Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Issues With Your Car That Need To Be Fixed Immediately!

There are certain car problems that you can ignore for quite some time. For instance, you might have noticed that the airbag light on your dashboard pops on and off quite frequently while you’re driving. You might think it’s a serious problem, but actually, this is quite common. More often than not, two wires have been crossed over. It’s nothing to worry about and can be ignored for years with no trouble at all. Although we suppose you might find the airbag doesn’t work when you crash this is unlikely. It may also not work regardless. There are plenty of car airbags that won’t pop up on impact 100 percent of the time. You might also be interested to learn that airbags aren’t the best safety feature anyway and can actually cause injuries. Now that we’ve covered that let’s look at the issues that you should worry about.


If you constantly smell burning while driving your car, we wouldn’t recommend that you keep taking it out on the road. This is always going to end with an engine failure somewhere down the line. Now you might think that burning in the car could occur for a variety of reasons and you’d be right. But unfortunately none of these are good news and almost all of them point to a serious failure. If you’re lucky, the car will simply stop running and leave you stranded. If you’re less lucky, the engine could catch on fire while you’re driving. You definitely don’t want that.

Weak Brakes

Have you noticed that the car isn’t stopping quite as well as it should? There are a few reasons why this might be the case. If you’re driving in the winter or wet and the roads are slippery braking can take a little longer for the car to stop. You might also find braking distance is affected by the state of your tires. If the tread has worn away you won’t be getting the grip that you need on the road. However, it’s also possible that your brakes aren’t working properly. Unless you have actually crashed the car, it’s not going to be like in the movies. You’re not going to drive the vehicle and find that the brakes have stopped working. It’s far more likely that they’ll just take a little more time to show an effect. If that happens, take your car to a garage ASAP. You can get quotes for brake repairs at Don’t worry, this repair won’t cost a fortune.

Left Or Right

If you take the hands off the wheel while you’re driving it should continue to drive in a straight line. If it doesn’t your steering is off. There are quite a few people who don’t think this is a serious problem. But it actually points to a severe issue with handling. You should get your steering realigned immediately. This isn’t a suggestion so that you can drive with no hands. It’s so if there if you do lose control of the car, you have the best chance of regaining it.

Holy Smoke: Get The Lowdown On E-Cigarettes

Flickr Photo From: Ecig Click

We all know that smoking is bad for us. Long gone are the days where sophisticated gentlemen lit ladies cigarettes in ornate holders or puffed away merrily in the office. Now in many countries, smokers are banished outdoors and for good reason. Over the years, medical science has proven cigarettes contain deadly substances, cause numerous forms of cancer and ultimately prolonged usage leads to an early death. However, If you don’t want to quit smoking, or feel that now isn't the right time to try some alternatives are much less harmful. 

If you’re looking for something temporary you could try an NRT or nicotine replacement therapy which are popular for use on car journeys, long-haul plane rides and in crowded public places such as parks. An NRT, usually a gum, patch or inhaler does contain nicotine; the chemical found in cigarettes, as well as help to suppress the desire for this highly addictive substance. Contrary to popular belief nicotine on its own like similar chemicals such as caffeine isn't dangerous. It’s when it’s mixed with other things like tar, ammonia, and carbon monoxide that the problems start. NRT's allow you to continue to receive Nicotine, albeit in automatic smaller doses or over a longer period but it's definitely much safer for your health. If the NRT doesn’t appeal, or you’ve already tried them an E-Cigarette could be the answer.

What Are E-Cigarettes? 

Another popular option is the E-Cigarette where users choose to ‘vape,' which comes from the vapor the product releases into the air. E-Cigarettes aren't designed as a stop smoking product. Instead, they are marketed as a smart alternative to regular ones, mind you if you start smoking E-Cigarettes you may gradually lose the desire to smoke traditional tobacco altogether. 'Vapers' are looked upon much more kindly by society than regular smokers, plus E-Cigarettes help to reduce your risk of lung disease, asthma, emphysema, lung cancer and pneumonia. They'll also increase your quality of life because you won't be coughing all the time, feeling out of breath, and having to constantly wash your clothes to get rid of the smoke smell. Your first question won't be where can I go to smoke? Or how much! When you see that a ten pack has gone up another two dollars.

How Do They Work?

An E-Cigarette comes in a range of styles and flavors, simulating the smoking experience but without all the harmful chemicals. E-Cigarettes allow users to top up on nicotine whenever they like; they release similar clouds of smoke giving the user the same taste, physical sensation and overall experience as a standard cigarette. They are much more considerate to other people; no one is breathing in harmful second-hand smoke, not only that but in some social circles E-Cigarettes are being seen as the next must have accessory. E-Cigarettes are over 70% cheaper than traditional packs, they come in a wide range of colors, flavors and strengths such as those by nicolites electronic cigarettes, so you can choose the one that works for you best. Better yet, many companies produce all in one starter kits, perfect for new users, that contain the vapestick, or E-Cigarette device itself, refill packs, a USB charger and a helpful how to guide. Where E-Cigarettes stand out is the control is given back to the user, they can self-regulate while enjoying the familiar taste, smell, and sensation of holding something in their hand. 

What Are The Benefits?

The simple fact is that E-Cigarettes produce no tobacco smoke which means there is no strong smell; your clothes aren’t tainted with the smoke, and people can’t pick up on the tell tale odor in your hair. Not only that, over time your car, home, and workspace will lose the smoky smell and become fresh again while walls will start to lose that yellow tinge. Unlike tobacco, vaping doesn't affect your teeth, skin and nails so nasty yellow nails, bad breath, and yellowing teeth will soon be a thing of the past. Passionate about animals, children or the environment? Smoking tobacco around kids, pets or vulnerable adults can be as bad as a child smoking the cigarette themselves, while smoke adds to the already high levels of air pollution. By making the switch to E-Cigarettes you’ll not be contributing to unsightly cigarette litter, and they don't leave burning embers which can cause house fires, damage to your furniture or even injure a child who’s accidentally picked up a recently smoked butt.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Manly Mantras For Sleeping Soundly

Finding yourself wide awake after a few hours of sleep, or waking often during the night is called "parasomnia" or "sleep maintenance insomnia," and it's much more common than people think. A 2005 National Sleep Foundation poll found that 75 percent of adults frequently have symptoms of a sleep problem, including waking during the night.

We, as men, are often our own worst enemies when it comes to a solid night of sleep. But for most of us, the culprit's not that ill-conceived espresso at 5 p.m. The root of most sleep problems is stress.

We're overloaded, overstimulated, and overwhelming our bodies' ability to relax.

Last night, 10 million men lost their struggle for a good night's sleep. Today, their jobs, maybe even their lives, are in jeopardy.

A new generation of sleep scientists are overturning the conventional wisdom about parasomnia. You can do it. With a few simple changes in your routine, a little visualization, a couple of surprisingly counter-intuitive moves and perhaps an attitude adjustment, a peaceful night of slumber can be yours.

Throw out your definition of a good night's sleep

Just as three square meals a day has given way to all-day grazing and smaller portions, "what's good for you" has changed here, too. Thinking it's necessary to stay asleep for 8 hours straight may be unrealistic, Even waking every 60 to 90 minutes can be part of a healthy sleep pattern. The deeper stages of sleep, or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, occur about every 90 minutes and get longer as the night goes on, so your brain might become more alert between those cycles. If you find yourself awake in pre-dawn hours, assess your physical state. Do you have an ache, a cramp, or need to go to the bathroom? If so, take care of it.

Get bed-ready

Clearing your head is key to a good night of sleep. Simply taking 15 minutes to sit quietly, meditate, pray, or do rhythmic breathing can allow your mind to slow down enough to sleep through the night. Make sure your mattress and pillows are offering the best support. When our bodies are stressed, our minds react. A firm mattress topper or pillow duo will create the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep.
Another way to condition yourself is by playing off the body's internal clock.  Before you plan to go to bed - dim the lights significantly. This triggers natural circadian rhythms that help us prepare for sleep.

Make the breath-brain connection

There is evidence that long, slow abdominal breathing will reduce anxiety and arousal.
With your tongue resting on the roof of your mouth, just behind your upper teeth, exhale completely. Close your mouth and inhale through your nose for four counts. Hold your breath for seven counts. Then, exhale while mentally counting to eight. Repeat the cycle three more times. Both are important for restful sleep.

"Get out, get out!"

After 15 minutes of lying awake in bed, you need a change of venue. Staying there is counterproductive and you risk associating the bed with your trouble sleeping, which will exacerbate the problem in nights to come. Go to go to another room.

Once you learn to master theses techniques you will soon be the sensei of sleep and feel like a new man!