Under the Covers with Sleepenvie
Photo Credit: @fransrestaurant
Patio season is almost upon us. With the coming long summer days, come the long summer nights as well. If you find yourself out, enjoying the city here in Toronto one evening and get a case of the midnight munchies, take a bite out of our list of favourite spots in the 6ix for a moonlight feast that is sure to satisfy any craving. Now, that's saying a mouthful...
On the surface, sleep seems so simple; even babies, who haven’t yet mastered walking or talking, quickly become experts on this activity. And, they can do it anywhere and anyway, whether it’s in the arms of a parent, in a stroller in the park, in a car seat or even on the floor of a playpen. Sleep is a fundamental function that we, as living creatures, need to do to survive and lead healthy lives.
As we get older, the majority of us (less the very fortunate few who can still sleep anywhere and anyway, man do I envy them) have trouble sleeping anywhere but a bed, preferably, in most cases, our own bed. But, getting to sleep doesn’t simply stop at a location. We all also acquire a preferred sleeping position.
There are many variations of three main positions: back, stomach and side. With each position comes pros and cons. Find out how your sleep position is impacting your life and optimize your sleep to better your overall health.
You’re tossing and turning in bed while watching the clock turn from 4:30 AM to 5:15 AM to 5:45 AM. Maybe you drift off for a little while or maybe your frustration grows as you see the sun come up and peek through your curtains. Feeling groggy and tired, you drag yourself out of bed and to bravely face the day knowing you had a really bad night’s sleep.
We’ve all been there. It’s not a nice feeling. But, the reality is: we will all experience this type of morning at some point in our lives, unfortunately.
This kind of exhaustion is no fun at all. It makes your mind cloudy, your body shaky and your emotions temperamental. You are not yourself in this fatigued state.
So, what do you do?
Snoring occurs when air is restricted from moving freely through the nose and throat during sleep. The muscles in the back of the mouth and the upper airway of the throat, relax. The airway narrows or becomes temporarily blocked. As a result, surrounding tissues vibrate and produce the familiar snoring sound. For some individuals, the sound may be subtle, but in many cases, it can be loud and unpleasant, especially for a sleeping partner.
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About 45% of the population snores at some point or another. Anyone can snore: male or female, young or old; no matter what their physical characteristics. An overweight condition, smoking, or heavy alcohol consumption may all increase the risk of habitual snoring.
But you may be a snorer based on your physiology. The way your throat, neck and head are structured can predispose you to snore.
Occasionally, individuals who aren’t regular snorers will snore during a viral illness, after drinking alcohol, or when taking some medications.