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The Important of Wearing a Medical Bracelet

If you someone you love suffers with medical problems, having a personalized medical alert bracelet could save a life.  A medical alert bracelet is a small piece of jewelry with a brief description of your current medical problems on it.  If you don’t like wearing a bracelet, you can find dog tags to wear around your neck.  If the patient is unconscious when help arrives, paramedics need to know a little medical history to help them assess the situation and help the patient.  If the patient has a history of heart problems, or diabetes, the medical alert bracelet will help them take greater care of the patient in regards to that medical history.

Besides your name and a short list of medical conditions or problems, here are a few other things you can have engraved onto a medical alert bracelet:

  • An emergency contact number
  • The name of your physician
  • A referral to another place for more information, for example “see wallet card for a full medical history”

It’s not important to have a list of medications engraved on your medical alert bracelet because they can change frequently.  You could keep that detailed list in your wallet, glove compartment, or an empty medicine vial in your refrigerator at home.  Keep that information updated whenever you make changes to your medication list or your emergency contact phone number changes.  It’s a good idea to check over your medical emergency list every time you test or change the batteries in your home’s smoke detector to keep it up to date.

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Stretching Before Bed Can Give You a Better Night’s Sleep

Finding a good night of sleep is sometimes a very difficult thing.  Many people wake up with aches and pains and stiffness even after a full eight hours of rest.  While lots of advice floats around in an effort to help you sleep better, this one may surprise you.  Doctors say spending five minutes stretching before crawling into bed can help you wake up feeling refreshed tomorrow morning.

For years, Yoga instructors have touted the benefits of a good stretch.  It’s not something that should hurt.  In fact, stretching should relax your muscles.  Deep breathing while stretching will help your body relax even more.  If you already have back problems, try lying down to do some simple stretches on your back.  One effective exercise is to lay on your back with a pillow under your head and pull your knees to your chest.  Try and grab your knees with your hands to keep your legs from bouncing.  Now, circle your knees counter-clockwise, and then clockwise pausing in between each direction.  This exercise will help loosen up your back, leg, and neck muscles before bedtime.  It’s important not to overdo the stretching.  Your body will let you know when you’re pushing too hard so listen carefully.

If you’re still having a hard time catching some zzz’s, try finding a regular bedtime routine.  Going to bed at the same time each night, and waking up at the same time each morning will help your body keep a good sleep routine that will help you fight insomnia.