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The terms ‘heart attack’ and ‘cardiac arrest’ can be thrown around in general conversation as if they mean the same thing.

They don’t.

And knowing the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest can make a huge difference when trying to save a person’s life.

Understanding the Terms

A heart attack is also called a myocardial infarction. This may be where it gets confused with cardiac arrest.

Infarction means localized tissue in or around the heart is in danger, or has died, due to an obstruction preventing blood reaching it.

Arrest means stop. In other words, the heart has stopped beating entirely.

One key difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest is that cardiac arrest occurs within the heart, while heart attacks are from artery problems.

Both can kill. Knowing the difference can save a life, especially if you know CPR or if you carry with you a portable CPR mask that has instructions.

Heart Attack

In the United States the heart attack is at the top of the list of killers. A heart attack is caused by a problem in the circulation very close to the heart itself and oxygen-carrying blood can’t get to a heart muscle. This is often due to a clogged, blocked, or malfunctioning artery. The chamber of the heart that is fed by that artery then deteriorates.

A person may remain conscious during a heart attack or may lose consciousness. But the person will have a pulse because the heart has not stopped.

The wait time from onset to treatment has a direct correlation to damage. The quicker the response, the less the damage may be.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

One of the biggest differences between heart attack and cardiac arrest is that the former has clear symptoms that can be in clusters:

  • Chest pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Pressure on the chest. Some describe it as like having a bowling ball in the chest.
  • Sweating for an unknown reason.
  • Feeling queasy or nauseous.
  • Pain in the arms, back, stomach, jaw, and neck.
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
  • Very strong heartburn.

Some mild symptoms can go on for weeks.

Women and men can experience very similar symptoms, although women tend to get the ‘heartburn’ or ‘flu’ symptoms more often than chest pain.

Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest means the heart stops beating entirely. The term is used when the heart of a patient in surgery stops, not just when a person collapses and is unresponsive.

It is an issue with the body’s electrical system. It can happen suddenly with no warning signs. The heart goes into arrhythmia where pumping is disrupted. In moments, the person falls unconscious and the heart stops. Death happens in minutes unless treatment is administered.

What to Do

Quick action saves lives.

Heart attack:

  • Call 911. Listen to the dispatcher, stay on the line, answer questions, and follow instructions.
  • If the patient has lost consciousness, begin CPR. Having a CPR mask in your first aid kit is an invaluable tool. It provides instructions for chest compressions and for airway resuscitation, along with a safety barrier to prevent fluid exchange.

Cardiac arrest:

  • Stay as calm as possible. Panic is no help at all.
  • Call 911. Listen to the dispatcher, stay on the line, answer questions, and follow instructions.
  • Check very carefully for a pulse.
  • Start CPR. Mouth-to-mouth with a CPR mask is good, but chest compressions are vital for keeping blood circulating. Any attempt at CPR is better than none.
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NATURAL-BUG-REPELLANT

What would summer be without bugs and insects? Well, probably even more enjoyable! But the reality is that as soon as warmer temperatures hit, you’re off to buy bug repellent.

Unfortunately, the chemicals in most repellents, especially DEET, can have some most unpleasant effects on your health.

On the plus side, there are awesome plant-derived ingredients for repellents that are extremely effective against bugs and cause you no harm. Even better, you don’t necessarily have to spray or rub them on your body. Some repellent options can be sprayed on your yard, on your lawn, and around your outdoor living areas.

So, instead of the toxic brews out there, try a natural bug repellent that contains these six ingredients that bloodsuckers and creepy-crawlies absolutely hate.

Citronella Oil

In the US, citronella has been registered as an effective insect repellent since 1948. Its oil is distilled from two varieties of grass.

Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass oil is closely related to citronella and when you combine the two, the bug repelling power goes way up. A 2002 study found that lemongrass oil was comparable in effectiveness to commercial mosquito repellents.

Thyme Oil

Distilled from an herb in the mint family, Thymus vulgaris, this all-natural essential oil keeps pests like mosquitoes, fleas and beetles far away. 

Cedar Oil

Cedar oil is derived from the leaves and roots of various types of conifers and is even cleared by the FDA for use in food. Studies have showed that cedar oil is especially effective against ticks and ants.

Clove Oil

Extracted from the clove plant Syzygium aromaticum, clove oil has been used for centuries to repel ticks, fleas, bedbugs and other blood-sucking critters. Smells great, too!

Garlic Oil

Garlic has a long history as a bug repellent. And, no, it’s not because the little biters are afraid of having bad breath! Garlic’s natural compounds, like allicin, are loathed by mosquitos, so they’ve ‘learned’ over centuries to avoid it. 

Essential Oils, Not DEET

Mosquitos have been around for about 210 million years! For almost the entire time humans have been here, we’ve relied on plant-based repellents against these rascals. Why should we change now? Sure, DEET (the major active ingredient in most commercial bug repellents) is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but it’s been shown to cause skin rashes, soreness or blistering, and irritation of the eyes. Even more concerning is that DEET has been linked to much more damaging side-effects in children, adults, and indeed pregnant women. Furthermore, according to research at Duke University Medical Center, rats’ diffuse brain cells died and their behaviour changed after exposure to DEET.

Try Spraying Your Yard and Not You – Keep Bugs Farther Away

Nobody likes to smell like insect repellent. That’s another side-effect from using a DEET product. It’s not a hazardous effect, but it’s unpleasant and hangs around. Try a natural bug repellent that you can spray on your yard and lawn and compare the difference. Besides, wouldn’t it be better to keep the bugs and nasties at a greater distance, like off your property, than to use a repellent that keeps them hovering just out of arm’s reach?

This summer, keep the chemicals – and the bugs – away. Spray your yard with a natural bug repellent instead of putting insecticides on you. The season should be about enjoying the outside and being healthy, not smothering your skin with a substance that may be harmful.

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is critical in saving a life in an emergency. While the basics of CPR can be learnt from some websites, to be officially certified you need to attend licensed classes and be formally tested. Learning under expert supervision is the only way to ensure you can perform CPR correctly.

But not all CPR classes are the same. Some are for EMS professionals and doctors/nurses, others are for sporting and recreational organizations, while others still may be for general members of the public. So, which type of CPR certification is for you?

Types of CPR Certification

  • Standard CPR certification is a useful qualification to have for people working in high risk industries like construction, or for adults who supervise children or the elderly. Standard certification is appropriate for teachers, camp counselors, coaches, personal trainers or babysitters. It’s also usually adequate for daycare workers and general employees in nursing homes. You can receive this certification after attending classes provided by organizations like the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.
  • Advanced CPR certification is a requirement for employment in many sectors of healthcare. This category covers most professional healthcare workers, including physicians, surgeons, registered nurses, dental professionals, paramedic/EMS professionals, physiotherapists and firefighters.

Child and Infant CPR

Your CPR course and certification should cover children and infants. The CPR technique used on adults is not appropriate for children or infants. Full force chest compressions can cause serious injuries to young children and babies. Proper training will teach you to apply a gentler form of CPR to children under the age of eight in order to maintain blood circulation and/or re-establish a heartbeat – without the risk of further injury.

Extreme care must be taken when performing CPR on babies. Chest compressions should be very gentle and tiny breaths administered. If your course does not cover this, go to a better one.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training

Again, there are two types of certification for this CPR-related technique.

An AED is a portable item of equipment that analyzes irregularities in cardiac rhythm and uses electrical therapy to re-establish a regular heart beat. Many AEDs are designed for use by laypersons who have received adequate training in classes for first aid, basic life support, and/or CPR. You will often find AEDs in places where people congregate, like shopping malls, commercial centers, and office buildings.

More sophisticated manual and semi-automatic defibrillators are used by healthcare professionals who are trained to read electro-cardiograms. These AEDs are found in hospitals and healthcare centers, and also carried as standard equipment by paramedics.

Facilitators for CPR Certification

CPR certification by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC) is widely recognized.

The AHA offers separate CPR courses for the public and for healthcare providers. All of its classes include training in using an AED. The AHA now offers hybrid training courses where you can learn the theory of CPR online and then make an appointment with a registered facilitator for skills testing and certification.

The ARC separates its classes and certifications between Adult CPR and Child/Infant CPR. These classes do not usually include AED training. The Red Cross has a course dedicated to training healthcare providers and rescue personnel in CPR and AEDs.

Attempting CPR

CPR certification is not a pre-requisite for carrying out the procedure ‘in the street’. In an emergency, any effort at CPR is better than none.

Of course, certification will give you confidence and clearer thinking. You never know, it could even be the thing that tips the balance in your favor when applying for a job.

Whatever type of CPR certification you need or want, you will be trained in amazing techniques, right down to how to use a CPR mask barrier in addition to the traditional mouth-to-mouth. You will have the power to save lives. You may even find yourself wanting to carry good first aid items wherever you go, just in case. Why not? Be both trained and prepared.

Just be sure you get the right type of CPR certification for your needs.

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SWAT-T-TOURNIQUET

The SWAT-T tourniquet is a multi-purpose first aid dressing that was developed by a former medic with extensive field experience for use by SWAT teams. But it has proven itself outstanding for civilian use as well and is a must item to be included in any good trauma kit.

SWAT is an acronym for Stretch, Wrap and Tuck. That neatly describes how to apply this tourniquet. It is an outstanding tool that has undergone testing in extreme conditions to ensure it will not fail in a real blood loss emergency.

So Much More Than a Tourniquet

The SWAT-T is a versatile dressing and can be used as a:

  • Tourniquet. Apply it to slow and stop severe bleeding from extremities and prevent death. The SWAT-T has been thoroughly tested in numerous training exercises with no ill effects to healthy limbs. Evidence from the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan has shown that using tourniquets has reduced the incidence of complications and kept morbidity rates from severe trauma extremely low.
  • Pressure dressing. When bleeding is not life-threatening, the SWAT-T can be used as a pressure dressing to promote clotting. A sterile dressing should be placed on the wound before the SWAT-T is wrapped around the wound and sealed by tucking or taping the end. Be sure to check for a pulse in the extremity below the tourniquet to ensure it is receiving sufficient blood supply.
  • Elastic bandage. This is where the SWAT-T really shows its versatility. It can be used as an elastic bandage to:
  • stabilize a twisted or dislocated joint, like a knee, ankle or shoulder
  • provide a sling for a shoulder
  • hold ice over a strain
  • close and protect wounds
  • splint and immobilize
  • provide loose pressure to wounds on the chest or abdomen
  • contain abdominal contents in the case of evisceration.

Compared with other tourniquets, the SWAT-T can be applied higher in the groin or armpit to stop bleeding more effectively.

Easy to Use

The SWAT-T tourniquet enables a faster way to control excessive bleeding from an extremity. It can be applied within seconds with little training.

Simple instructions for use are printed on a card included in the package. On the tourniquet itself is a special system of markings. As you stretch and wrap the tourniquet, the markings will change to particular shapes to tell you it has been applied with the right pressure to stop blood loss.

Works When Wet

When bleeding is severe, it is natural that a tourniquet will get blood on it. No problem. That will not affect the SWAT-T’s performance in any way. After one wrap, it will grab strongly onto itself, even when wet or dirty.

The evidence is clear: the SWAT-T tourniquet is an easy-to-use and indispensable lifesaving device that should be a standard part of any first aid kit and trauma kit. When your kit also includes QuikClot sponges for controlling bleeding, you will be well equipped to handle any potential emergency.

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Magnets. We just take them for granted, right? It’s easy not to notice that they’ve been a crucial part of our lives since before we can remember. Well, here’s a news flash: magnets are not an invention. They were found. Then humans proceeded to learn a lot more about them.

The story behind the discovery of magnets is interesting and unique, even mysterious. Once you learn about their history, you may see them in a whole new light.

So, Who Discovered Them?

Depending on who you ask about the discovery of magnets, you may hear or read multiple stories. That’s because there are varying written records from ancient times. The magnets people discovered then (and continue to find today) are a naturally occurring mineral called magnetite. Back in the day, it was also called lodestone. It’s an iron ore with natural magnetic properties.

The Chinese are reported to have used primitive magnetic compasses as early as 200 BC. At first, such a compass was just a tiny piece of lodestone floating in some water. Marco Polo brought the concept back to Europe, enhancing navigation significantly. The Vikings were known to use a similar kind of compass (especially as large quantities of magnetite are found in Scandinavia).

But the purported ‘true’ discovery is credited to the Greeks over 4,000 years ago. A huge area of lodestone was found in the region called Magnesia. In the first century AD, a Roman called Pliny the Elder wrote a mythical story of a shepherd called Magnes who noticed the iron nails in his shoes sticking fast to a specific rocky patch of ground while he was tending sheep. There’s a clear connection between Magnesia and the word magnet, as there is between Magnes and magnet. Both the Greek and Latin languages adopted similar root words.

What the murky and mixed stories really mean is that this enormously important discovery was likely a chance event and wasn’t recognized as significant at the time. But magnets became vital in discovering so much about our world.

From Rock to Metal                       

We’re not talking the difference between Pink Floyd and Metallica. Since the discovery of magnets, there has been a great deal of testing and discovery. Magnetite is an iron ore that attracts heavy metal. In 1819, a Dane named Hans Christian Oersted was the first person to dabble in electricity and magnetism, demonstrating the significant correlation between the two. As he was demonstrating how an electric current could heat a wire it was passing through, the needle on a nearby magnetic compass pointed toward the current and then returned to normal after the current was turned off. By demonstrating how electricity affects lodestone – and thus how it can make a compass inaccurate - Oersted proved the existence of an invisible magnetic field in electricity (electromagnetism). Then in 1862, James Maxwell developed the basis of electromagnetic theory. A little over 30 years after that, J.J. Thomson discovered the electron in a process involving electric and magnetic fields.

Without Magnets Today…

Without these little miracles, we would not have things like electric motors, cell phones, compasses, television, audio speakers, microphones, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and the list goes on and on.

Practical

If you get yourself some small but powerful neodymium magnets, you can do a lot more things than simply stick stuff to your refrigerator. Attaching several together can create enough power to remove stuck batteries or to find wall studs (by locating nails/screws in them). Use them to repair a refrigerator door that won’t stay closed or to hold a car cover in place. You can even fix broken clasps, show fun experiments to kids, you name it. Like in the old days, you can take some magnets and go experimenting around your home to see how incredibly useful they can be.

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Wait. Aren’t all first aid kits essentially the same? No way!

When an emergency happens, you don’t want to grab your first aid kit only to realize it doesn’t have what you need. A serious cut needs to be treated with more than Band-Aids and gauze. A sprain or strain needs a chemical ice pack. What about cardiac arrest? Do you have a CPR mask?

Not every occasion requiring first aid is life threatening, but providing basic comfort to a victim requires having the right materials on hand.

Even simple problems have the potential to turn nasty. The quality of first aid you provide at the time can prevent a situation from worsening. And the quality of first aid depends on the type of first aid kit you have available.

First aid kits can range from very basic to EMT level. Buying the right one determines what you can and cannot do.

The Basic Home Kit

Unless you’re an EMT or medical professional, you likely have no need for anything more than a basic first aid kit for your home. You’re not expecting major emergencies at home, but you still need to provide relief quickly sometimes.

If you have a box that you cobbled together some years ago, and several of the supplies are ‘original, know that just ‘winging it’ like this is a recipe for being caught short.

It’s inexpensive to buy a first aid kit that’s good for up to 25 people. You’ll then be sure to have what you need for any home issue that may arise. You’ll have adequate adhesive bandages, wrap bandages, gauze, tape, antiseptic solutions, cleansing wipes, pads, scissors, cold pack, and more. If you buy an ANSI-compliant kit (American National Standards Institute), you’ll have something that’s good for workplaces as well and will likely contain even a trauma pad for stopping more serious bleeding.

You should have a few of these kits because they’re ideal for the bathroom, the kitchen, the garage, your bug out bag (emergency kit), the car, the RV, and more. Having extra kits will also ensure you never run out of important supplies at the wrong moment.

If you choose the right kit, it will include clear expiry dates on any items that can perish or go stale.

What If You Need More?

If you have an ANSI-compliant first aid kit for your personal or workplace use, it will cover most problems – at least until further medical attention is administered, if that’s required. What this kind of kit will not handle are more serious injuries (severe bleeding, fractures, etc) and cardiac arrest. So, don’t make the mistake of thinking a simple kit has you ready for anything.

You may need to supplement your supplies with a trauma kit.

Trauma Kit

A trauma kit for your own use should generally be quite simple, lightweight and portable. Some trauma kits you can buy are elaborate, stocked with masses of supplies (most of which the average person has no idea how to use), bulky, and cost up to $300 or more. They’re great, but they’re for personnel trained in more than basic first aid. Stick to your personal needs, skills and budget.

What you need is a small trauma kit with QuikClot clotting sponges that can stop heavy bleeding quickly, some tape, gloves, and a simple, easy-to-use CPR mask. Another kind of trauma kit can still be light and portable while including a SWAT-T tourniquet as used by military units to stop severe extremity blood loss.

If you were to buy a 25-person ANSI-approved first aid kit   and a portable trauma kit for your home or work, you would have pretty much everything you could need in an emergency until paramedics could arrive or you could transport a victim to an ER.

Don’t wait an emergency to arise to discover that your first aid kit is incomplete or out of date or just inadequate. Be like the Boy Scouts – PREPARED – and never be caught short!

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First aid emergencies happen every day and when they do, you want a first aid kit that’s up to the task. Make your search for a first aid kit easier by always purchasing the peace of mind certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). A first aid kit that’s ANSI compliant is marked as meeting the right standards.

Worker Safety – ANSI and OSHA Combined

An ANSI compliant kit also meets OSHA requirements. OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, part of the US Department of Labor, responsible for workplace safety and ensuring every work environment meets proper standards. That includes minimum standards for workplace first aid kits, called the OSHA/ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 qualifications. ANSI and OSHA together make a powerful combination of federal government and private non-profit expertise.

Workplace Safety

A 2015 report by OSHA showed the enormous costs and consequences of workplace injuries for everyone concerned. Ensure your workplace has ANSI compliant first aid kits and be fully prepared. They may not prevent injury, but they’re the best kits to have on hand when injury strikes.

Class

ANSI standards lay out two classes of first aid kits to make your choice easier: Class A and Class B. Each has a minimum requirement for supplies. The Class A first aid kit is a basic kit that’s more compact and good for many places, including most small workplaces, along with your home or car. It’s designed for standard things that can go wrong in a workplace. A Class B kit is larger and stocked with a wider range of supplies to cover more people and more complex issues. For home use, travel, and the like, a Class A kit will more than suffice. The Class B is great, although larger and less portable.

Great Bug-Out Bag Addition

A bug-out bag is an emergency kit that you should keep outside your home in the event of an emergency like an earthquake or anything that keeps you out of your home for a while. It should be stocked with supplies of food, water, emergency blankets, flashlights, batteries, tools, and… a first aid kit. Get an ANSI approved kit and you are well covered. It’s so much easier than trying to assemble first aid supplies yourself, especially as you have enough to think about when stocking your bug-out bag. Such a kit will also include expiry dates on any perishable items.

Value

Buying a first aid kit that complies with ANSI standards is always a worthwhile investment. There is no price you can put on safety. Spending money for peace of mind is money well spent. ANSI-compliant first aid kits will provide that peace of mind. Furthermore, you can supplement them with other useful items like a trauma kit for more severe bleeding and a CPR mask.

Whether it be for work, home, travel or sport, always make sure your first aid kit meets ANSI’s standards and be confident you have the best.

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zika-virus

Even if it isn’t currently making many news headlines, the Zika virus is still around. Some progress has been made in controlling its invasion of the US, but it is still a cause for concern. Cases and symptoms have been reported in every US state, although mosquito-borne Zika is most problematic in southern Florida and Puerto Rico. Several other states and communities are alert and watching cases and mosquito populations.

You need the latest on the Zika virus so you can be as prepared and protected as possible to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Zika Transmission

There are four ways in which Zika can be transmitted.

  • Mosquitoes. They are the main carriers.
  • In-utero. It’s still rare in the US, but there have been cases where Zika has been transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy, often resulting in birth defects.
  • Blood transmission. The virus can be transmitted through blood contamination – like via mosquitoes – but there is no evidence of casual contact transmission and there have been no confirmed cases of transmission through blood transfusion in the US. American blood programs screen all donations for Zika.
  • Sexual contact. Zika can be present in semen and vaginal fluids, even if a person displays no symptoms.

There is no evidence of the Zika virus being transmitted through breastfeeding, despite any unfounded rumors to the contrary.

Florida: The US Frontline

As the frontline in the fight against Zika’s spread, Florida offers the latest news about the Zika virus by issuing almost daily briefs. Fortunately, confirmed cases in southern Florida are few and far between, although every precaution must still be taken. Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America and South America are popular travel destinations for Americans and thus Florida and other major entry points monitor the situation closely.

In addition, Florida has taken to spraying pesticides over large swaths of territory in a bid to quell mosquito swarms.

Symptoms – You Don’t Need to Show Any to Be Carrying Zika

Many people infected with the Zika virus display no symptoms. As a result, they can aid its spread (as can happen with many other viruses, including influenza).

Symptoms usually include a mild febrile illness that causes high temperature, chills, sweats, shivering, and general weakness.

Zika is especially hazardous to pregnant women as it can be passed to their unborn children and result in congenital malformations.

Protection and Prevention

It’s best not to put all your faith in aerial spraying of insecticides to keep Zika-carrying mosquitoes away. The insects can carry other problems like West Nile virus

Many people react poorly to pesticides and also to repellents applied to the skin. There are other important protective steps you can take that can avoid the health hazards of DEET-based repellents:

  • Remove standing water (mosquito breeding ground) from your property, especially by improving drainage.
  • Wear natural fiber clothing that covers your arms and legs, especially at night.
  • Plant outdoor gardens of marigolds, citronella, lemon balm, basil, lavender and catnip.
  • Spray your lawn, garden and patio with an all-natural mosquito repelling formula that also keeps away other biting insects and is so non-toxic it doesn’t even need EPA approval. Look for safe ingredients like citronella, lemongrass oil, thyme oil, garlic oil and cedar oil.

Traveling Overseas

Before you go, check travel advisories about Zika. Sometimes it’s best not to travel at all - for your sake and for the sake of others on your return.

Above all, if you live in Florida or other areas of the deep south, stay up to date with the latest on the Zika virus and stay protected.

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It’s a daily routine: after a long day, you change into something comfy like pajamas, turn out the light, then crawl into bed. Why do you switch off the light? Is it because you need it off for sleep? Is it to save electricity?

Do we sleep in the darkness purely because we have been trained to or are there other reasons? Let’s examine why light may be a factor in you falling asleep and staying asleep.

The Natural Imperative

Long before we created our own electricity, humans would sleep when the sun fell and awaken when it rose. It seems to be ingrained into us to sleep at night. The same applies to much of the animal kingdom. Those that are nocturnal have developed specially through evolution.

Look how difficult people find sleeping when they work a night shift. And what do they do? They darken their bedrooms and invest in a sleep mask.

It would seem Mother Nature makes us crave darkness for our slumber.

Melatonin and You

melatonin-formulaIn our wonderful bodies, we have the pineal gland. By itself, we don’t pay much attention to it. Heck, many of us haven’t heard of it. But it produces a vital hormone called melatonin. No doubt you’ve seen melatonin pills in your local store’s vitamins and supplements aisle. People pop them when they have jet lag and can’t sleep in a new time zone. This naturally occurring chemical promotes safe and fulfilling sleep. Without it, we become grumpy, can’t sleep through the night, and just feel meh. During the day – in the light – the pineal gland is inactive. It ‘wakes up’ in the night. Production of this hormone is disturbed by light.

Sleep and Your Health

Sleep is important to physical and mental health. Poor sleep makes us feel foggy, tired, lethargic, grumpy, and more susceptible to illness. Our concentration is diminished, as is our strength and stamina. Sleeping better in darkness promotes the creation of melatonin which, in turn, helps our bodies to align and balance themselves out.

Important Tips

Simply turning off the lights is not all you need to do to ensure a good sleep. What happens during the day, in the crucial hours before bed, and in the bedroom all make a big difference.

  • Get exercise and fresh air during the day.
  • Get rid of fluorescent tubes in your home. They are awful for your eyes, your mood, and your sleep.
  • Blue light is your enemy. Turn off your mobile devices and TV at least an hour before bed time. The blue light emitted by those screens is proven to be disruptive to sleep. Unfortunately, compact fluorescent bulbs emit a fair amount of blue light.
  • Yellow and red light is better during your awake evening hours. Candlelight and campfires don’t cause sleep problems. They’re far more soothing.
  • Invest in lighting that emits more yellow or red. Incandescent and halogen bulbs are better in this area. Dimmable is even better.
  • Get good drapes or blinds that block out light.
  • No night lights in the room.
  • Buy a sleep mask.

A Sleep Mask Could Be Your Savior

If you simply can’t darken your bedroom completely, a soft, breathable sleep mask could take care of that and provide the sleep you can only (day)dream about. You’ll finally have the darkness you crave – and need.

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motorcycle-safety-hornMotorcycles are fun to ride. On the other hand, having someone in your life who rides can be a nerve wracking experience. There are many dangers on the road that motorcyclists have to deal with. However responsible a rider your loved one may be, there’s still almost no protection from other road users. Motorcyclists are cut off by car drivers every day. Just check out some motovlogs on YouTube to see for yourself. Well, maybe not. You don’t need any extra worry.

But you can give your beloved motorcycle nut a big help, while also solving the problem of what kind of gift to get for a motorhead. A loud air horn on a motorcycle is one of the best ways to help protect a rider. Especially one that sounds like a wild banshee.

Safety Factor

motorcycle-hornBecause car drivers are not well conditioned to look for motorcycles, especially in their blind spots, it’s important for a rider to be heard at crucial moments. When a car crosses lanes toward a rider, a blast on an air horn designed for motorcycle use can send a clear message for the car driver to change course. The regular horn installed on a bike is often not adequate. The right air horn gives a sound that reaches 123 decibels. That’s about the same as 50 feet away from a jet fighter taking off from an aircraft carrier and louder than a chainsaw or a thunderclap.

Buying an air horn for a motorcycle enthusiast is an investment in their safety.

Fashionable, Unobtrusive

We’re not talking about an air horn you’d find on an 18-wheel truck or at a football game. Those things are too big for a bike. We mean one that can fit in the palm of your hand.

Don’t let your motorcyclist take no for an answer. Sometimes bikers can be picky about adding stuff to their rides, but the right small air horn can fit in perfectly with a bike’s look.

Be sure the horn can operate using the bike’s regular horn button and kick in quickly when that button is held down.

Visual Warning

That air horn for your motorcycle enthusiast should include the capability to wire into the bike’s headlight high beam and flash it when the button is pressed. Every bit of safety helps.

The Installation Process

Most motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy working on their own bikes. Giving the person you love a new air horn will provide the chance to do this fun activity. (Otherwise, a service center can quickly and easily install it.) Be certain it comes with everything needed for installation. Wiring an air horn is fairly simple. In less than an hour, your loved one could be out on the road feeling safer and more conspicuous than ever.

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