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Tips to Improve Your Sleep from the Real Sleep Experts

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Beauty & Health | 0 comments

When you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep, you can start feeling rundown, anxious, and depressed. Is this going to go on forever? Are you ever going to feel rested again? Your situation can start feeling hopeless, particularly if you’ve tried everything you can think of to fix the problem.

The good news is that everyone has sleep difficulties from time to time, and there are plenty of ways to improve your situation. Take a look at some of the suggestions from the experts at Silent Night Therapy to find a few ways to start getting those extra z’s starting tonight.

Get out of bed when you can’t sleep

Laying in bed and being unable to fall asleep is incredibly frustrating. That frustration ends up working against you, raising your stress levels and making you anxious. So, if you’ve been in bed for more than 20 minutes and sleep isn’t coming, get up and do something that makes you calm or bores you. Read a stress-free book or take care of some of your family accounting until you start feeling more tired.

Try journaling

We often struggle to sleep because we just have too much on our minds. As soon as we close our eyes, we start thinking about all those responsibilities, and that makes us anxious, which makes us wake back up. Try to relieve this stress by journaling about your worries and concerns. Journal at least two hours before your bedtime, so that you get the ideas out early and go to bed with a clear, tired mind.

Avoid the naps

When you aren’t getting enough sleep, you can try to catch up by taking naps. This can actually work against you, though, making it harder to fall asleep when you are supposed to. What should you do instead of napping when you’re so tired? Try the next point.

Exercise

Exercise can help perk you up for the rest of your day. It can also reduce your stress level. And, once it’s time for bed, you are far more likely to ready to hit the hay right away.

Get your own sheets

Many of us sleep with a partner in bed. This can be a great comfort. The problem is, though, that they may not sleep the same way we do. They may want more covers or less at different times during the night. You may end up fighting over the blanket, or else waking each other up by moving around. To avoid all this, just get a second set of sheets so that each person can arrange the blankets in a way to remain comfortable without disturbing the other person.

Picture words and play with them

Famously, people try to count sheep to get tired. Experts have a better mental exercise, though. They tell you to picture a word that you find calming and focus on that. Otherwise, you can choose a letter and slowly picture words that start with that letter in your mind.

This is really just the beginning. Silent Night Therapy has even more ideas, so I recommend checking out their article, linked to above.

Overall, the important thing to remember is that you aren’t the only one struggling with sleep. It happens to all of us. And there are ways to defeat these sleep cycle difficulties.

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We need a new bus driver

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

I want to sue a school bus, but I don’t know how to go about it. My daughter rides the bus every day to school, we live outside Detroit, it’s a nice area, the streets are safe, people are mostly polite drivers, and yet this driver seems to just not be with it. I constantly see her stopping suddenly or speeding up too much in our neighborhood. I’ve had conversations with her about it, and while she always acts respectful, she doesn’t ever change.

Well, now my daughter has a sore neck, and about 99 to 1, it’s this woman’s fault. She stopped particularly suddenly on the way back from school yesterday when she was of course already going too fast and one of our neighbors, a nice old lady who doesn’t pay that much attention to what’s going on around her, walked into the street to check her mail. Thankfully, she wasn’t hurt, and there was no accident, but my daughter’s neck has been aching since last night, and I think it’s time someone scared the school district into firing this driver.

My daughter has had a headache and been unable to sleep. I had to take the day off work and take her to her doctor, who said that yes, it probably was due to the strain of stopping quickly, that the symptoms matched.

I don’t know how much you have to be suing for in order to get the case heard. I’m looking around at lawyers—these guys claim to deal with bus accidents, so that’s a start—and I hope when I find one, I can get a decent answer on what I should do to get this process started. Can I sue for $1? Or can I sue because I missed out on work? I could make a case that cost me quite a bit since I own my own businesses and today could have been productive if I’d been able to go in.

I don’t really care about the money, as you can see, but I do want this driver gone. I personally don’t have any problem with her. I hope she goes on to be very successful somewhere, doing whatever she wants, I just don’t want her driving my streets and driving my kids.

Oh, I called the school about this, and they gave me the typical run around about how they understood my concern and they would look into it. Basically, they just pushed the situation off, and they’ll probably never do anything unless of course, someone is threatening a lawsuit.

I plan to make a big stink about this. I’m not only writing this post, but I’m also going to draft a letter for the local paper and the neighborhood newsletter.

It’s times like this I wish I’d become a lawyer. Then I could take care of all this on my own.

This is just so frustrating.

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Eliminating Airborne Contaminants to Ensure and Maintain Good Air Quality in the Workplace is a Major Responsibility of Manufacturers and Plant Owners

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Clean Air Solutions | 0 comments

Records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that more than 4,500 workers lose their lives on the job every year. OSHA’s mission is to prevent workplace deaths, injuries and illnesses by ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women.

OSHA workplace regulations include, among others, ensuring and maintaining good air quality in the workplace since good air quality is a major contributory factor to worker health and safety. With this, OSHA sees to it that employers, especially manufacturers, are well aware of how important maintaining good air quality in the workplace is. Aside from OSHA regulations, air quality guidelines are also implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). The EPA is a U.S. government agency which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment, while the ACGIH is a 501(c)(3) charitable scientific organization that advances occupational and environmental health.

Recent scientific studies show different kinds of dangers that threaten worker health and safety, especially in manufacturing plants. There are weld fumes, heavy metals, oil mists, silica dust, asbestos fibers and combustible dust, all of which render assuring and maintaining good air quality in these workplaces a really tough challenge.

Despite the difficulty, manufacturers know that eliminating airborne contaminants in order to comply with air quality regulations is their major responsibility. Thus, while a number of them resort to reviewing their engineering processes to see if may be able to remove the obvious sources of contaminants, others have started to implement a dust or weld capture solution.  There are also manufacturers and plant owners who have moved to using the clean air technologies of RoboVent for the collection and filtering of airborne contaminants common in a wide variety of metalworking processes as well as other process systems, particularly those involving wood, paper, chemical, pharmaceutical and food production.

 

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Intellectual Property Disputes

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Intellectual Property | 0 comments

Intellectual Property Disputes

Intellectual property refers to a creation of the mind that has been determined by law to be the legal property of its creator. It may come in many forms and it can be utilized by different kinds of individuals. Some examples include the novels of authors, the designs of an architect, and even the logo of a company or brand.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, disputes regarding intellectual property do happen, and they often involve copyright and trademark cases and trade secret litigation.

Copyright and Trademark

Copyright is a legal concept wherein an individual will gain right to its original works. Usually, this right is only for a limited time, like about 70 years after the individual’s death. Many copyright issues include literary works, such as novels, films, photographs, and other published materials, but it is not unheard of to have copyright issues on unpublished materials.

A trademark is a sign, design, expression, or anything that makes individuals, companies, products, and services, to be recognizable and distinguished from others. Many trademark issues include logos and slogans of products, but it is not unheard of to have issues on non-conventional concepts, such as colors, smells, and sounds.

Trade Secret Litigation

A trade secret refers to important information that makes an individual or organization competitive and recognizable in its field. It is also a branch of intellectual property, so these secrets are just as protected as copyrights and trademarks. The most common trade secret issues occur when a high-ranking official in an organization has acquired and has made public customer information, secret recipes, manufacturing processes, and other factors that make the organization stay competitive.

Why These Properties Should Be Defended

Copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets are there to protect different forms of intellectual properties, but why do these properties need protecting anyway? It is because our world progresses through competition, and the best way to compete is to create something that is legally innovative and unique. Intellectual property rights exist for both protection and encouragement of healthy competition.

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Cellular Phone Use and Texting While Driving Laws in the U.S.

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council (NSC) say that 2015 is most likely the deadliest driving year for Americans since 2008 due to the rise in motor vehicle deaths. About 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, while 4.4 million were seriously injured (road fatality in 2014 was 32,675).

The dramatic increase in the number of cars on the road, one of the effects of gas prices going down, is one of the key factors for the rise in road fatalities, according to the NSC. And, with more cars on the road, were also more incidences of alcohol-impaired driving, speeding, people failing to buckle up, and many more instances of distracted driving.

Distracted driving, specifically, refers to any form of activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. This bad road behavior takes many forms, including, but definitely not limited to, eating and/or drinking, cell phone use and texting while driving, smoking, and adjusting the radio. Since the introduction of cell phones, however, and now, the expansion of smartphone functions and wider use of social media platforms, driving distractions have donned a new front and it makes threats to road safety appear fun and exciting. Many drivers today, especially teens and young adult drivers, not only read, send and/or reply to texts while driving, but also send emails, snap selfies, conduct video chats, shoot videos, and use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat; some even watch YouTube videos while driving, practically believing that they can drive and do anything else safely.

Despite differences of states laws on cell phone use, one thing is the same anywhere: there are no current laws, in any state, that ban all cell phone use for all drivers. Below is the cellular phone use and texting while driving laws in the U.S. (from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) (http://www.ncsl.org/research/transportation/cellular-phone-use-and-texting-while-driving-laws.aspx):

Hand-held Cell Phone Use Ban: 14 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

All Cell Phone ban: No state bans all cell phone use for all drivers, but 37 states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice or teen drivers, and 20 states and D.C. prohibit any cell phone use for school bus drivers.

Text Messaging ban: 46 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers.

Despite the bans on texting and cellphone use while driving, so many drivers refuse to be dissuaded from texting and using their cell phone while behind the wheel. The state of New Jersey, in particular, where distracted driving has been the top cause of fatal crashes for five straight years (2010 – 2014), saw the need to raise fines for talking or texting on hand-held wireless communication devices to discourage and stop anyone from further violating the ban on cell phone use.

Well, let’s face it. Many driver may see the figures above as nothing more than just statistical data provided by lawyers. However, for those who have actually been hurt in a car accident and know fully well how their injuries have altered the way they live, making a statistical impression would be a thing they would rather have erased if only time could be turned back. If you are driving, just drive, therefore, before you get involved in something you’ll be sorry for, for a very long time.

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