Most adults would probably rate a good night’s sleep as an accepted right, but anyone who frequently or almost always has trouble achieving one is inclined to rate it right up there with a pre-paid holiday or a winning lottery ticket. There are many things that can cause difficulty getting to sleep and restlessness that prevents deep and refreshing sleep, but there are also some good options for overcoming that difficulty and/or restlessness.

Depending on the individual and the specific circumstances, one of those options is to look into electrically adjustable beds. Since adjustable beds were first introducted in hospitals, they have reached new levels of flexibility, durability and comfort. No longer just for invalids, they are available to anyone and can be customised for almost any need or desire.

Many Benifits
People who have had back surgery, or suffer from any one of several conditions including spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, spondylolisthesis and others can often benefit from an adjustable bed. In fact anyone who has problems sleeping soundly might find that changing from a flat surface to one that supports the shoulders or the lower extremeties can have a salutory effect.

The best electrically adjustable beds have a wide range of positions so they can be rearranged to raise the shoulders, knees or feet, or any combination that is most comfortable for the user. They are equipped with four or five joints in a completely flexible frame which supports the mattress at every pressure point.

An adjustable bed can be a great help to caregivers, saving them much bending and lifting as they attend to a person who struggles to manouver, and it makes getting out of bed much easier for someone with back problems or other incapacitating conditions. Their best and highest purpose, however, is the ability to provide a comfortable position that allows the user to get a good night’s sleep.

Find the correct model for your needs
If you think an adjustable bed would serve your own needs, it’s advisable to shop carefully and choose from those with the most reputable manufacturers and recommendations from users and from the medical profession if possible.

Adjustable beds require special bedding that conforms to changing positions of the mattress, and of course the mattress itself must be able to conform to the bed’s different positions. When you shop for the bed be sure to research the options in bedding, which will differ with the size of your bed and whether that bed is meant for one person only or for two.

Many advancements in technology have made two-person adjustable beds much more common; they are designed so that each person can adjust his or her side of the bed independently of the other. This arrangement has obvious advantages, but the same standards apply; you want both the frame and the mattress to be of the highest quality so you can expect many years of dependable comfort.

Remember that the correct mattress is essential to the bed’s function, if it doesn’t meet your needs, adjusting the bed’s position won’t do much good. In the UK there are many options available, such as UKmobilitydirect. If you shop with care and get the best, this investment might be the best you’ll ever make.

You probably already know that caffeine helps you to stay alert and awake. This is one of the many reasons that more than half of all U.S. adults drink coffee every day. That’s 100 million Americans drinking down their favorite espressos, lattes, or good old-fashioned drip coffee each and every day. However, did you also know caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory?

Caffeine’s Effect on Forming Memory

There are certain ways of drinking caffeine that have been proven most effective. A recent study out of Johns Hopkins University showed that caffeine helps to build long-term memory. The key to the success was not simply drinking coffee, however.  The timing and amount of caffeine ingested greatly affected the process of creating permanent memories.

The sweet spot for the amount of caffeine was found to be around 200 mg, or the amount in about twelve ounces of drip coffee. Another surprising key to creating long-term memory was the timing of the dosage. The researchers found that it worked best in helping to form long-term memories when taken after studying. 24 hours later, test subjects that received a placebo or a 100 mg dose of caffeine had more difficulty remembering images from the previous day’s study session.

So how can you apply this research to boosting your memory and study skills? One way would be to hold off on the caffeine during your study session, then treat yourself to a triple Americano as a reward. Not only will you feel good about having completed your studies for the day, you will also be helping your brain to turn all of the information studied into real, usable memory.

Caffeine as a Late Night Study Aid

For many people, the previous technique may not work for one reason:  they study late at night in one session. “Cramming” is a technique you will be very familiar with if you ever spent any time in a college dorm. It is also a study habit that many people carry over into their professional lives. Obviously, if your study session ends at two in the morning, drinking a big mug of coffee and heading off to bed is probably not an option for you.

Now imagine an extreme case where you were forced to stay awake for 72 straight hours and then study. This is exactly what happened in a test performed by the US Navy.

Even after days spent awake, the same amount of caffeine that you would get in a triple shot of espresso helped Navy sailors to perform better on mental tests. It also improved their alertness. If it works for them, starting off your evening study session with your favorite coffee drink could be a great way to get you through an otherwise boring study session.

If you are anything like most Americans, you enjoy starting your morning by helping yourself to a mug full of fresh coffee from the machine in your kitchen, or stopping by a coffee house on the way to work. What might surprise you is that by timing when you drink your favorite beverage and the amount that you drink, you can enhance your ability to stay alert and form memories.

The next time you study or have a busy day at work, try out a new coffee drinking technique.  It could make a big difference in your next business presentation or certification exam. At the same time, you will be enjoying one of the great pleasures in life: the coffee break.

Last year my grandmother had to move to assisted living. Needless to say, she was reluctant to go. At 88, she had been living on her own for over 40 years. She liked her privacy and was fiercely protective of her independence.

Unfortunately, she was also in the beginning stages of dementia, and it was starting to affect her ability to take care of herself. Because she kept a lot to herself, we didn’t discover exactly how bad it was until the day a police officer showed up at my door to tell me that my grandmother had been in an accident.

She wasn’t hurt, but she had gotten confused and driven into someone’s yard. She was fine, the other party was fine, but the car was banged up. After her accident, we discovered the extent of her problems.

·  She had stopped cooking and her daily diet consisted of chips, candy, and soda – things she could grab quickly, whenever she remembered to eat.

·  She had completely stopped taking her insulin, and had not seen her doctor for months.

·  She had hypertension and had stopped taking those meds as well.

·  She had stopped paying her Medicare premiums and other bills.

We took turns caring for her. I would bring her breakfast and give her morning insulin, my aunt would bring her a healthy lunch, take her afternoon readings, and take her to her doctor appointments; my mother would do the evening meal and insulin, and took over her financial affairs to make sure her bills were paid and got her back on Medicare.

After a few months, we discovered that she was leaving the house without our knowledge. She was taking cabs to run errands, and then getting rides home from complete strangers, sometimes with wads of cash in her bag.

We found a great facility that offered apartment-style units, with 24-hour nursing care. That way, my grandmother could maintain her privacy, but qualified help was literally right outside her door.

The nurses make sure she eats, they take her vitals and administer her meds, and they help with her memory care, and they make sure she gets to the doctor. They also helped her transition into the facility by introducing her to fellow residents, and getting her involved in activities. She has free run of the facility but they also keep track of her and keep her safe.

The nurses at this facility are a godsend.

I was so grateful to them that I decided I wanted to know more about the women who make my grandmother’s life safer and healthier.

There’s Colette. We found out that she’s actually a geriatric nurse practitioner. She started off with an Associates degree from a local nursing school, but then went on to get her accelerated BSN from Gwynedd Mercy University before getting her masters there as well. She told us that she had wanted to be a geriatric nurse since she was a teen and had to take care of her own grandmother. She’s there almost every time I visit, and my grandmother loves her.

Sarah is actually a nurse aide, but she does many of the jobs that the regular nurses do, including bathing the residents and dispensing medications. She got her CNA from community college, but she’s planning to go back to school for an RN. I also found out that she has five black cats, all rescues, and is also a master gardener.

Mary is probably the oldest nurse on the floor, and she has been there the longest. I don’t get to see her often, because she’s usually gone before I show up. However, some days she stays late to play a round of bid whist with some of the residents, my grandmother included. Sometimes she plays a few songs on the baby grand on the main floor near the dining room. I found out that she had originally gotten a music degree, and even taught high-school choir, before she started nursing 20 years ago.

Getting my grandmother into care was a lifesaver for her, and for our family. All of these women, and the countless others that I don’t have the space to mention, have helped my family through this difficult transition, and have improved my grandmother’s life immensely.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that typically develops in the lungs or abdominal organs. Associated with symptoms like painful cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, this illness can have a devastating impact on both physical and psychological health.

What’s more, the methods used to treat mesothelioma are often aggressive in nature, and lead to a number of uncomfortable effects.

Thankfully, there are several ways patients with mesothelioma can improve their health and restore quality of life, no matter their diagnosis or prognosis. Keep reading for tips on coping with mesothelioma and the treatment process, which includes information on traditional therapies, lifestyle choices and more.


Since mesothelioma is a rare disease, a definitive diagnosis may come along with a number of questions and concerns. Open communication with a physician can offer a better understanding of mesothelioma and its treatment options, which, in turn, helps patients play a more active role in their own recovery. Common concerns relating to a mesothelioma diagnosis include the disease’s type, location and stage, as well as questions regarding the risks and side effects associated with certain treatment options. This can help alleviate fears and anxieties, as well as help patients prepare for the treatment stage of recovery.

Psychological Treatment

Understandably, a cancer diagnosis can lead to a variety of issues relating to psychological and emotional health. Many patients experience depression, anxiety, anger, mood swings and other effects, which can interfere with daily activities, as well as impact health and quality of life. Therefore, seeking psychological treatment is often necessary to overall well-being.

Through talk therapy, patients can work through the psychological effects of this disease, as well as formulate coping strategies in the interest of long-term mental health. Plus, support groups, family counseling and other psychological services are conducive to recovery, as they address the varied emotional effects associated with mesothelioma and other types of cancer.


In most cases, mesothelioma is a direct result of exposure to asbestos. And since workplace exposure to this toxic substance is extremely common, many patients are entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other factors. For these individuals, law firms specializing in mesothelioma can often prove workplace exposure and recover damages from insurance companies and negligent employers. And while a lawsuit may not aid in physical recovery, it can provide peace of mind and the financial means to seek effective treatment.

Lifestyle Choices

Mesothelioma can have devastating effects on the body, as can the methods used to treat it. For example, chemotherapy, radiation and pain management drugs are associated with a number of uncomfortable effects, some of which include nausea and vomiting, weakness and fatigue, poor body function and sleep disturbances. However, with the following lifestyle choices, patients can improve strength, enhance energy and restore healthy body function:

  • Dietary changes. An unhealthy diet can exacerbate the symptoms of mesothelioma, as well as worsen the side effects of certain therapies and medications. On the other hand, a balanced, nutrient-rich meal plan can help patients build strength, enhance energy, improve digestive function and much, much more.
  • Physical activity. Regular exercise can provide a number of advantages to mesothelioma patients. For example, even mild physical activity, such as yoga or walking, can boost energy, reduce depression and anxiety, improve body function and lend to better quality of sleep.
  • Staying busy. For patients with mesothelioma, staying busy is essential to a healthy recovery. For example, hobbies, relationships, and other interests can help alleviate the emotional and psychological effects of this illness, as well as enhance overall quality of life.


Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive disease that is often difficult to treat. And while this illness is associated with a number of symptoms and effects, the tips listed here will help patients aid in their own recovery as they improve health and well-being.

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive disease that is often difficult to treat. And while this illness is associated with a number of symptoms and effects, the tips listed here will help patients aid in their own recovery as they improve health and well-being.