A Look at Snoring Treatments

If your own efforts to stop snoring do not help, consult your physician or an otolaryngologist — or a doctor for the ear, nose, and throat. If you choose to try a dental appliance as a snoring treatment, you will need to see a dentist specializing in these devices. Some medical snoring treatments are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral devices (including dental appliances and lower jaw positioners), and surgery.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure consists of sleeping with an air mask to maintain continuous air pressure in the throat. CPAP is a treatment for sleep apnea, as well as for snoring.

A wide range of dental appliances, oral devices, and lower jaw adjusters are available to alleviate snoring. Some people experience significant improvement with these oral appliances, which bring the lower jaw forward during sleep. Most of the products fit inside the mouth, but some products on the market are worn around the head and chin to adjust the position of the lower jaw.

As far as surgery goes, Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty (TAP) treats snoring and various types of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The types of TAP include: laser-assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP) and radiofrequency ablation (or “somnoplasty”). Laser-assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP) vaporizes the uvula and a portion of the palate with a laser in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia. LAUP effectively removes obstructions to the airway, which may be causing snoring or sleep apnea.

Laser-Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty has a higher success rate than Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty for sleep apnea (UPPP), but it requires a surgeon with expertise in laser procedures. Radiofrequency ablation, or somnoplasty, shrinks excess tissue in the upper airway with a needle electrode. For snoring, the soft palate and uvula are reduced. For Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the base of the tongue is reduced. For chronic nasal obstruction, nasal turbinates are reduced. Somnoplasty does not require general anesthesia.

According to many experts, while other snoring treatments may help in cases of milder snoring problems, for heavy snoring, surgically correcting obstructive conditions in the nose, pharynx, or uvula may be the only solution.

A Look at Shiatsu Massage Chairs

The term “shiatsu” refers to a form of Asian massage. This traditional massage uses techniques of digging deep into the muscle tissue to ease out knots and relieve tension. The shiatsu technique can involve patting, rotating, sweeping and vibrating the affected areas. Another popular technique is the “barefoot shiatsu” in which the therapist walks on the back of the patient to remove tension.

Many of today’s shiatsu massage chairs are designed to imitate human touch. These chairs are often useful in the treatment of headaches, digestive problems, back pain and more. The benefits of shiatsu massage chairs can be likened to an actual massage. The difference is that with a massage chair, you can reap the benefits of this popular massage from your home at any time you wish.

New shiatsu massage chairs have buttons the consumer can choose from for different options. These options include kneading, pulsing and tapping. The key to getting the most from your massage session is to relax. If you are more tense than usual, you may be uncomfortable, and in some cases bruising may occur. To get a relaxing massage, relax and start out slow; limit your session to no more than fifteen minutes.

Shiatsu massage chairs are certainly at the head-of-the-class when it comes to massage chair therapy. These are probably among the most popular designs and those who have purchased them often say that they would never give it up.

If you are reluctant to the idea that a chair can provide a soothing deep massage, you should go try one out. Chances are that a store near you carries several lines of massage chairs and the salesperson will be happy to let you take a test massage. Although many people comment that the chairs are far from attractive, the massaging benefits are well worth lack of stylish appearance.

A Look at Punta Cana Real Estate

Real Estate in an area like Punta Cana is hot property. Despite development of the island in recent years, there is still potential for appreciation when purchasing property in such a popular vacation destination.

Punta Cana is among the fastest growing tourist destinations in the entire Caribbean. Because of its explosive growth, it is hard to believe that 35 years ago all one could find in Punta Cana was a tiny adventurer’s hotel and one narrow, dirt road. There was no airport, the hotel didn’t offer the services that are offered today. With roughly 40 hotels, 30,000 rooms, 5 operating golf courses and its own power company, Punta Cana still has the potential for tremendous growth.

Punta Cana is a safe destination known for the warmth of its people and their hospitality. Though a small town, it has all the amenities of a metropolis and is endowed with a moderate tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and luxurious forests.

Many years ago entrepreneurs with great foresight purchased large beach properties at very low prices and today, most of the beachfront property in Bavaro and Punta Cana is owned and occupied by big resort hotels. There are very few beach properties left at relatively high prices, but there are still excellent opportunities for acquiring land with a great potential for growth, considering the pace of urbanization.

Acquiring property in Punta Cana is straightforward, but still, foreigners purchasing property anywhere in the world outside their native countries need to exercise extra caution. One can obtain help from a real estate attorney to get through the process. The government’s only requirement is that the Title Registry Offices keep a record, for statistical purposes, of all purchases made by foreigners.

Apartments in Punta Cana can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $225,000 depending upon the location and type of apartment. Beachfront land costs between $15 per square meter to $200 per square meter.

A Look at Punta Cana Weather

The weather in the Dominican Republic remains tropical year-round with the temperatures averaging around 25°C (77°F). The summer and winter seasons differ by only a slight variation in temperature. Visitors coming to the Dominican Republic, practically any time of the year can expect to be treated with extended periods of blue sunny skies — ideal weather for getting a nice tan.

The best time to visit Punta Cana is during the “cool” season from November to April. During these months, the weather is pleasantly warm with relatively low levels of humidity and low precipitation. Temperatures along the coast are constant around 29°C (84°F) during the day and drop to a comfortable 20°C (68°F) at night.

The “hot” season runs roughly from May to October when the average temperature rises to 31°C (87°F) during the daytime and drops to about 22°C (72°F) at night. But with the high humidity levels during this season, the temperature feels much hotter. Rains do bring some respite from the heat during May through August, but usually this turns out to be no more than a 30-minute tropical shower. It is advised that travelers pack light and include a lot of cool and light fitting cotton clothing.

Despite such minimal difference between the temperatures in summer and winter, the climate tends to vary a lot from year to year due to the influence of the weather phenomena known as “El Niño” and “La Niña” among others. The greatest threat to the Dominican Republic comes from hurricanes. The Caribbean hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30. August and September are the more hurricane-prone months. The major resorts have become adept at getting back on their feet quickly after a hurricane.

As in most tropical areas, in Punta Cana too the menace of mosquitoes looms large. The mosquitoes usually appear after dusk but they are seasonal and more noticeable in the rainy season. Visitors are advised to wear long, comfortable cotton pants after dusk and use insect repellent sprays before venturing outside.

A Look at Maui Wedding Cakes

Since Maui and Hawaii in general have been blessed with the most wonderful fruits and flowers, the best cakes on the island tend to take advantage of them. There are companies on the islands that have been creating designs and recipes for wedding cakes for over 50 years. Many have received worldwide acclaim. Several, in fact, have created wedding cakes for the rich and famous for weddings not even held in Hawaii.

The cakes are produced to order and then flown to their final destination to be enjoyed at the wedding reception as if it were happening right on Maui. In addition to the fabulous fruits and flowers available, there is an abundance of dairy products from some of the happiest, healthiest herds of cattle anywhere in the world. These natural items, unequaled in quality anywhere else in the world, combined with the talents of Hawaiian cake makers, are responsible for some of the best Maui wedding cakes ever.

There are creations available from Maui wedding-cake producers that simply can’t be reproduced anywhere else. Sweet pineapple butter cream fillings, decorated with some of the most beautiful flowers are a mainstay of the better cake makers. Frostings made from freshly picked sugar cane, grown a few miles from the bakery, can’t be duplicated using packaged products from your local supermarket – even if they originated from Hawaii.

For the adventurous, there are flavors and fillings available made from eclectic combinations of fruits and flowers that are as unique and wonderful as any found on the planet. No matter what you desire for your Maui wedding cakes, you can rest assured that it will be of the highest quality, made from ingredients that were still growing a few hours before they reached the oven and that there is no other place on earth that such a wonderful creation could have been produced.

A Look at Luxury Down Comforters

For those striving to create a bedroom retreat, a haven from the rest of the world, luxury is a necessity. Along with good color choices and fine furniture, a lavishly dressed bed is top priority. One of the most important ingredients for an extravagant bed is a luxury down comforter, and price is no object.

Down comforters are made from a variety of materials. They can be made from the down of ducks or geese. The most luxurious, though, are those made from goose down. Goose down is heavier and produces warmer, fluffier, and more luxurious down comforters.

Different geese produce different qualities of down. Eiderdown comes from the Eider duck of Iceland. As you can imagine in such a cold climate, the Eider duck has a very full and luxurious down, resulting in a warm and fine comforter. Eiderdown has to be hand harvested from Eider duck nests, making it difficult to acquire. At around $7000, its price reflects that quality and rarity.

Siberian goose down is considered the best, and is available for around $1000. Siberian goose down is known to have superior warming power, and is fluffier than all other varieties.

In shopping for luxury down comforters, one of the most important things to consider is the fill power rating. Fill power refers to the comforter’s fluffiness, the higher the rating, the better. While any fill rating over 550 is considered good, the more luxurious down comforters often have ratings of over 800.

Thread count is another important consideration. The thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch. Again, the higher the number, the better the quality of the comforter. A high thread count means the comforter will be softer, lighter, and less likely to leak filling.

The comforter cover material is less important because the comforter itself should be covered with a duvet. However, some truly luxurious cover materials exist. Some comforters are covered in silk or Egyptian cotton for optimum softness.

A Look at Jewish Dating Traditions

Jewish dating traditions range from the rigid rules and regulations formulated in Biblical times to the modern, no holds barred attitude of today’s youth. In the olden days, men and women were pretty much kept apart until the matchmaker made an arrangement, introduced the two young people, talked with both sets of parents and set the wedding date.

Men and women were kept separate in the temple, praying in separate sections of the building, with the men on one side and the women on the other. The odd thing about this arrangement is that even though the wedding was held in a temple, the same rules applied even then. The bride and groom were kept apart during the service up until the time that it was made complete and then, and only then, could they embrace and begin to celebrate their marriage.

In more modern times, in this great, progressive country, the idea of keeping the sexes apart, especially during the wedding ceremony was absurd. You couldn’t keep today’s kids apart with a brick wall and Jewish dating traditions can’t change that. But, there are some traditions that remain in place even to this day. Based around the time-honored practice of motherly guilt, mothers hold sway over their sons and daughters and any good child will go out of his way to keep them happy.

In Jewish families, the mother holds the power and if the children want anything from their parents — inheritances, respect, blessings — then the rules and Jewish dating traditions of the household must be respected. It’s not a law, not a Biblical rule or a commandment. It’s just the way it is. From Hasidic, to conservative to reformed, each family group has its traditions even in modern America. The bond that keeps Jewish people clustered together also keeps the children following the family traditions regarding dating and marriage.

A Look at Hardwood Caskets

Caskets made of wood provide a traditional and beautiful final resting place. A hardwood casket can be made of a variety of woods. Each type of wood produces a unique and attractive appearance all its own.

A hardwood is any type of wood that comes from a deciduous tree, that is, a tree that bears and loses leaves each year. There are over 90 types of hardwood used in manufacturing, and many of these are used to make caskets. The United States, and especially the East Coast, is one of the best places in the world to find a variety of hardwoods. Some of the premium hardwoods used to make caskets are Cherry and Walnut. Oak and Maple are more standard woods used to make caskets, and cottonwood and poplar are two of the most commonly used hardwoods.

Cherry and Walnut are two premium woods used to make hardwood caskets. Cherry is a strong, lightweight wood with a deep red to reddish brown appearance. Walnut is heavier and has a coarser texture. Walnut usually has a smooth grain or it can have a unique curly or wavy grain.

Woods such as oak, elm, and maple are the standards used to make hardwood caskets. Oak is a heavy, strong wood often used in shipbuilding. Oak has a straight grain and a coarse texture and ranges in color from light to dark brown. Maple is another standard choice for hardwood caskets. Maple is another tough and heavy wood, and its color ranges from white to dark brown. Maple is known for its strength and wear resistance.

Cottonwood and poplar are two of the more common woods used to make caskets. These two types of wood are very similar. They are both usually a pale brown color and are straight grained, although poplar is stronger than cottonwood.

Hardwood caskets are perfect for people who want a traditional look. They are made of strong, durable materials and can last for many years.

A Look at Hair Drug Testing

Drug testing has become very common in both the workplace and schools within the last twenty years or so. Generally, urine testing is the most common form of drug screening. Many people are creative in their efforts to beat drug tests and have formulated many products to mask the appearance of drugs in the system. Products such as masking chemicals and even synthetic urine are widely available, and even the most severe cases of drug abuse may go undetected. Because of the ever-expanding market of products designed to help a drug user pass a screening, many employers are turning to hair follicle drug testing.

Although hair drug testing is significantly more expensive than urine, sweat or saliva testing, many employers consider the benefits to outweigh the costs. Employers are often pleased with the fact that hair follicle drug testing is less intrusive, is generally more sensitive to detecting drugs and can detect them up to twice as far back as other methods, and can show whether or not the employee has ceased to use drugs recently in an attempt to cover up usage. It is also more difficult to mask drugs in the system when using this type of test.

The hair follicle drug test requires taking a sample of the employee’s hair; usually just a small snippet of hair is taken and is considered less embarrassing than urine collection. A human resources employee or other official within the company can often perform the hair collection on-site. The sample is then sent to the laboratory for washing and testing. Labs generally wash the hair prior to testing in order to reduce the risk of picking up drug chemicals that may have come from external sources, rather than actually ingesting the substance.

Although most employers still rely on the urine analysis for detecting drugs among employees or prospective employees, others are recognizing the benefits of hair follicle drug testing. Most people are aware of various methods in which to beat the urine test; in some cases even resorting to purchasing urine from a “clean” friend. Hair drug testing is virtually unbeatable by current masking products. Although some products claim to mask the appearance of drugs in hair samples, most are based on false or inaccurate claims. Hair follicle drug testing has been proven to be more effective and less invasive than other alternatives.

A Look at Glow Stick Dancing

Glow stick dancing, also called flow dancing or liquid dancing, involves twirling glow sticks to the beat of a song while simultaneously dancing. This dance has become popular with the techno and, to some extent, the hip-hop scene — especially in cities such as San Francisco and New York.

Glow stick dancing is all about having fun. Nevertheless, there are some basic things that any would-be glow stick dancer should know. First, dancers should hold the glow sticks in a way that allows plenty of movement between the fingers, but that also feels comfortable. Try holding out your hand, palm down, and placing the glow stick under the index and pinky fingers, and on top of the middle two fingers. This hold allows for the best grip and visibility.

A good glow stick move to know for glow stick dancing is the figure eight. This move allows the dancer to twirl the glow sticks very close together and can look much more difficult than it actually is. To do the move, practice making a figure eight with your leading hand. Hold your arm out with your elbow slightly bent, and move only your wrist. Imagine the face of a clock, and, starting at 12, move to the following numbers in this order: 1,2,8,7,6,5,4,10,11,12,1,2. Repeat the process several times to create a figure eight.

Once you learn how to do the figure eight with one hand smoothly, try following with the other hand. Note that both hands will follow the same sequence, one in front of the other. While making the figure eight, try dancing to the music. When you have mastered the figure eight, you should be able to dance with your body and the glow sticks in perfect beat with the music.

The most important part of glow stick dancing, though, is to always have fun!