Running provides two psychological benefits. First is improvement in mood. This short-lived phenomena, also called “runner’s high,” is caused when certain chemicals are released into the bloodstream by physical activity. For me, it inspires feelings of largess, which my kids often exploit. The second benefit is the long-term improvement it makes in self-esteem. But the greatest benefit for me is that running is an incredible source of creativity.
I’m not sure what the biological dynamics of this are (a client with an M.D. says running is a form of meditation), but I do know it has two dramatic results. One is the “Ah-Ha!” factor.
“I can’t tell you the number of times I have been stuck on a design or business problem, and after a nice long run, have returned to find a creative solution staring me in the face,” says Don Weathers, who runs PodHammer.net.
“Running is a way of tapping into the subconscious; it’s like ‘sleeping on it,’ but much more predictable.”
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People can’t control their snoring willingly as it is basically impossible to control what your body does while it sleeps. The noise we associate with snoring is caused by the muscles in the mouth relaxing and the tongue falling to the back of the mouth and blocking off the airway. Snoring can be a signal of other potential issues. People who snore tend to be those who are battling other lifestyle issues that perhaps need adjusting. Those who are overweight are more likely to snore. Same as those who smoke or drink heavily, especially before they go to sleep. People who are very stressed during the day for any reason have been shown to snore as well. Snoring can also be a sign of a very serious condition known as Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea occurs when a person stops breathing while they sleep. Often times the breathing will stop and start periodically through the night and there are two different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and occurs when throat muscles relax and obstruct the airway. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send the proper signals to your muscles that control breathing and is less common. Both versions of sleep apnea can be very serious and need to be diagnosed by a physician.
If you snore, that doesn’t mean you automatically have a serious condition like sleep apnea but it might mean you need to talk with your doctor and get it looked into. However if you do, there will be a range of devices you can use to help with this condition.
Many of those who suffer from sleep apnea will use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device during the night. A CPAP device provides constant air pressure all through the night and is generally a mask that is affixed to the face, covering the nose and sometimes the mouth to help force the air into your airways. Unfortunately, many CPAP machines are abandoned by their users for being too bulky, uncomfortable and expensive. Not everyone has health coverage and can afford to have these machines in their houses which can severely limit options for care. In these instances, people stop using treatment altogether which can be very dangerous.
There are alternative methods though. If you suffer from the obstructive sleep apnea you may find relief by using an anti-snoring mouthpiece as opposed to a CPAP machine. While the CPAP will force air into your mouth and/or nose to keep your airways open, an anti-snoring mouthpiece will adjust the way your mouth or tongue is situated to ‘naturally’ allow air into your airways. There are many of these snoring mouthpieces on the market.
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