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Kids With Asthma: The Quest for Quality Sleep

Kids With Asthma: The Quest for Quality Sleep

 

Everyone can think of a time when they didn’t get enough sleep – that heavy, groggy feeling lingers throughout the day, and that dragging usually indicates you’re not operating at your best. When children don’t get enough sleep, they also feel the effects, which usually make them cranky and difficult, and their performance at school could suffer. Of course, with the advent of technology, kids are arguably more sleep deprived than ever – but sleep deprivation can have natural causes, too. Kids who struggle with any breathing difficulty, whether it’s allergies or asthma, can lose precious hours of sleep in their quest to simply breathe.

 

Too little sleep can affect a child’s growth and immune system. Sleep-deprived kids can have a hard time waking up in the morning, feel tired throughout the day, and have trouble functioning, paying attention, and thinking clearly. Sleep allows the body to rest and recharge for the next day – and it’s also the time when children’s bodies grow the most.[1]

 

Each day we breathe in and out about 20,000 times.[2] Those 20,000 breaths can be quite difficult for a child with asthma, especially at night when attacks are more likely to occur. Asthma is a long-term, inflammatory lung disease that causes airways to tighten and narrow when a person with the condition comes into contact with irritants such as pollen, smoke, dust, or pet dander. Several things can play a part in causing asthma such as environmental factors, genetics, allergies, and respiratory infections, the most common trigger for asthmatic children under the age of five.

 

According to the CDC, nearly seven million children under the age of 18 have asthma, making it one of the leading, serious, chronic illnesses among children in the nation. It is the third-ranking cause of hospitalizations for children under the age of 15 and it’s the #1 reason that kids and teens chronically miss school.[3]

 

For parents of kids with breathing difficulties, establishing a relationship with their pediatrician is paramount. The doctor can recommend medication therapy as well suggest environmental changes the parent can make to ease the child’s symptoms. Certain factors – such as odors, pets, chemical sensitivities, and nutrition – can either ease or exacerbate the problem. Making sure the home environment is as clean and irritant-free as possible is also key in lessening symptoms.

 

Vacuuming often and with a machine equipped with a HEPA filter will help reduce the dust, dander and dirt that gets trapped in upholstery and carpet fibers. Additionally, using a high-quality air purifier can go even further in eliminating potential irritants from the home’s environment.

 

A child who is sleeping through the night – without coughing, struggling to breathe or dealing with a stuffy nose – is going to feel and perform better throughout their waking hours. And every kid deserves that.

 

 

Sources:

[1] http://www.helendevoschildrens.org/body.cfm?id=453&action=detail&ref=81790&cat_id=144

[2] http://woodtv.com/2015/03/04/when-asthma-affects-your-childs-sleep

[3] http://www.helendevoschildrens.org/

Battling Spring Allergies

Battling Spring Allergies

 

By now, most people are already feeling the effects of Spring and the oncoming allergy season. Pollen levels are already wreaking havoc on many Americans, and they are only expected to get higher.

 

You might know the symptoms well:  that throbbing headache, itchy, watery eyes and runny nose are all signs that your allergies are kicking in. Knowing what allergens you’re sensitive to can give you an advantage when dealing with an allergic reaction. If you know that you are allergic to certain tree pollens, you can prepare for combat ahead of time.

 

But don’t wait until your allergies have gotten the best of you! Being proactive — like taking over-the-counter antihistamines in advance to prevent symptoms before they begin — is a good first step. The sooner you can treat them the less intense the actual fallout may be.

 

About 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. There are many ways to minimize occurrences of allergic reactions as well as prevent them altogether. Here are a few of our favorite allergy-busting tips!

 

  1. Know your allergy triggers to avoid them.
  2. Take antihistamines about a half hour prior to going outdoors.
  3. Limit time spent outdoors during peak hours and on days with high pollen counts.
  4. Avoid yard work, or wear gloves and a filter mask when gardening.
  5. Try not to touch your eyes after being exposed to allergens.
  6. Wash your hands and hair when coming in from outside and leave shoes at the door.
  7. Keep your home clean; wash throw rugs and change bed sheets often.
  8. Use an air conditioner, preferably with a HEPA filter.
  9. Invest in a sealed HEPA vacuum cleaner.
  10. Use a quality air purifier.

 

Practicing these allergy-fighting tips can help reduce the effects of the Spring allergy season. If your allergy medications don’t provide sufficient relief, consider speaking to an allergy specialist.

The Perks of Being Your Own Boss

The Perks of Being Your Own Boss

 

The speed of life is changing…and so is the way people view their career. Growing numbers of men and women are less content with bringing someone else’s vision to fruition, and more interested in setting their own standards and blazing new trails. More and more people are finding themselves trapped in a monotonous routine at their present jobs: unhappy, unhealthy, unchallenged and unfulfilled.

The idea of self-employment can be at once the logical answer for a next step, and a terrifying prospect. But for the right-minded people, entrepreneurship and business ownership is great step in the right direction. Being in control of things like job security, hours, goals and creative strategies is an attractive lure to transitioning from being the employee to the employer.

Many people think about what it would be like to be their own boss at some point in their career, but few see it as a realistic, attainable goal – mostly because they think it’s too hard or they have no idea where to start. Truly, the hardest part is building up the courage and determination to step out on your own. Imagine making your own schedule so you didn’t have to miss out on the most important times of your life. Being your own boss means taking control of your life’s purpose, direction, growth, and success.

The best entrepreneurs go for what they want in life while successfully tackling challenges that arise, and they do it in record time. Being your own boss still involves work, but you determine when and how it happens with the freedom to operate your business how you see fit, applying what you know and learn to improve and produce the best results at your own pace. It also means not having to wait for someone else’s approval or a promotion that may never come. As your own boss, you can make an ideal income and a robust social life a reality.

What if you experienced something so wonderful that you wanted to share it with others? What if that experience was a lifestyle that helped people live healthier, longer lives? You could become an advocate for this lifestyle, a conscious movement among forward-thinkers, to better care for each other, our communities, and the world? At Vollara, we’re dedicated to developing products that support and help people obtain optimal levels of health and well-being. Our products are eco-friendly, technologically advanced, university tested, and proven effective.

At Vollara, you have the potential to be your own boss while improving the quality of life for yourself and people everywhere in dire need of our exclusive, life-changing technologies. Being part of the solution has never been more rewarding. Learn more at www.vollara.com