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How To Use An Epilator: Step-By-Step Epilating Guide

An epilator is one way to get rid of your hair, where the device pulls the hair from the roots. It will give the results of waxing but without the mess. It also provides less discomfort  when used correctly. Here is a step by step epilating guide to help you get the most smoothest shave possible.

Choose a good quality epilator

The quality of the epilator matters as a good quality epilator will give you the result which will last you a long time. Try to look for a better selection of epilator which is cordless as it will make everything much more easier for you.

Shave your legs prior

Epilators work best when you hair growth is to minimal. If you hairs are too long the hair might get stuck in the epilator and can cause problems. Shave before hand and ensure that there is minimal amount of hair growth which can ensure all the hairs are gone.

Set a time

Epilating your body hair can take up some time. Schedule yourself to be free for one hour and ensure that you can groom yourself well. This ensures that you are not in a hurry to finish but take your time to completely remove any hair.

Exfoliate your legs in the shower

One of the best ways to get rid of ingrown hairs is to help prevent it from occurring later. Take a warm shower before hand and scrub your body gently to remove any dead skin. Rub your skin in a gentle circular motion which can gently leave your skin clean for a better epilating experience.

Dry or wet epilation

According to Allaboutthegloss.com epilating in the shower allows the process to be much less painful. It allows the epilator to glide on seamlessly into all the crevices and remove the hair from the root individually. This is one way to make the whole process effective.

use it at the lowest setting first

If it is your first time using an epilator, start with the lowest setting to help ensure that you can understand the feeling better. If you feel comfortable start to switching it up to higher settings to speed up the whole process.

Start on the inside of your lower leg

Starting from the least sensitive area will give you the confidence to shave the in sensitive areas as well. This will get your body accustomed to feeling the pain that epilators can cause and later move on to your sensitive areas. This helps you to balance the natural oil on your scalp which can make it easier for you to shave.

Hold the epilator chose to your skin

Want the most smoothest shave an epilator can be your best friend. Hold the device close to your skin but ensure that you do not press hard. Holding it close can help ensure that that you get to see the most smoothest shave which will last you a long time.

Type of Material

BPA Latex FreeAnother important criterion while selecting an oral appliance is finding out the material of construction. Remember, this device will be in your mouth every night for the next several months. Therefore, understanding the comfort, safety and durability of the material are important considerations.

Most oral appliances are made out of dental plastic material. Some devices, such as aveoTSD, are made from medical grade silicone. One might look to see how hard the material feels—a softer, flexible material will place less pressure on the dental structures and prevent soreness, as compared with a rigid material. Moreover, it is essential to check to see that these devices are free of bisphenol A (BPA) and latex. A clear indication should be provided by the manufacturer regarding BPA and latex content.

Moreover, I prefer to check the manufacturer’s label for other statements regarding discoloration and hygienic features of devices. These devices should be non-permeable to oral fluids, thereby preventing microbial growth over continued use.

 Custom-made vs. Non-customized MAD

As pointed out earlier, MADs can be either custom-made or store-bought. The custom-made devices, such as Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP 3), are usually obtained through consultation with a dentist. The dentist will take one’s dental impression, and send it to the manufacturer for a fitted mouthpiece. A custom-made device may provide better mouthpiece retention over non-custom devices. However, be advised that customized MADs are expensive options that can go into $1000-$2000 price range. In addition, one has to take into account the cost of dentist visitations. Any adjustments that have to be done after delivery of the device will be charged extra. If a customized MAD is considered, one must first find out how much insurance coverage can be expected. A custom-fitted MAD has a life-expectancy of a few years. It will provide features to adjust the jaw position, for example, in increments of millimeters.

You will be relieved to learn that there are several brands of non-custom MADs that offer comparable effectiveness as the custom devices. The store-bought mouthpieces generally come in moldable designs with adjustability features. Most non-custom MADs are made up of thermoplastic material and offer boil-and-bite customization. A user can place the MAD in boiling water for a few minutes, slightly cool it off, and then bite down on it for a customized fit. The device is then placed in cold water, which helps retain the bite shape. Unlike the older models of MADs, the recent designs have significantly eliminated the soreness and side effects experienced with use. Moreover, given the effectiveness of MADs as demonstrated through clinical studies, a store-bought variety is a reliable and economical option for primary snoring cases.

 Breathing Hole

Breathing HoleAn important consideration is the availability of breathing holes with MADs, which support mouth breathing during sleep. For those of you who are mouth breathers, a safe option is to obtain a MAD with breathing holes or hinged jaws for movement (such as, ZQuiet). Not only is this relevant for chronic mouth breathers, people who have blocked nasal passages from allergies, cold, etc. will be safe and comfortable using a device that allows mouth breathing. The small size of these holes allows enough air passage for breathing, but may produce a whistling sound.

Some examples of mouthpieces with breathing holes are Ripsnore, SleepPro Standard and Snore Eliminator. As mentioned earlier, ZQuiet is a MAD with a hinged jaw that allows for normal jaw movement during sleep. Therefore, ZQuiet supports mouth breathing without the necessity for breathing holes.

MADs that do not feature breathing holes, encourage the healthy way of breathing, that is, through one’s nose. These may be ideal for people who usually sleep with their mouths closed.

FDA cleared

FDA ApprovedOral anti-snoring appliances are recognized as medical devices that require FDA clearance before they can be legally marketed within the US. If you reside in another country, please check to confirm if the oral appliance has been cleared by your residing health authority. Some devices, such as Good Morning Snore Solution, have been cleared by several international health authorities, including FDA, Health Canada, EEC, and TGA Australia. FDA approval indicates that the medical device has undergone thorough testing to ensure its safety and efficacy. As with any other medical device, strict adherence to the manufacturer’s instructions is essential for the continued smooth performance of the device.

Clinically Proven

Clinically ProvenBefore purchasing a device over the internet or in the store, you may like to know whether it can really do the job. A good way to find out is to look for clinical studies that have tested the device for efficacy. A lot of clinical studies have already been conducted to compare different models of oral mouthpieces for snoring and even sleep apnea remedy. Mandibular advancement devices (MAD) have been proven to be efficacious for primary snoring and mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Tongue stabilizing devices (TSD) are demonstrated to be efficacious for snoring with or without apnea, and may be considered as a second-line option for individuals who have a hard time adjusting to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.

Check the manufacturer’s information to see what types of clinical studies have been done on the particular oral device you are interested in. It will help you make the right choice with confidence.

Convenience Factor

Convenience is a foremost concern while choosing the right anti-snoring aid. A product may be effective in controlling snoring, but if it is too uncomfortable to sleep in, people tend to discontinue the use. Two factors that may greatly affect comfort of use are the material and design of the device. Oral appliances that are made from soft flexible plastic material will produce a more positive mouth feel. In addition, one may find the simpler designs more appealing, as compared with some of the bulkier devices. The simpler designs are comfortable to wear to sleep and offer easy cleaning for regular use.

ConvinienceOne should carefully consider the adjustable features that anti-snoring devices provide. For example, for MADs the ability to reposition the jaw forward or backward through adjustment of screws can yield comfort to the user. It has been my personal experience that when it comes to convenience a small adjustment can often create a big difference.

Some of the MADs I have tested out were the boil-and-bite technology, and I could contour the thermoplastic material to my unique dental shape. However, I have encountered situations where I required two attempts at boil-and-bite to get the shape just right. Again, this was a workable solution because most devices can support a few (sometimes as much as 5) remolding attempts.

Another factor that greatly influences customer satisfaction is the absence of significant side effects from wearing oral appliances. For examples, the earlier models of MADs caused jaw soreness, facial pain, increased salivation and overbite with prolonged use. However, the sleeker designs and flexible materials have led to reduced side effects in MADs.

 

Lifestyle Changes vs. Oral Devices

For anyone seeking a solution to snoring, I strongly advise to understand its root cause as a first step. Identifying the cause will lead to the right solution. Advice from a doctor is the best way to identifying the nature of one’s problem.

Lifestyle changes that are known to alleviate the problem take time and patience. In the meantime, I have found my cure in anti-snoring mouthpieces. The newest technology based on tongue retention are comfortable to use and economical. The best part is that they work!

My first night using Good Morning Snore Solution, a clinically tested FDA-cleared product, helped me sleep like a baby. No staying up at night from loud snoring sounds, just peaceful rest. I was surprised how vital I felt the next morning.

There were other brands of anti-snoring mouthpieces that worked quite well for me. For a detailed list of my product reviews and recommendations, please visit here.

Don’t live with snoring – find a way out today!

Anti-Snoring Mouthpieces: 9 Features to Consider

In my quest for the perfect anti-snoring solution, I have tested several different varieties of products. These ranged from natural pills and sleep pillows to nasal strips and mouthpieces. Early on in my journey, I realized that the oral anti-snoring appliances performed best for my needs as compared with the other over-the-counter products. In fact, research estimates that oral appliances are up to 90% effective in minimizing / eliminating snoring, and up to 70% effective in alleviating mild-to-moderate sleep apnea.

The large number of brands available for oral appliances can make the job of selection very difficult. Here, I have compiled the TOP 9 features to consider when choosing an anti-snoring oral device.

type1b MAD vs. TSD

Oral anti-snoring appliances fall within two categories – Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) and Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD). These two categories of products achieve the same goal, through slightly different approaches.

Mandibular Advancement Device:

The MADs attach to the upper and lower teeth, and help reposition the lower jaw, bringing it to a slightly forward position in the mouth. This prevents the lower jaw from moving backwards due to gravity during sleep. The design and convenience of MADs have evolved considerably over time. What once used to be made out of dental wires and hard plastic materials, MADs today are created from flexible thermoplastic material with fine adjustable features. The thermoplastic material ensures that the users can mold the device to a customized fit, using boil-and-bite method.

Some examples of MADs available over-the-counter are SnoreRx, VitalSleep, SomnoGuard AP, SleepPro SFA, SnoreDoc, Ripsnore, Puresleep, Snoremate, Snore Eliminator. However, not all MADs are adjusted through boil-and-bite. Models, such as ZQuiet and Snoremender PS, can be used out of the box, and require only minor adjustments.

Moreover, MADs cannot be used if one relies on complete or partial dentures; a sufficient number of intact teeth are required to attach a MAD.

MADs have been tested through clinical studies, and found to be effective in preventing and greatly reducing snoring. These devices are recommended for primary snoring and even mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Disadvantages with MADs include mouth soreness, jaw pain, excessive salivation or dry mouth, and the development of overbite.

Custom-fitted MADs are also available through consultation with a dentist. The pros and cons of customized MADs are detailed below in this article.

Tongue Stabilizing Device:

The TSDs work by latching onto the tongue through suction and stabilizing the tongue in a slightly forward position. In this way, the tongue is prevented from collapsing and blocking the air passages during sleep. TSDs are the newest technological development in the anti-snoring world. These devices look more elegant than the jaw retainers, and offer greater convenience. Numerous clinical studies have shown the effectiveness of TSDs in snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Additionally, OSA patients have a preference for TSDs over CPAP therapy, given the convenience of use of the former. For a TSD to stay in place, a negative pressure (or suction) is required, and hence TSDs necessitate a lip seal. Therefore, TSDs are solely meant for nasal breathers. TSDs cannot be used when nasal passages are blocked.

Apart from the effectiveness and convenience of use, TSDs are associated with very few side effects as compared with MADs. There is no gag reflex, jaw soreness or teeth repositioning from long use. Initial soreness of tongue may be encountered; however, in my experience this goes away with continued use.

Anti-Snoring Products: Self-Help

Effective aids for snoring include several convenient self-help options, such as the following:

Mouthpieces: These fall under the following two categories:

Good Morning Snore Solution
Good Morning Snore Solution

Tongue Retaining Devices work by keeping the tongue in a slightly forward position, and thereby preventing the back of the tongue from blocking airways during sleep. These are the newest technology in snoring prevention. Invented a little more than a decade ago, tongue retaining devices are available in various designs for a sleek look and effective control of snoring. My personal success story is based on the effectiveness of this type of anti-snoring devices, particularly Good Morning Snore Solution.

Mandibular Repositioning Systems work by holding the lower jaw in a slightly forward position. This prevents the tongue from collapsing back during sleep, and maintains the lower jaw and associated structures in a stable position. These are called by a variety of names, such as mandibular repositioning device (MRD), mandibular advancement device (MAD), or mandibular advancement splint (MAS).
Chin StrapsChin Straps: These are straps that are worn around the chin and back of the head. They work by keeping the mouth closed to control snoring. It is effective for people whose snoring is caused due to open mouth position during sleep.

Nose ClipsNasal Products: These include nasal strips, nasal sprays, nose clips and nostril cones. They work by keeping nasal passages open during sleep. Those who snore because of stuffy or blocked nose, which is an estimated 15-20% of all snoring cases, may be benefited through these interventions.
PillowsPillows: Anti-snore pillows work by keeping the head in an elevated position and encouraging sleeping on one’s side. These work for cases where bad posture during sleep is the main cause of snoring.
Natural PillsNatural Pills: These are tablets or sprays that use natural ingredients to reduce congestion and mucus production. These may be used if snoring is temporarily caused due to nasal or sinus congestion.

Anti-Snoring Remedies: Medical Intervention
There are several medical interventions for snoring, which include the following:

CPAPContinuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): These devices work by maintaining positive air pressure to blow air in through a mask. They help a patient with breathing difficulty breathe easier. These are expensive devices that are generally indicated for sleep apnea, patients in critical health conditions and infants with respiratory difficulties. A doctor’s prescription is required for obtaining a CPAP machine.
Custom-made Mouthpieces: Customized mouthpieces that work by mandibular repositioning can be obtained from a specialized dentist. These are custom-fitted to one’s mouth and gum, and therefore have good retention – they do not fall off from teeth.

Pharmacological Agents: A clinical study reported that the combination of pseudoephedrine (nasal decongestant) and domperidone (a prokinetic drug) alleviated severe snoring in subjects. One’s physician will be able to provide the best advice on using medicinal products to control snoring.
Before After SurgerySurgery: Several surgical interventions, such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and the Pillar procedure, are available as a last resort or in very severe cases of snoring / sleep apnea. The first two procedures involve widening of the area at the back of the mouth through surgical removal of soft tissue. The Pillar procedure, a FDA-approved out-patient procedure, works by making the soft palate more rigid through the injection of dacron (or “pillars”) into this part of the mouth.

How to stop snoring?

Stop Snoring

There are proven ways to effectively tackle this issue these days. In a nutshell, the most important thing is to realize that the cause of snoring is not the same for all individuals. The first step to finding a remedy is to identify the cause.

My dear guests can infer some solutions as apparent from the discussion on the causes of snoring. Avoiding alcohol and sleep medications can help alleviate the problem. In addition, losing weight and exercising may benefit individuals whose snoring is related to being overweight. Side-sleeping is advisable for individuals who snore. Over-the-counter products are available that help control snoring. Ultimately, one needs to seek medical advice to put an end to this annoying and serious problem.

As a final remark, I want my guests to deliberate on the serious health implications of snoring. If you once believed that snoring is a trivial matter, please think again. The growing body of medical evidence highlights the risks associated with snoring. In the end, the steps you take today to address this problem may be a life-saver tomorrow. Do not ignore habitual loud snoring; talk to a doctor to understand the cause and seek an aid. I am happy that I did!

You and your loved ones should put a stop to snoring and get the good night’s sleep that you deserve.

Self-help vs. Medical Intervention

I was a habitual snorer. I don’t recall the exact age I developed this annoying habit. But over the years, my snoring got from bad to worse. My wife’s frequent complaints kept me well aware of the situation. In fact, I would at times awake up by the loud sound of my own snoring! I realized that both my wife and I were losing out on quality sleep.

I could trace back many of the problems we were facing in daily life to our sleep-deprived state. Frequent outbursts of anger, lack of focus during the day, fatigue and exhaustion were some of the outcomes.

I am sure many of you can relate with my story. I have written this article to share with readers my journey to finding the perfect solution to snoring. Please be advised that your unique circumstances and needs may be different from mine. Therefore, consultation with a physician is recommended.

Doctor’s consultation

Doctor’s consultationThe first step in my journey to end snoring was consultation with my family doctor. To diagnose the exact reason for my snoring, the doctor asked my wife and me a list of questions. A physical examination of my oral and nasal cavities was also performed to check for any tissue structure problem, such as deviated septum. The doctor determined that given my medical history and family background, a home sleep test would be unnecessary. My snoring could be categorized as “primary snoring,” also called “simple snoring.”

I was advised to include some lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, weight control, avoiding alcohol, etc. He also suggested side-sleeping and head elevation during sleep. However, given my busy professional schedule, I did not see how I could bring about significant lifestyle changes in a short time. Moreover, I had already tried different sleeping positions, but to no avail.

Finally, the doctor recommended that I explore different over-the-counter anti-snoring products that might give immediate and lasting benefits. The doctor’s main suggestion was to try anti-snoring mouthpieces, because of their comfort of use and proven effectiveness.

Looking For Best Snoring Aids

It’s the middle of the night, you’re bone-tired, but sleep is out of question – your partner’s loud snoring is keeping you awake…

Is this a typical situation, you can easily relate to? Or, maybe you are someone who keeps waking up at night from the sound of your own snoring and associated breathing troubles?Let’s face it, snoring is a common problem faced by many. My journey to understanding the nature of snoring began with my own problems in this area.

Yes, you guessed it – I snore!..

I was made aware of how serious my problem was, by my wife’s complaints. My dear loving wife, who is a very hard-working woman, could not take it anymore. My loud snoring kept her from enjoying quality sleep, night after night. One day as she was dragging herself through the morning chores to head out for work, I clearly saw that my snoring was taking a toll on her. In fact, I was apprehensive about her commute to work, and the long miles she would be driving. That morning, I decided to take charge of my snoring!

Over the next months, I read up on the topic, discussed with my doctor and spent hours and hours seeking the right solution for my problem. My investigations on this topic opened my eyes to the seriousness of the snoring. Never before in my life, had I imagined that there was so much more to the seemingly common habit of snoring…

Today, I write this article to share the knowledge I gained and help others who snore. Readers will be surprised to know that the existing medical evidence underscores the gravity of snoring.

What is a snoring nature in pictures

 

Snoring is an unpleasant noise issue that keeps people from enjoying a good night’s sleep. However, there are times when the causes and risks of snoring are serious health concerns that need to be addressed immediately. Read on to understand the causes of snoring, health problems commonly associated with snoring and remedial measures one can take.

Causes

Snoring occurs during sleep when the air passages are obstructed. The restricted air flow while breathing causes the tissues in the back of the mouth and throat to vibrate. This vibration produces the snoring sound. Two structures in the mouth that are commonly associated with snoring are the soft palate and uvula. The soft palate is the roof of the mouth towards the throat, and the uvula is the cone-shaped tissue that hangs from the roof of the mouth.

Factors that affect the structures of the mouth and throat can lead to snoring. Below is outlined the common causes of snoring:

Overweight or obese individuals with excess fat around the neck region.
Swollen tonsils and adenoids resulting from health problems, such as infection, inflammation, etc.
Blockage of nasal airways from allergies, cold, nasal polyps, deformed septum, etc.
Impaired muscle tone in mouth and throat regions.
Swelling in mouth tissues or tongue.
Swollen tissues due to pregnancy.
Misaligned jaw or facial bones.
Alcohol intake.
Certain medications, such as sleeping medicine, antihistamines.
Genetic factors.
Gender: air passages are narrower in men as compared with women; therefore, men are more likely to snore.
Age: the throat becomes narrower and muscle tone decreases with age.

Ultimately, the partial blockage of air passages leads to interrupted air flow during breathing, and therefore causes snoring. Depending on how severe the blockage of air passages is, snoring may indicate the need for medical intervention.

Associated health risks of snoring

Snoring disrupts the quality of sleep. It affects the person who snores and those around them. Sleep is a time when the body repairs and rejuvenates itself. During deep restful sleep, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, which calms stress responses and promotes homeostasis. In the absence of a good night’s rest, an individual suffers from daytime sleepiness, fatigue, inability to focus, high blood pressure, decreased libido and increased irritability. A sleep-deprived individual driving a motor vehicle is more prone to accidents as compared with well-rested drivers.

Sleep Apnea Consequences

Moreover, prolonged sleep deprivation is associated with impaired immunity, obesity and reduced cognitive abilities. Snoring can be a warning sign of associated sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a very serious health condition, wherein an individual intermittently stops breathing, for lapses of at least 10 seconds, during sleep. These episodes can occur several times in an hour. Snoring may be the first sign of sleep apnea, and therefore should be investigated further. Sleep apnea causes stress on the cardiovascular system, especially the heart. When left untreated for long periods of time, sleep apnea can increase the risk for a heart attack. Reduced oxygen availability during sleep from sleep apnea, puts an individual at a higher risk for hypertension, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, dementia, depression, gastric problems, insomnia, nocturnal asthma and impotence…

It is important to realize that all snoring is not indicative of sleep apnea. However, although snoring may not be as serious a health condition as sleep apnea, snoring must not be taken lightly.In fact, a recent study by Dr. Deeb and his colleagues at the Henry Ford Hospital, clearly indicate an association between snoring (without obstructive sleep apnea) and cardiovascular disease. The authors found that individuals who snore have thickened carotid arteries—an indication of arterial damage. The authors suggested that the vibrations of snoring could have led to artery damage in these individuals. According to these authors, public awareness of the implications of snoring is essential. Just as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and family history are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, snoring is another contributing factor. Therefore, individuals who snore habitually should seek medical advice immediately to take charge of their cardiovascular health.

Snoring is not a problem confined to the adult population. In fact, children with certain conditions, such as asthma, allergies, etc. are known to snore chronically. It is highly advisable to get children who snore tested for sleep apnea. Available medical evidence has linked childhood sleep apnea to various growth problems, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), poor academic performance and high blood pressure.