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Why Spontaneous Decision Making is the Best Travel Philosophy

Since my job at 3B Medical Inc. allows me to travel, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit several countries that have been on my list — Canada, Greece, Germany, and Italy are just a few. Although every country is different, one aspect remains the same: my travel philosophy. I’m a firm believer in traveling spontaneously because it provides a richer travel experience. Not only will you discover new places, but you’ll be doing so with no pressure, you’ll discover things other tourists will not, and the experience will push you out of your comfort zone.

It gets you out of your comfort zone.

With smartphones serving as a GPS everywhere we go, we’re always comforted by the fact that if we do get lost, we have a trusty smartphone to guide us back on track. Not only that, but GPS’s make it handy for us to know what restaurants, parks, bars and stores are surrounding us. Although it’s great to be in-the-know about your surroundings, it can inhibit you from finding places that aren’t on the map. Put the phone away and let yourself wander the area. You can also ask a local for help, which is something most people don’t do today since they have computers in their pockets. Although you will be put out of your comfort zone, you’ll be able to discover new places straight from a local.

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Products to Help Your Sleep Apnea

Do you suffer from sleep apnea? If you have a prescription from your doctor for a device to treat your sleep apnea, you may want to consider a few of these products from 3B Medical, Inc. The company produces high quality technology that has the ability to drastically help consumers get higher quality sleep. If you’re looking for a solution to your sleep troubles, read about the iCodeConnect™, the Luna, and the Cirrus 5 on Alex Lucio’s website here.

How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

This blog originally appeared on Alex Lucio’s blog here

If you’re reading this, chances are you Googles “How do I know if I have sleep apnea?” As the Executive Vice President of a manufacturer and distributor of medical devices for the treatment of sleep disordered breathing, I can tell you everything you need to know about sleep apnea and what its symptoms are.

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that restricts your air passageways when you’re sleeping. Since your oxygen supply is restricted, sleepers are woken up several times throughout the night to breathe. Do you think you are one of the 22 million American adults with sleep apnea? Although this is a surprisingly large number, only 20 percent of sleep apnea cases are diagnosed!

Unfortunately the only way to diagnose sleep apnea is to take a sleep test, but this list of symptoms can clue you in to see if a doctor’s visit is in order.

Your Spouse Moved to a Different Room

This is probably a key indicator that can clue you in if you have sleep apnea — especially if your spouse usually sleeps in the same bed as you. Although you are sound asleep throughout the night, the snoring and gasping your partner hears can keep them up at night! And what’s their only solution? Moving elsewhere to get a good night’s sleep. If you notice this happens frequently, talk to your spouse. Surprisingly, most sufferers of sleep apnea aren’t diagnosed until their spouse says something about it!

You Havea Headache

If you have sleep apnea, you frequently stop breathing throughout the night — which means your brain gets less oxygen. As a defense mechanism, your blood vessels expand to allow more oxygen to pass through. However, this comes at a cost since this can leave you with headaches. Take special notice if the pain occurs on both sides of your head, because this is where sleep apnea sufferers get their headaches the most.

You Have Dry Mouth

Sufferers of sleep apnea often struggle with breathing through their nose at night. The next best option? Unconsciously opening their mouth to breathe. This can leave you with unpleasant dry mouth and even a sore throat in the morning!

You Feel Like You Didn’t Sleep at All

Although you got your recommended eight hours of sleep every night, you still feel like you didn’t sleep at all. Why? Sleep is constantly interrupted throughout the night because breathing temporarily stops — kind of like choking — and your body wakes up to let you know that you’re choking. Throughout the night you’re losing quality sleep, which will leave you feeling exhausted when you wake up. This is especially dangerous for drivers, since driving while tired is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol.