Archive for October, 2012

Couple’s Ways to Get Rid of Snoring

Sleeping soundly does not mean that you’re always in the pink of health. A current study estimated that 45% of men and 30% of women snore on a regular basis. It is said that frequent alcohol drinking, smoking, asthmatic attacks and blockage of passageways brought by colds or sinuses are the most common causes of snoring.

On the other hand, many experts affirm that snoring hugely affect marital relationships. For an instance, the other half that is diagnosed to have this particular sleeping disorder has higher chances of getting marriage misunderstandings because his / her partner tries to sleep in the other room. Moreover, snoring is also viewed as a negative aspect in intimacy because it decreases the couple’s bed time moments together.

Surgical procedure is now been considered as one of the solutions to stop this disorder. However, this is rarely used and only considered in cases of very severe snoring when other treatments have failed.

Plastic surgeons in the Philippines have the following procedure to correct this sleeping abnormality:

Remove excess soft tissue from the throat to widen the upper airway. This may involve removing the tonsils and adenoids and other tissues in the back of the throat (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty).

Correct an abnormally shaped wall (septum) between the nostrils or remove nasal polyps that block airflow through the nose.

Change the position of the bony structures in the upper airway, allowing air to flow more freely, especially during sleep. More than one surgery may be needed to make these changes.

Implant plastic cylinders in the soft palate to stiffen it to prevent it from vibrating. This can reduce snoring and the daytime sleepiness it causes.

However, as mentioned, these procedures are for severe cases. So if your partner’s snoring habit is starting to become more often, it’s time to get rid of this problem before it turns worse. Below are proven safe, practical and innovative ways to save your marital relationship as you help your partner sleep soundly.

Take Up Singing Lessons

It’s no joke. Singing contemporary ballads can mean serenading your husband or wife as it also stretches your throat muscles to reduce irritating night time vibrations that cause the noise.

Have an intimate Dinner Schedule

Encourage a weekly couple’s bonding in a relaxing venue. Avoid restaurants and bars that allow diners to smoke. Second-hand smoke is very harmful since it causes nasal and lung congestion which often leads to snoring.

Wear a Snore Stopper Bracelet for Couples

Along with wedding rings, unisex watches and couple T-shirts comes the innovative Snore Stopper Bracelet as seen at Groupon Philippines. It is a multipurpose accessory that detects snoring from your partner, all you need to do is wear it on the wrist while sleeping and it will deliver pulses to stop the user from snoring. You can have this item as a shopping coupon only from Groupon. A more affordable and convenient way to acquire this innovative snore stopper.

Engage on a Physical Bonding Together

Whether both of you needs to lose weight or aging calls for a healthy lifestyle, physical activities like running, swimming, biking and going to the gym helps in clearing out blocked narrow airways that affects your breathing pattern while fast asleep.

Talk openly with your Partner who snores

If you truly love your better half, it is also assumed that you’re willing to accept his / her imperfections. Honestly telling your partner that he / she snores can mean that you’re helping to resolve whatever conflicts it can bring to your relationship as a couple. Taking some time to talk to him / her privately will make both of you comfortable with each other.

Couples don’t have to worry since there are a lot of instant remedies and cure for snoring.  If you really want to eliminate the habit, pursue hard not only to please your partner but also to take charge of your health and wellness.

More than physical intimacy, connection of your intertwined souls is the most important aspect of long lasting relationship. So come on! Don’t be shy to gently whisper to your partner’s ear the next time you hear him snore and let’s try to find out what will happens next. Good luck!

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The Etiquette of Plastic Surgery

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in the United States alone, there were over 9 million surgical and non-surgical procedures done in 2011. So it is no wonder why there are lots of people who turn to plastic surgery to answer their beauty and health woes. But, just like any other trend, it also has its own set of rule book.

If you know someone (may it be your friend or acquaintance) who had undergone plastic surgery, it is considered impolite to directly ask him/her about it. A sensitive topic such as plastic surgery makes it awkward for someone who had it to talk about.

Plastic surgery has its own set of rules to follow. Photo from Google.

Etiquette guru Mary Mitchell told the Contra Costa Times on how and what to say to friends, individuals or colleagues who have gone under plastic surgery. “When we change the way we look, it almost automatically changes the way others react to us,” Mitchell said.

“It’s incredibly rude to come out and ask about it. Wait for them to tell you,” she added. And if it is really obvious, “give the person an opening, like, ‘Gee, you look great. What’s your secret?’ And say that without sarcasm. Or if you know already that the person was going to have a surgery, you can ask them the question, “how are you feeling?”

Mitchell also mentioned that many people actually want to talk about it. “People told me it was liberating to hear somebody admit to having work done and that it’s OK,” she said. “A lot of people don’t want anybody to know, but telling someone can actually help.”

Since plastic surgery is a major operation and can be traumatic for some, you would want somebody to talk to, a support system especially if it is an extreme procedure. It takes a big toll on your physical, mental and emotional state so it is better to rely on trusted friends and family members for comfort and support.

Dr. Edwin Paul V. Magallona of the Philippine Plastic Surgeon has a witty suggestion for someone who had gone under the knife and is not ready yet for the big reveal. “If you want to disguise your procedure, let’s say facial implants, which are most probably going to be very evident, you might want to consider changing your hair color or wardrobe choices  because most probably, their reaction is going to be: You look great, nice hairstyle.”

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