5 Top Tips to Stop Snoring

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Almost everyone snores, even my 23 months old toddler snores occasionally. In fact, almost 90 million people in the United States alone snore.

While common, frequent snoring can disturb other people, particularly if they are in the same bed as you. So if you get complaints from other people that they cant sleep because of your snoring, it’s sensible to find a way to stop. While there’s no miracle cure, it is possible to find ways to stop snoring by identifying the cause of why you snore. Common causes of snoring include nasal and sinus problems, being overweight, alcohol, smoking and medications, oor sleep posture and the way you are genetically born.

Here are 5 ways to stop snoring depending on the root cause:

1. Keep your nasal passages clear

This will help you to easily breathe in through your nose rather than your mouth, and help you stop snoring.

I thought at first that my snoring sound comes from my throat, but I wake up from my loud snoring one night and the sound definitely came from my nostrils. I have a sinus problem and it happens to block my airways which makes my inhalation difficult, it then creates a vacuum in my throat which leads to my snoring. An effective home remedy I tried was steam inhalation. The hot steam moistens the nasal passages and effectively clears out my blocked nose which allows me to breathe more easily and sleep peacefully.

But if you are suffering from severe sinusitis or allergy, it is better to ask your GP or pharmacist for nasal spray or antihistamine prescriptions.

2. Quit or cut down on smoking

Smoke causes swelling and catarrh that if your nasal passages become congested it will be difficult to breathe through your nose because the airflow is decreased. This blockage then causes the vibrations in your throat and nose that cause snoring.

I occasionally tried smoking in college to keep me awake when I cram on examination week. It did help me stay awake but I guess I can’t tolerate the smoke, it irritates my throat so much that I end up having a cold the next day.

3. Avoid stimulants late at night

Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills and sedatives before going to bed. They contain the same substance that relax the muscles in your throat and interfere with breathing. If you are taking a prescription medicine at the moment, it is better to talk to your doctor and see if he can give you an alternative medication that doesn’t obstruct you getting to sleep.

4. Change your sleep position

It is advisable to sleep on your side, because lying on your back makes the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back wall of your throat which causes a vibrating sound when you are asleep. You can also position a pillow beneath your head to open up nasal airways passages and might help you to prevent snoring.

5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet

Aside from my sinusitis, your snoring problems might be due to being overweight. The fatty tissue around your neck squeezes the airway and prevents the air from flowing freely in and out of our nose and mouth, causing you to start snoring at night.

As you can see, there are many reasons why you might snore at night. To find a solution, it’s a good idea to tick off all the possible causes on the list. You might be able to stop snoring by improving your diet, giving up smoking or changing your sleeping position. But if these don’t help, and you think your snoring problem might require surgery, then it’s recommended that you speak to a doctor for their expert advice on how to stop snoring for good.

Originally posted 2014-09-22 18:44:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Can Hypnotherapy Help if You Can’t Sleep?

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Many people with insomnia rely on sleeping aids and pills just to sleep better. But another experiment that has surfaced that can make you sleep soundly at night is a more natural form of treatment – hypnotherapy. This medicinal form of hypnotism is a process which leads you into a deep sleep state, just like a fish swimming deeper into the ocean.

Recent research on its benefits for insomnia gathered objective data by using high-density electroencephalograph to document the high and low of the slow-wave sleep activity. It found that, patients that cant sleep and are suffering from insomnia because of difficulty turning off their thoughts can use hypnosis as a method in helping them focus their attention and sway off those deliberate thoughts.

Medication free, yes. But is hypnosis a risk free treatment when you cant sleep?

I have known hypnosis as a technique used by psychotherapist to treat a wide number of ailments and provide therapeutic benefits. I’d never known before that insomnia can be one of them. But what guarantee does it provide that it is safe? Knowing the vast history of hypnosis,  how does it affect the patient’s brain? After all, as the patient only responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist, being in a defenseless state is what makes it a bit scary. I’ve got a friend who tried hypnotism before and woke up an hour afterwards terrified. She thought she detached from her own body and just wandered around the room.

How does hypnotherapy cure insomnia? Considering the high cost of having insomnia and the health risks it comes with, I think it would be worth taking the risks to try it out for once. As it claims to have permanent result. The procedure is very simple; a hypnotist will coaxed you to breathe deeply and told to relax your body. Until you reach a euphoric stage where every part of your body is free from tension and at ease. And the hypnotist would count down from three. They then provide suggestive thoughts to lead your brain into certain ways of thinking.

Hypnotherapy may work for some cases of insomnia, but it doesn’t guarantee to work for patients who have low hypnotic suggestibility compared to those who have higher suggestibility. But the relaxing effect of hypnotherapy may help every patient with insomnia to feel more relaxed and ready for sleep.

Originally posted 2014-07-08 10:28:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pregnant Can’t Sleep? 3 Tips on Getting More Sleep for You and Your Baby

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If you’re pregnant and cant sleep, you’re not alone. Insomnia in most pregnant women is a common problem among 75 percent of expectant moms, especially when on the third trimester of pregnancy.

Just like any sleep disorder, if you’re pregnant cant sleep then you need to first identify its causes. This could be a combination of hormonal changes, anxieties, leg cramps and excessive urination. Do not worry too much about your baby or the labor days, I know how I cringe just thinking about it before. But stressing yourself out won’t going to help you one bit. It’s those worrying thoughts that may be why you cant sleep when pregnant, and it’s not healthy for you or your baby.
The following are easy to follow tips suggested by Baby Centre parents when you cant sleep when pregnant. After trying some of these tips you may be surprised how quickly you can fall asleep:

Pregnant Cant Sleep Tip #1 Eat Good Food

“My grandmother told me that drinking a warm cup of milk and having a banana helps you sleep. Well, after many a night of only having one or two hours’ of sleep due to baby moving, cramps and insomnia, I was ready to try anything. Now, whenever I can’t get back to sleep, warm milk and banana does it every time.” Says Prue.

Warm milk paired with fresh fruits like cherries and bananas is a good combination to aid you to sleep. Cherries are good source of melatonin that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep and researchers recommends eating them an hour before bedtime. Bananas are also rich in potassium and magnesium which are natural muscle relaxants.

Pregnant Cant Sleep Tip #2 -“Get Comfortable, means more pillows!”

“Propped up with six pillows (so basically sitting up!) helps a lot. That way I can get at least five hours’ good sleep until I awake at my usual time of 5am. I seem to be able to manage my toddler on this amount of sleep, so it must be good practice for when the baby is born.” – Ali
It gets really uncomfortable sleeping on your bed when you are already in your late pregnancy, that’s why most doctors and midwives often recommend their patients to sleep on a comfy armchair or just like what Ali did, pile those pillows on your back and sleep on comfortably.

Pregnant Cant Sleep Tip #3 -“Relax your mind and soul”

“My hubby helped me get good sleep by talking softly and massaging my aching back. And whenever I woke up due to heartburn or uneasiness, he was the one to make me calm and go back to sleep.” – Shameela
“I listen to a boring discussion on the radio and do the breathing exercises taught in the antenatal yoga classes I go to. These have a really soporific effect.” – Lisa

Relaxation techniques are very helpful if you’re pregnant and cant sleep. Deep breathing exercises and yoga are great ways to relax, it helps you put your body, soul and mind into a state of balance. You could also ask your husband to help you relax just like what Shameela’s husband did. Massage is often used to help babies sleep and it is also a good way in treating insomnia in adults.

So if you’re pregnant and cant sleep, try out these tips to get more rest and relaxation for both you and your unborn child.

Originally posted 2014-12-01 09:07:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

New Study Finds that Insomnia Might Cause Back Pain

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A new study has found that insomnia could contribute to back pain. The survey was conducted in Tel Aviv Medical Center Inflammation Survey (TAMCIS) and was written by Maayan Agmon, PhD and Galit Armon, PhD of the School of Nursing at the University of Haifa in Israel. The assessment of the study was based on the medical records of the patients and their interviews during the TAMCIS. The study also revealed that more women who can’t sleep had reported to experience back pain problems than men. But the research’s authors failed to provide additional evidence on whether back pain can increase insomnia symptoms.

Does insomnia causes back pain? Or is it the other way around? I know most people who suffer with back pains have difficulty sleeping. Among those are mostly senior citizens, our grandparents and old folks who are experiencing the price of old age. But for those of us who are still on our prime and already experiencing back pains every now and then.

Well, I most certainly think that back pain precedes insomnia. I did not feel the effects of so many sleepless nights 10 or 15 years ago. But now, I know for sure that all those of years wondering ‘why can’t I sleep?’ has had an effect. I can feel my body is aching and my muscles are twitching whenever I wake up following a sleepless night. There were even times that I caught myself a few winks of sleep whenever I’m seating in front of my computer or even when I’m driving, which scares me sometimes.

Sleep is a requirement for life, an indispensable necessity that has no medical substitute. Sleep rejuvenates and repairs every cells and tissues in our body. Although some people considered sleep as their number one enemy. Like Yennis Cheung an actress from the James Bond movie Skyfall. She suffered from insomnia at a very young age. She had such a bad relationship with sleep that makes her anxious and nervous before going to bed.

But eventually she found a supplement that aid her sleepless nights – a chemical-free powdered food supplement made from fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. She mixes them with soya milk and sprinkles them on her meals. Yennis is now back on our screens with BBC drama Panic, she said she felt much better that she conquered her sleep demons.

Originally posted 2014-08-14 19:54:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Juice Your Way to a Good Night’s Sleep

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Tart Cherry Juice has shown some potential to be the most delightful way in aiding your sleepless nights if you can’t sleep. This recent discovery was presented at the Experimental Biology 2014 Annual Meeting by a group of researchers from Louisiana State University.

The Montmorency cherry juice contains a set amount of proanthocyanidins and procyanidins, two naturally occurring compounds in cherries. They are also a good source of the naturally-occurring compound melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles which has been attributed with sleep enhancing effects. The presence of tryptophan in cherries is also known to improve sleep.
The research participants were insomniacs who agreed to drink the tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks. Their assessments were divided in two parts the first one is in a sleep laboratory in which the researchers use polysomnography to evaluate sleep efficiency, duration and onset. The second part is through questionnaires that relate to anxiety, depression, fatigue and sleep. After 2 weeks the scientists found out that through taking tart cherry juice you can increase sleep time by almost an hour and a half each night in adults with insomnia.

The positive result is greatly appreciated specially by most senior citizens who comprise the 23 percent of population suffering from insomnia. Recently a senior patient was admitted to ER due an adverse reaction to an insomnia drug. According to recent statistics, the risks of taking drugs like Ambien for treating insomnia in older patients are much higher than for patients aged 19 to 44.

With this in mind, the discovery of the sleep boosting properties of Montmorency Cherry Juice could offer a better and safer way to treat insomnia, plus the fact that it is a tasty way to get some shut eye.

 

Originally posted 2014-08-25 18:03:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

If You Cant Sleep, Try these 4 Steps to Get Up Earlier So You Can Sleep Better at Night

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If you cant sleep at night it could be because you’re one of those people who prefers to stay up late, watching TV or playing video games. So if you want to get to sleep earlier, you need to consider altering your sleeping pattern.

Instead of staying up late at night, why not wake up earlier instead? It’s healthier, more peaceful, and those extra hours in the morning will help you to get stuff done in peace and quiet, without the distraction of the other people in your household. We all know that our day routine plays a huge factor on how well we sleep at night. But very few of us knows how waking up earlier can improve our productivity for the entire day.

“Early mornings offer a fresh supply of willpower and people tend to be more optimistic and ready to tackle challenging tasks.” says Laura Vanderkam, a time management expert and the author of “What the most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.”

Waking up early will give you more determination and drive to get your project done. It also gives you opportunity to set a positive tone to start your day and plan ahead. Waking up earlier to work is the smart alternative to staying up late, it avoids overloading on caffeine and energy drinks which just make your insomnia (and any anxiety contributing to it) worse.

Vanderkam recommends these four simple steps to help you get up earlier in the morning:.

1. Keep a time journal

People who already adapted the habit of staying up late at night are not really convinced of the benefits of waking up earlier in the morning. If you’re a “night owl” you may find it hard to wake up early in the morning. This is because it’s natural to feel tired waking up early if you’re not used to it, especially if you spent the previous night working.

Vanderkam recommends keeping a daily journal for the entire week to assess if you are really spending your nights productively or just browsing random sites and looking for any distraction other than going to bed.

2. Imagine your perfect morning

“Industrious and hardworking people wakes up earlier than the rooster.” This is what my grandma used to say whenever she wakes me up in the morning. I used to imagine my perfect morning the night before and I find it very motivating. I wake up the day after earlier than my alarm, do my exercise routine and cook breakfast. I felt lighter, healthier and get a lot of things done.

According to Vanderkam, “Getting up earlier is not about punishing yourself. You will not get out of bed if you don’t have a good reason to do it.” I love how our house smelled early in the morning and how placid and wonderful my surroundings feel. These are just a few of the many things that give me reason to wake up early.

3. Plan your morning

Arrange everything you need in the morning the night before. This includes your work clothes, a packed lunch and anything important you need to have with you that day. It is much easier to get going and keep going when you plan each day in advance. It makes you more competent and efficient and sets you up to achieve your goals throughout the day.

4. Build the habit slowly

Do not try to force yourself to adopt all these habits immediately. Changing your routine takes time before it truly takes hold and feels natural. If you used to set your alarm at 7:00 am and you want to change it to 4:00 am, you can set it up 10 minutes earlier every day until your body is able to cope with these new changes.

Once you switch to getting up early in the morning you may start to wonder how you got anything done beforehand. It will help you to feel more energized and proactive during the day. So if you cant sleep at night, start working on changing the habits or routines that are keeping you awake, so you can feel happier and healthier each day.

Originally posted 2014-10-28 10:19:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What 13 Famous and Successful People Do to Sleep Better at Night

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A good night’s sleep is vital if you want to be energized and mentally alert the next day. For this reason, I often wonder what bedtime routines successful people have that helps them get the sleep they need. I have always presumed they have a perfect bedtime ritual that we’d all love to emulate when you cant sleep at night.

It might actually surprise you how normal their bedtime routines are. It turns out that one thing many of them have in common is that many of them will read at night, instead of being a couch potato in front of the TV. Business Insider recently featured an article profiling the nighttime habits of the rich and famous, which might offer some valuable tips if you want to know what can help me sleep tonight?

1. President Obama often describes himself as a “Night Owl” and spends most of his night either writing or reading before going to bed.

2. Arianna Huffington also reads at night to help her get to sleep, and prefers to read the “Real” books rather than on iPads, Kindles and laptops.

3. Bill Gates makes it to a point to spend at least 1 hour of reading before going to bed.

4. Vera Wang often reads at night and considers her bedroom as her sanctuary where she can have a complete undisturbed rest all by herself.

5. Tranquility on working at night keeps him ahead of his work, said Michael Lewis.

6. Kate White chooses to work standing up by her kitchen counters while writing, which she finds more effective rather than sitting comfortably on a chair to help her fall asleep.

7. Taking a walk every night before going to bed Helps Joel Gascoigne to stop thinking about work and evaluates the day’s work.

8. Writing down 3 things to accomplish the next day is What Kenneth Chenault does to stay focused late at night.

9. Benjamin Franklin used to write his diary at night to track his daily improvements.

10. Taking a short nap in the afternoon gave Winston Churchill an extra boost to work longer hours than most.

11. Stephen King can’t go to bed without brushing his teeth and washing his hands first, he then arranges his pillow pointing in a certain way he likes.

12. Sheryl Sandberg wants her sleep undisturbed so she makes it a point to turn off her phone before going to sleep.

13. Famous author Michael Lewis and Cosmo Editor-in-Chief Kate White both claim to overflow with creative juices at night.

Hopefully some of these insights will help next time you’re lying awake at night and wondering why cant I sleep? Try adopting some of the bedtime habits of rich and successful people so you can help your mind and body to power down so you can feel more revitalized for the day of solid work ahead.

Originally posted 2014-09-08 11:51:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Top 5 Best Insomnia Busting Sleep Apps that Help You Get to Sleep at Night

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There are few things as frustrating as when you can’t sleep at night. Getting 8 hours of shut eye is vital for your brain and body to tune out and shut down, restoring your physical health and cementing your memories in place. If you are still having trouble falling asleep with natural remedies, like drinking some milk or munching down a banana, then maybe you should try using a sleep app to help you nod off.

The following list of sleep apps will help guide you to the serenity of a good night’s sleep. From step by step meditation to nature sound playlists, you simply download one of these sleep apps to your smartphone just before you want to go to sleep and allow them to sprinkle some digital sleep dust.

Top 5 Best Sleep Apps

1. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock 

The most effective way get a regular sleeping habit is by following a cycle or a pattern. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Close is an intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase- which is the most natural way to wake up and feel well rested. This is rated as one of the best sleep apps on Android and has the most positive feedback on Google’s Play store.

2. Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep 

If you want to relax for a few minutes during the day, whether you are in your office or at home, to refresh your mind and increase your concentration, this app might be the solution you’ve been looking from. You can choose from 6 different relaxing sounds of nature, which includes thunder, ocean sounds, sea, birds chirping, the sound of the falling rain, night in jungle, water dripping sounds and waterfalls. If ‘white noise’ helps you nod off, this is an amazing app to increase your quality of sleep and cure your insomnia.

3. Sleep Soundly Hypnosis

This is a relaxation guide session by Kym Tolson, a licensed hypnotherapist. The session combines imagery with deep relaxation techniques, which helps you to get your mind and body in a relaxed state and then gently lulls you to sleep.

4. SleepBot 

One way of curing insomnia is by tracking your sleep. However, tracking your sleep is a very tedious task and costs a lot to get done at a special sleep clinic. Using SleepBot you can track your sleep patterns to see your nighttime habits in graphical form. This then gives you an idea of at what times you’re getting the most and least amount of sleep. The app lets you customize your sleep tracking, record your movements and sounds during the night and can wake you up at the optimum time during a light sleep phase.

5. Relaxing Nature Scenes

If you want to relax after a very stressful day at home, Relaxing Nature Scenes is a sleep app loaded with 20 themes, each with four soundtracks which offers you to be able to customize your own relaxation experience. There are over 100 individual sounds to choose from and which you can combine to create the perfect mind retreat.

There are many more sleep apps out there, so feel free to share in the comments any you’ve found useful. Harnessing technology to get more hours of rejuvenating sleep is much healthier and safer than taking sleeping pills or having a few beers late at night. So if you find you can’t sleep at night, download one of these top 5 best sleep apps to your smartphone or tablet to see if they help.

Originally posted 2014-09-16 20:02:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Top 5 Natural Insomnia Remedies that Help You Sleep Better

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When you’re dealing with insomnia it’s tempting to take the easy root and reach for the sleeping pills. But you should always be wary of the side effects of sleeping pills, which includes feeling dopey the next day and, even worse, building a reliance on them as  the first option when you cant sleep. Sleeping pills might be effective at beating insomnia in the short term, but they’re not a long-term solution to the bedtime blues.

Thankfully, there are lots of natural remedies for when you cant sleep. They’re non-addictive, dont have side effects and give you the peace of mind knowing you’re not messing with your body’s natural rhythms.

Here are top 5 natural remedies for insomnia to try next time you’re wondering ‘what can help me sleep?’:

1. Cut down on Caffeine

Well, to be truthful, this is a natural remedy to avoid. Although, it is very tempting to have a coffee with your dinner or in the early evening,  it is always advisable to keep your caffeine intake as low as possible if you want to get to sleep that night. Caffeine stimulates your brain, so a cup or two is enough for most people to last the whole day, let alone at night.

2. Have a bedtime snack

Try consuming some high carbohydrate food like toasted bread or a sweet cookie at least an hour before going to bed. The reason for this is that,snacks high in carbohydrates and low in protein help your brain prepare for sleep. A sweet cookie can also act as a sedative because of the amount of sugar it contains. You can accompany your favorite snack with a warm glass of milk, which is an age-old treatment for those who cant sleep at night.

3. Establish a Bedtime Ritual

I know a lot of people have a habit of playing with their gadgets before going to bed and some acquired their insomnia because of these bad habits. You need to establish a peaceful bedtime routine that can send a powerful signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down and let go of the day’s stresses. Make your bedroom more sleep friendly and make sure your bed is comfortable.

A hot bath before bedtime is also a wonderful way to relax your body. But you need to do this 2hours early before bed time. Also, if you are familiar with Epsom salts, you can add one to 2 cups to your hot bath and soak them for about 15 to 20 minutes before going in. They are highly recommended by Naturopathic practitioners because of their added benefits and proven to relieve stress, soothe your muscles, soften your skin and maybe even reduce some wrinkles.

4. Valerian

Although it sounds like a modern discovery valerian is actually a staple medicinal herb widely used throughout Europe. From some clinical evidence that has been gathered by two independent studies. Valerian has been proven to improve sleep latency, it increases the amount of time spent in deep and rapid eye movement (REM). Valerian has even been shown to improve sleep quality and to decrease anxiety in people trying to wean off of benzodiazepines.

5. Keep a Sleep Journal

Keeping a regular sleep schedule will get you in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. You will feel more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours but at different times.

Quick bonus tips for when you cant sleep

• Set a regular bedtime by going to bed the same time every night.
• Wake up at the same time Everyday and do it naturally without using your alarm
• Take a Nap to Make up for the lost hours of sleep and opt for a day time rather than sleeping late.
• Limit your nap time to at least 30 minutes and do it in the early afternoon.
• Fight after-dinner drowsiness

Originally posted 2014-09-11 16:48:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Is Procrastination the Cause of Your Insomnia?

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A new study from Utrecht University from the Netherlands says that “Bedtime procrastination” can mess with your usual sleeping pattern. Let’s say that your usual bedtime is 9pm, while you are already lying down, you just can’t help but open your social media accounts or your favorite video streaming site and just browse on nothing in particular. Then you saw something worth watching and just got hooked up. Oblivious of how many hours had passed, it’s already 4am in the morning and you are just a couple of hours away till your alarm set to wake you up.

Some people procrastinate 2 or 3 times a week. It is either they are binge-watching a new season of the house of cards on Netflix or any other movie marathon on YouTube. I have a friend who has insomnia and she said that it began when she used to binge-view a 24 episode of prison break. She have not sleep for 30 hours and end up a little edgy the next day and couldn’t get to sleep the night after so she binge-watch another season again.  Little did she know that her sleeping pattern has been slowly altering. If the procrastination will continue, then your sleeping hygiene will surely get affected, thus it will most probably lead to insomnia.

Now, insomnia is a hard one to cure.  Almost 50 million Americans are suffering from insomnia and it is growing every hour.  Some have turned to natural remedies and different exercises and a lot of people have turned to over the counter drugs just to get a good night sleep. So, think twice before you open your phones or laptops and began browsing online. Follow your sleeping time and stay away from those disturbing gadgets at least 30 minutes before you sleep. That way you can set your mind and your body to involuntarily drift yourself into dreamland

Originally posted 2014-06-23 13:00:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter




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