snoring remedy

Conservative remedies for combating snoring

Snoring may make you the target of family jokes, or incur you the ire of a disgruntled bed partner, but studies show that there is a darker side to snoring. Of those who snore, 75% are thought to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. It's no wonder that once people become aware of snoring's role in their lives, they seek to do something about it. But it doesn't have to be drastic action, at least at first. Most experts agree that conservative methods can help remedy your snoring before trying more aggressive treatments including medication and surgery.

Spinal curvature

Your spine has four essential curves

These are, from top to bottom:

  • The cervical curve: 7 vertebrae, concave curve
  • Thoracic curve: 12 vertebrae, convex curve
  • Lumbar curve: 5 large vertebrae, concave curve
  • Sacral curve: 5 fused vertebrae which connect to the 4 fused vertebrae of the coccyx, convex curve.

Describing this spring-loaded, S-shape, helps us understand how the curves compress and expand throughout the day to perform shock absorbing and stabilizing duties that keep us upright and injury free. However, compressive forces, including the excessive pressure that comes with poor posture, can work over time to actually change our spinal curvature and leave us worse off. 

spinal longevity

What does spinal longevity mean to you?

To us, it means an old age free of back pain; furthermore, it means an old age with independence of mobility. And while there will be many intangible factors that contribute to your spinal health, it is important to exercise control over the factors which you can in the here and now. These factors include diet, exercise, posture, and sleep. Making sure you pay attention to posture and movement while focusing on getting the right kind of food gives you the best possible chance of staying upright and independent in your old age. 

degenerative disc disease

Degenerative Disc Disease is a misnomer

Degenerative disc disease is a common diagnosis, even among people in their 30s. Many people become scared at the idea they could have degenerative disc disease at such a young age- "How much worse will it be when I am in my 60s," is a common refrain. But the term is poorly coined- degenerative disc disease is not a progressively worsening condition and evidence indicates that it may be just the opposite; the degenerative cascade theory suggests that the condition will actually improve over time. How can this be so? 

circulation

Stagnation is the norm

How familiar is this weekday schedule:

  • 1 hour of commuting 
  • 6-8 hours sitting at the office
  • 2-4 hours sitting at home recreating or in front of screens

Let's apply the scope of circulation to this scenario: when you sit for this long each day, your blood circulation becomes stagnant. When your blood doesn't flow, nutrients and oxygen can't reach the cells in need, while excess cell waste and lymphatic material is left to accumulate because it can't be carried away. What does this mean for you:

  • Low oxygenation in the brain leads to headaches and anxiety
  • Swelling and pain in the extremities
  • Loss of range of motion 
  • Muscle degeneration

 Excessive sitting can even go so far as to damage blood vessels and many experts are debating not over whether or not it takes years off your life, but how many! So what is the answer to this circulation stagnation? Movement. Movement of any kind, whether it's standing up, walking and bending over to take a drink from the water fountain or something more exhaustive, helps get your blood flowing.

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