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How Much Sleep Do You Need?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Much Sleep Do You Need?

If you are among the people who feel that getting a full night’s sleep is a luxury, you need to reconsider. Getting eight hours of sleep, or more in some instances, is a necessity for maintaining your health. Missing just one night’s sleep affects your mental function the same way being legally drunk does. Sometimes sleeping just six hours instead of eight has the same effect. If you want to improve your life, start getting a good night’s sleep. Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation If you are not getting enough sleep, you will suffer a number of unpleasant symptoms. You may experience some or all of the following: Moodiness Trouble with problem-solving Inability to fight off colds and infections Memory problems Weight gain In addition to the above, researchers believe that sleep deprivation may speed aging. When you enter the first stage of deep sleep, your body releases growth hormone that is responsible for repairing cell damage. If you do not allow your body to go through all the stages of sleep, your body does not have a chance to repair itself, possibly leading to Type 2 Diabetes, memory decline, hypertension, and other ills.  How to Sleep Well You can take some simple steps to get the sleep you need. First, use your bed only for sleeping and sex. Do not watch television in the bedroom and do not have serious discussions before you sleep.  Avoid fluids after 8 pm so you do not have to make nighttime bathroom trips. Keep the bedroom dark and comfortably cool. Also, do not smoke before bed. Nicotine is a stimulant that will keep you awake. In addition, make certain you have an excellent mattress. Choosing a Mattress An old, saggy mattress will definitely affect the quality of your sleep. If your mattress is over seven years old, you need to consider purchasing a new one. Of course, if your mattress is still comfortable, you can certainly hang on to it. If you need to replace it, consider getting one that conforms to your body, giving you excellent back support. You may choose a foam mattress, including a latex model (such as Nature’s Embrace Latex Matresses). Owners of this type of mattress report pain reduction and reduced motion transfer.   If you do not get the proper amount of sleep, you are not only impeding your ability to function well, you are risking greater health problems in the future. The next time you are tempted to scrimp on sleep so that you can get more done, turn off your computer and get ready for bed. Your rest is more...

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How To Get Your Kitchen’s Dirt Magnets Clean

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The kitchen counters and the front of the fridge are easy to keep clean with a daily wipe-down, but how about some of the other areas in your kitchen? For a room that should be kept as clean as possible (so as to discourage bacteria from jumping onto food), it’s sometimes hard to picture the sheer amount of dirt, dust, and bacteria that could be lurking in your kitchen. If you’re curious about what areas in your kitchen are the dirtiest (and how to clean them), then here’s what you need to know. Area #1: The Cabinets Because the cabinets and cupboards in your kitchen are full of dishes and small appliances, it can be hard to remember that the insides of these bacteria breeders need to be cleaned nearly as often as the things they hold within them.  Mix a gallon of hot water with a half cup of oil cleaner and use that to scrub down the insides of your cabinets (making sure to wear heat-resistant gloves). You’ll need a sponge with a scrubber side and a toothbrush to get both the big and little parts of the cabinets. After they’re clean, make sure to dry them thoroughly — wood hates water — and restock your dishes. Area #2: The Dishwasher If your dishwasher is made of stainless steel, move on to the next paragraph. If it’s made of anything else, you’ll probably want to use the bleach method for cleaning your dishwasher. Simply measure out one cup of liquid bleach and put it in a regular, dishwasher-safe serving cup. Place that cup into your (empty!) dishwasher, then close the dishwasher and turn it on, making sure to use the hottest possible setting. If, however, you do have a stainless steel dishwasher, you’ll have to try another method — like the vinegar and baking soda method. Before you start, take out your dishwasher’s filter and soak it in a mixture of soap and hot water for about 10 minutes. After that, replace the filter and pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda into the bottom of your dishwasher — about a cup and a half-cup, respectively. As before, turn your dishwasher onto its heaviest cycle and let it run. Area #3: The Backsplash Sure, you may wipe this area down once in a while when cleaning the countertops, but it’s actually more important to keep the backsplash clean than you might think. When you’re cutting food on the counter (especially meat), little bits of moisture can flick off your knife and land on the backsplash, invisible but potentially harmful. Luckily, the backsplash is easy to clean. Every time you clean the counters, take an extra 20 seconds to spray down the backsplash with heavy duty cleaner, then wipe after waiting about 10 seconds. If you’re looking for new cabinets to install in your kitchen, visit Interior Design Emeralds...

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Electric Clothes Dryer with No Heat? How to Find and Fix the Problem

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is your electric clothes dryer giving you problems? Does it seem to work but doesn’t produce any heat? If this is a problem you are having, there is a good chance that the dryer is not getting an adequate amount of power or has a failing heating element. Below, you will learn how to test and diagnose the heating issue to make the necessary repairs. Test for Electrical Supply Problems Unplug the dryer and use a voltmeter to test the wall outlet. If the voltmeter is reading less than 240 volts, then you have an electrical problem within the home. You will have to contact an electrician to have the necessary repairs made. Don’t attempt to use the dryer until an electrician has inspected the problem. If the home electrical connection is not the problem, examine the dryer’s pigtail plug. Look for any signs of damage on the cord and corrosion on the connections. If you find any damage, take the cord and go to your local appliance store to purchase a replacement. Connect the new cord and test the dryer. Test the Dryer’s Heating Element If you are unfamiliar with the internal components of your dryer, you will need the owner’s manual to proceed. If you do not have a paper copy of the manual, you can go online and find an online version by entering the make and model number of the dryer. Once you learn where the heating element in your dryer is positioned, remove the access panel to expose the element. Test the element using a multimeter. Touch both ends of the element with the probes of the multimeter. If the display reads “infinity,” the element is bad and must be replaced. Tip: Take a few seconds to take a few pictures of the element before removing it and as you work to remove it. You can use these pictures as a reference when you go to install the new element. If you do not connect it exactly as it needs to be, you could cause damage to both the element and your dryer. Replacing the element is generally an easy job. Disconnect the element and remove the screws holding it in place. Look on the side of the element for a stamped part number. Use this number to contact your local appliance store to find a replacement. Install the new element and replace the access panel. Run the dryer on high-heat while empty for several minutes. This will help any residue that is on the new element to burn off without damaging clothing inside the dryer. This repair process is easy enough, but if you do not feel comfortable completing it, contact your local dryer repair...

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