

3. Write down your long term goals – where do you see yourself in three years, five years?

4. Write an action plan for your short term goals that can be revised every time a goal is completed.

5. Set priorities.

6. Use a to-do list. Write one for everyday and cross off as accomplish tasks.

7. Make sure your goals are realistic.

8. Modify your environment. Eliminate noise distractions – shut the phone, cell phones, TV and radios off. Make sure you have plenty of light. Have necessary equipment on hand so you don’t have to get up to get pens, pencils, books, etc. Don’t get too comfortable when studying/working – don’t study or work in bed. Study or work in a chair at a desk. Organize your area so next time you go to study or do work – your area is prepared.

8 time management tips to avoid procrastination:

1. Sleep is very important. You should be getting 50-60 hours a week. If you become sleep deprived, you will not be able to concentrate.

2. Study time should be 1 hour of homework for every hour in class and possibly more during midterms, finals or projects. This can vary depending on faculty and class.

3. Normal amount of leisure time per week is 15-25 hours a week. So, make sure you put time in for social activities and hobbies. Schedule them in and make this time part of your weekly routine. Remember, socialization is a key factor for happiness.

4. Plan your schedule for the week in advance. Make a schedule on Sunday for the week. Have a to-do list for each day. Make sure you have your schedule and to do lists written down.

5. Do your most difficult work at your peak hours. What part of the day do you have the most energy? If it’s afternoon, that is the time you should study, work out, etc. Your peak hours will be when you are most efficient and motivated plus you will have the most energy.

6. Eat right, drink plenty of water, and exercise. If you don’t feel good physically then it will be hard to keep mentally active.

7. Do hard tasks in small blocks of time. Take breaks. Example: If studying for a midterm, plan on studying for 45 minutes then taking a 10-15 minute break and start the cycle again.

8. Study, review, work out, etc. in small groups. Having a partner will motivate you.

Diane Lang – Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized author, educator, speaker, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living. Lang offers expertise in multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and Dover Business College.