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Did you know bed partner disturbance is the UK’s second most common cause of disturbed sleep.
Thankfully, ear plugs can help reduce noise at night!
Our brains still register sounds even when we are sleeping. Especially in the lighter phase of sleep which is a good thing when you have a crying baby and need to wake up; not good though if you have a snoring husband or wife.
As we get older our reported sleep quality declines with only 21% of 45-54 year olds reporting they sleep very well. (ref)
The good news is there are various solutions & remedies to help improve how well we sleep at night.
I’m going to share with you three recommended ear plug brands, I came across, if you are in the market looking for a earplugs for sleeping.
|Brand||Made From||Noise Reduction Rating||Reusable||Price|
|Mack's Ultra Earplugs||Foam||32 dB||Yes||Click Here|
|Hush Plugz Silicone Earplugs||Silicone||Not Listed||Yes||Click Here|
|Quies Boules Natural Wax Earplugs||Natural Wax||27 dB||Yes||Click Here|
The Mack’s Ultra Earplugs are a good choice to help you sleep in silence.
McKeon Products, the company that owns Mack’s Earplugs, is based in Michigan and has been around since 1962. In addition to many varieties of earplugs, they also carry other sleeping products, including masks, nasal dilators, and earmuffs. Mack’s is the official ear care provider for USA Swimming. The company has been I.S.O. certified since 1997. (ref)
These earplugs come in a variety of amounts to buy, are reusable, and not expensive so you definitely get a lot for your money.
Foam is easy to insert into your outer ear canal and expands to fill it in. These are what you expect a typical ear plug to be like and help in noise reduction.
If you are looking to block out sounds at night from a partner’s snoring or heavy breathing, passing cars, motorbikes or lorries then these are a good option to go with.
Based on reviews from others, these earplugs might fall out of the ear at night. I find foam can also become uncomfortable after wearing for long periods of time, especially if you normally suffer itchy ears. So they may not be the most suitable product for nighttime use for some people.
Lets compare some of the other features:
The Hush Plugz Silicone Earplugs are a good alternative to using foam or cotton wool for muffling noises at night.
Hush Plugz were created by Robinson Healthcare, which has been producing medical products since 1839, when the Crimean War sparked a high demand for wound care. Robinson Healthcare does not specialize in earplugs, but manufactures a wide variety of medical supplies and instruments. They have six varieties of earplugs for a variety of uses. The company has been I.S.O. certified since 2003. (ref)
These earplugs may be particularly beneficial for people who are prone to ear infections, as they create a seal in the ear, preventing bacteria from entering. They also come with a pen that contains a unique active agent that is moulded into the pen, & is said to be able to kill 99.9% of all harmful bacteria & viruses.
Based on reviews from others, these earplugs may be too big for small ear sizes. Their slightly sticky material may also cause long hair for women to get stuck to them at night.
Lets compare some of the other features:
The Quies Boules Natural Wax Earplugs are recommended for people looking for a natural material option.
Quies (Latin for “quiet”) has been around for almost a century—since 1921. Up until the 1960s, Quies earplugs were made by hand. They offer a wide variety of earplugs for different purposes. Other sleeping products offered by Quies include eye masks, and anti-snoring spray, nasal strips, and lozenges. The company has been I.S.O. certified since 2011. (ref)
Due to their natural wax material, they are reported to be very comfortable for most shapes of ears. They warm upon contact with the skin and become moldable to the shape of your ear canal.
Based on reviews from others, these earplugs might not appear easy to put into your ears. Some have struggled understanding how to use the wax or hadn’t know to take off the cotton wool around them before inserting them.
Lets compare some of the other features:
I know you were looking for what are the best options, but here is some more detail as to why we need earplugs to help us sleep at night.
Earplugs are small inserts that seal the ear canal from excessive sounds. They are mainly designed to reduce noise perception to either minimize damage to the eardrum or improve concentration and relaxation.
They can also be used to prevent water from entering the ear canal, thereby reducing infection during swimming or other water-based activities.
Different types of earplugs available to buy vary by noise reduction rating (NRR), performance, comfort, and durability.
Here is a list of some common noises measured decibels (dB):
|Painful Noise||Extremely Loud Noise||Very Loud Noise||Moderate Noise||Faint Noise|
|150 dB - Rock Concerts at Peak||110 dB - Machinery, Model Airplanes||80 dB - Alarm Clock, Busy Street||50 dB - Moderate Rainfall||30 dB - Whisper, Quiet Library|
|140 dB - Firearms, Air-Raid Siren, Jet Engine||100 dB - Snowmobile, Chain saw, Pneumatic Drill||70 dB - Vacuum Cleaner||40 dB - Quiet room|
|130 dB - Jackhammer||90 dB - Lawnmower, Shop Tools, Truck Traffic, Subway||60 dB - Conversation, Dishwasher|
|120 dB - Jet Plane Take-off, Amplified Music at 4-6 ft., Car Stereo, Band Practice|
Here is a list of sounds levels in decibels that are known to affect sleep quality and health:
Loud noises can interrupt sleep, and experiencing interrupted sleep on a regular or long-term basis can have detrimental consequences when it comes to your health. Among other things, sleep deprivation has been linked to cardiovascular disease. (ref)
Earplugs can be a helpful remedy for people in difficult sleeping situations, such as:
Noise during the night can have both positive and negative influences on sleep quality. Gentle, constant background noise, such as from gentle rain, can block out disruptive sounds such as traffic noise or loud neighbors. But intermittent, grating sounds, such as a thunderstorm or a partner snoring, can interrupt sleep and contribute to lower sleep quality.
Here are some benefits to blocking out noise while sleeping:
You may have some reservations about the side-effects of sleeping with earplugs. There are some small risks associated with wearing earplugs at night. These include ear infections, muffled hearing, and impacted ear wax. (ref)
However, there are ways to reduce these risks:
If you choose to use reusable ear plugs, it is important to keep them clean. Although you should not reuse disposable earplugs, if you do, these also need to be kept clean.
Follow these steps to keep your earplugs clean.
Did you know that you can legally read scientific journal articles for free even if they are behind a paywall?
Well you can now.
This is my review of unpaywall.org, a non-profit organisation that has made my fact checking life a whole lot easier.
It appears that there is a growing movement to create open access for anyone in the world to read journal articles.
This is one of those disruptive industries taking something that is currently, very expensive and finding a way to make it accessible to millions.
Major academic journal publishers make a big profit from universities, colleges, libraries and individuals who take out subscriptions to journals that they publish.
Then the publishers also offer you a pay per article vs a subscription route, which is very pricey. In my video below you’ll see the pay as you go prices range from $15- $36+ USD per article!
So you can see why a publisher might not want the research article pdf available for free to download. They are there to make a profit at the end of the day, which is fine.
I didn’t know that there are five major publishers in the world who control the scientific research being shared.
However, their concerns of loss of income from this this new type of disruptive internet service might not be an issue. According to Prof. Martin Eve this free tool might not affect subscription rates.
I guess many might argue against this search tool that lets you easily find these free access pdf’s.
❤️ I personally love the idea!
Who wouldn’t want an efficient legal way to find free information? That is the power of the internet!
— ChiroCentre.co.uk (@chirocentre) April 9, 2017
Unpaywall.org is founded by the same two founders of impactstory.org:
It officially launched on 4 April 2017 and has had more than 10,000 downloads in just its first few weeks.
No. Unpaywall.org finds PDFs that were legally uploaded by the authors from different open-access repositories databases worldwide. These legal articles are then accessed on demand by oadoi.org using a free, fast, open API.
There is an illegal competitor out there called Sci-Hub. Apparently, they use a scraping method which means they can find PDFs online that weren’t shared with an authors permission. So this would be the pirate option for those looking.
Here are the steps that you need to do to install the unpaywall extension:
It really is that easy. No you are good to good to go hunting for free pdf’s which I’ll show you how in the next steps.
Now that you have installed on your browser you want to use it see if you finally read the full text article of a research article vs the Pubmed summary only.
That is all you need to do, which is so simple.
You might see this grey badge sometimes, which means no free pdf was found.
You can set the colour of the badge to show three different types of open access sourcing.
To be able to do this option follow these steps:
This is an option to hide content sourced from
Apparently this option can decrease sourcing coverage by about 20%.
To be able to do this option follow these steps:
You can also try these three other options
I hope you found this tutorial useful.
If you are a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist you’ll understand how cool this new technology is helping practitioners who no longer have access to a uni library. Students don’t always realise the benefit they get with access to so many journals via their educational institutions subscription.
Here is a list Chiropractic research journals unpaywall.org works on or are open access:
I’m sure this service is going to grow and I hope I can help it go viral so that more people get to read the full length articles to get better informed and so make better health decisions.
It is coming to that time of year for the annual Chiropractic promotional event from the United Chiropractic Association titled: Spinal Awareness Week 2015 | Move Better – Live Better
Spinal Awareness Week is a national initiative from the United Chiropractic Association and will be held every May. The theme for this year’s Spinal Awareness Week 11th – 15th May is:
‘Move Better-Live Better’
Through Spinal Awareness Week we plan to educate and encourage people to introduce changes to their lifestyle that will allow them to Move Better and ultimately Live Better. Chiropractors acknowledge that the elderly population in the UK is increasing and through Chiropractic care and advice can not only improve the independence and quality of life of the elderly but also reduce the financial burden on an already stretched NHS. Chiropractors have much to offer this rapidly expanding demographic group, not the least of which is maintenance of spinal flexibility, improving posture and balance.
One of the leading causes of death in the elderly is falling, nearly one in three elderly adults falls every year with approximately 35% being hospitalised as a direct result of their fall. These tragedies could be prevented through proper postural corrections that have shown to improve balance.
During Spinal Awareness Week, UCA chiropractors will be offering health promotion and wellness advice for older adults seeking to maintain and improve mental and physical fitness. As you age, positive attitudes about lifestyle changes can vastly improve your quality of life. UCA Chiropractors will be giving screenings and health talks as well as offering advice on improving mobility, flexibility and fall prevention.
Our objective is to ‘Make Health Last’ and through chiropractic adjustments, exercise and diet advice, Chiropractors can have a huge effect on the health of not just our ageing population but everyone.
Source: Taken from http://www.united-chiropractic.org/spinal-awareness-week/ 23 March 2015
Click on the slideshow below to see pictures of the posters used to promote the event in Chiropractors’ clinics and marketing channels.
Click on the YouTube video below to see the beautifully created video highlighting staying strong as we age.
The following video helps illustrate, in a funny and slightly exaggerated way, how you could be ‘abusing’ your natural spinal curves everyday without realizing it.
Simple things can have a positive or negative action on your health. Look in the mirror at your posture today. Do you see how you need to move to change your health? Yes, poor posture creates health problems.
The speaker in this video is US based chiropractor, C.J Mertz. The message C.J is trying to get across is:
Think about your daily actions and how this could be affecting your health.
His spine example had an increased neck and middle back curve, flat lower back curve, was mentally stressed and not exercising. Sound like someone you know? This is what Jack Lalanne health motivation message to the world was in the 1950’s already.
He mentioned subluxations at the end of the video. This a term many American chiropractors use to explain a movement problem between two vertebrae basically. You may have heard your UK chiropractor mention fixations or a spinal segmental unit dysfunction.
What your chiropractor is trying to explain is that your body is not moving properly. This is then having a knock on effect either on the bone, muscle or nerves.
So while you’re sitting reading this article take note if you are slumping, have a pain between your shoulder blades, have rounded shoulders, a flat lower back arch, or how far is your head out in front of your spine? These are all signs of bad posture.
You do not want these bad postures to become a daily routine. If you do then you are allowing your body to be, as Jeffrey Spencer Lance Armstrong’s chiropractor would say, not in an “energy efficient, strain free motion“.
There is a new health documentary launched recently in 2012 called Doctored. I first heard of the making of this pro-Chiropractic film I think at the end of last year or definitely the beginning of this year. What is really cool is that there is a limited time you can watch the entire movie free online.
At mercola.com they teamed up with the movie producers to let anyone see the full length documentary for free in the link I’ll provide below. You’d better hurry as apparently it will close on 17 November 2012. It is an inspiring health documentary on the benefits of natural healing without excess drugs or surgery. The film also mentions some of the history of Chiropractic with the famous Wilk et.al vs American Medical Association court case from 1976 to 1987. Probably many patients don’t know that the American Medical Association at the time had a committee whose task it was to eliminate the Chiropractic profession. Continue reading
It is that time of year again for the Wall Street Journal article on the top jobs for 2012 and guess what, being a chiropractor made the top 100 jobs again.
This year again being a doing Chiropractic as a career has improved in the position from number 56 in 2010, number 32 in 2011 to now number 19 in 2012. It looks like the average mid-level chiropractor salary is now $67,350.00, according to comcast research. You can find out how to a study to become a chiropractor in the UK or if you want to I have a list of where to study Chiropractic in America I have a list of some of the different US Chiropractic colleges on the top job for 2010 page. Continue reading
Want to know what is one of the most effective treatments to keep you healthy, to reduce your risk of chronic lifestyle diseases and takes up to 30 minutes per day to perform? I know you want to know what is this miracle cure for our bodies is. The best thing is this treatment is free and can be done anywhere in the world.
To see what I’m talking about today watch the video below from Dr Mike Evans to see what could change your life today forever. Continue reading
I came across this photo about health versus just dieting on the latest hit social website, Pinterest.
What I like about it is the major point that looking good to others or yourself should not just be a focus on your actual weight. The focus should be on a healthy weight.
This model for Nike here looks amazing! She doesn’t look gaunt, she doesn’t look weak, she doesn’t look like she could break a bone easily, her body tone is not excessive in any way or form.
It is a good advert for Nike saying use our stuff to get healthy and look like her.
Coming back to the main point though when we aim to achieve a balanced healthy lifestyle I think if we could have enough energy for our days, enough strength to play randomly and carry our bodies in a strong posture effortlessly we are getting there. This is also what Jack Lalanne said in his motivational videos.
I know this photo reminded me today to watch my food type choices and to want to be able to have a body I can move easily and do what I want to do on this earth.
Image Credit: Pinned by RC Ramo Cola
Have you ever had a Vitamin B injection in your bum cheek? Recently I came across a person who was wondering why they had such a pain in their left buttock. What made this case interesting was they didn’t link the intra-muscular (IM) injection to their current pain in the butt. He had the injection to help boost his energy for the start of the year.
If you want to know how your doctor, nurse, you or a loved one should give a gluteal intra-muscular injection then you can watch the video below. Continue reading
Rugby World Cup of 2011 in New Zealand started today and being in the rugby zone I thought I’d remind of you Brian Lima “The Chiropractor”. Brian was nicknamed the chiropractor for his hard tackles. It is said when Brian Lima rugby tackled your he hit you so hard it would click all your bones like going to a chiropractor. Don’t worry seeing a chiropractor for the first time wouldn’t be like getting rugby tackled from Brian Lima 🙂
This video clip is the famous Brian Lima tackle on South African springbok rugby player Derrick Hougaard in the South Africa vs Samoa game in the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
I’m looking forward to watching some good rugby at this years 2011 Rugby World Cup. Check out some more rugby skills tricks here.
You may not know this, but 10 Brits will be rowing 1 million metres non-stop to raise funds for charity this year. The Row for Life team of 2011 will be attempting to set a new British record by achieving this monstrous feat. This years rowing team is lead by Isle of Wight chiropractor, Martin Scotcher.
Martin is a specific McTimoney chiropractor and also a veteran of the last two row for life events in 2009 and 2010 which have always raised funds for the Africa Childrens Development Trust (Registered charity no:1125815). Continue reading
Chronic pain is a problem for many people unfortunately in the world. Chronic pain can be anywhere in the body and you may have heard, for example, or you might be experiencing a chronic neck pain or chronic low back pain.
So what exactly is meant by chronic pain and why does chronic pain occur in our lower backs or necks? I came across a great video today from US paediatric anaesthetist, Dr Elliot Krane, on what chronic pain is in simple terms and diagrams and why pain can become the disease and not just the symptom of a say a neck injury. Continue reading
I have just recently done a 11 hour long-haul airplane flight, which was so uncomfortable for my back. It got me thinking about an exercise and stretch routine to do on a plane flight. I usually get up and move about on the long-haul flights, but this time I had to sit in the middle row and did not have an aisle seat. This meant I didn’t get up as much to walk and stretch in the back of the plane.
So I went hunting on the internet to see if I could find any tips or videos to show me an exercise and stretch routine I could practice on my next airline trip, which happens to be in a weeks time. I think I have found some really cool stretch videos both for those in a cramped seat and those lucky enough to have lots of leg room up the front of the plane. I thought I’d also include my personal 10 tips to make a flight that little bit better. Continue reading
If your like me you probably always love those articles that look at the latest research into the health benefits of coffee or tea. Personally I’m more of a coffee drinker myself. You can see below a great information graphic on the eternal health question of “The Health Benefits of Coffee versus Tea“. Continue reading
I thought I’d asked this question how long people visiting the chiropractic health blog have had pain since pain relief articles on ChiroCentre seem to be popular reads. I was right because it was the most popular poll to date. At the end of March 2011 the majority of people had said their pain had only be around less than a week. There were people saying they had been in pain for years. Continue reading
It is that time again for Rugby World Cup 2011. I love rugby and came across some cool rugby tricks and skills videos. The world cup of rugby union will be held in New Zealand this time and the build up and taunting has begun.
The All Blacks have started by releasing a video with Sky Sports New Zealand to promote the All Blacks skill competition. In the spirit of rugby the Australian Brumbies team responded to the New Zealand All Blacks tricks video with one of their own. I’d love to see each team in the rugby world cup 2011 response to the rugby tricks videos. Let the games begin. Continue reading
Plantar fasciitis is a cause for pain in the foot. Plantar what you may say? Plantar fasciitis affects many patients who have been walking or running incorrectly for a while. They don’t know why their foot, ankle or heel is so sore and especially first thing in the morning. You might even think you have a trapped nerve in your foot or heel, but it is not.
Today I thought I would share some information I found on how to fix plantar fasciitis. There are may options available and I want to look at orthotics for your shoes, taping, soft tissue techniques and exercise stretches that you can do to help your painful feet. Oh and yes I know you probably thought fasciitis was spelt with one “i”, but there are supposed to be to “i’s” it is not a typo. Continue reading
I must admit I do like my iphone and I do like the apps that you can download on the phone from itunes. Well of course I have an interest in the iphone’s healthcare, fitness and medical application categories. So over time I have downloaded some free apps and some paid for apps. Some apps are good and some ok.
So it got me wondering how can I find some of the best iphone health apps out there? So I thought I’d ask you “What’s are your favourite iphone health apps“? Continue reading
I recently came across this video with Dr Oz of Oprah Winfrey TV show fame talking about handbag weights on women’s health. Dr Oz quoted a survey study done by the American Chiropractic Association on the weight ladies carry in their handbags. In the UK a similar research study has been done by department store, Debenhams.
See what Dr Oz says about the weight of a woman’s handbag and how she carries it can affect her back in his show “Handbag Hazards”. Also find out what the average weight of a UK woman’s handbag is and how it has changed over the years by 100%. Continue reading
World Health Day 2010 starts today 7 April and runs till 11 April 2010. This years World Health Day theme is “1000 cities, 1000 lives”. The aim of this year health day are:
A new Chiropractic marketing survey was released recently in 2009. Do you think you could answer these questions about your awareness of Chiropractic recently surveyed for by the General Chiropractic Council.
For me it was interesting to read the recent survey on the public awareness of the UK chiropractic profession. Some of the questions asked were “Do you know about what chiropractors do?” and “Were you aware of what chiropractors do before today?”. The UK market research group IPSOS-MORI was used to conduct the 2009 study and the same study in 2004. The market research group found encouraging results for the Chiropractic profession. IPSOS-MORI got to compare public chiropractic awareness and perceptions figures for the first time over a 5 year period. So what were some of their findings on the UK public’s ability to know what a chiropractor is and does. You can find out more below. Continue reading