What are the Safety Challenges that Keep Every Homeowner Awake at Night

Nothing compares to a good night’s sleep. That moment when you rest your back flat on the bed, close your eyes, and shut down all the worries of the world is just priceless.

But what if you can’t?

What if you can’t find it in you to sleep peacefully into the night? What if you can’t seem to shut down the monsters in your head?  What if you just can’t let go of these terrible thoughts?

Home safety and security are among the reasons why people lie in their beds wide awake at night. A 2015 survey revealed that more than two-thirds of Americans, including 72% of women, do not feel safe in their homes. This is on top of other problems that people are thinking at night, which are obviously making it hard for them to drift away to dreamland.

What are the things that keep people up all night? We listed eight of them here.

Nightmare of financial (in)security

Oh c’mon, how many of you can honestly say that credit card debt and other bills did not keep you up at night, as if staying wide awake would reduce the interest? A research by CreditCards.com found that 62% of respondents admit to being kept awake by at least one financial concern.

The fear of not being financially secure is a cause for worry for a lot of people. While people say money can’t buy happiness, well so does being broke. Money management, anyone?

When a fortress is unsafe

Blame it on action thrillers. According to the FBI, around 2 million home burglaries are reported each year. Every 13 seconds, a home intrusion is committed. That is how serious the issue of home security is.

Unfortunately, it’s the small things that oftentimes put homes and families in danger. Among the top security mistakes homeowners are doing is forgetting to lock the doors, leaving a key under a mat, and displaying all precious belongings near a window.  

A reliable home alarm system is this generation’s best defense against burglary. Convicted burglars admit to abandoning their plans when they realize that an alarm is installed. The debate on the best home alarm system available these days goes beyond the reduction of false alarms and extends to the importance of utility. What else can an alarm do?

Over the past decade, wireless home alarm systems were the coolest and most popular security devices. No cables, no wires, no sweat. But these days, a look into home alarm systems reviews would tell you that you can get so much more from a security system. With the power of technology and the Internet, you can now access, monitor, and control your home wherever you are. Remote capabilities also allow you to manage your home’s electric consumption. Now, that’s hitting two birds with one stone—security and energy.

An accident-prone home

In the list of home safety challenges, especially among parents with toddlers, is how to childproof their home. Parents stay up all night until they are sure that their child is peacefully sleeping. For homeowners with babies, crib safety is very important. For those with toddlers who never run out of energy, stairs, slippery floors, locks, doors, sharp objects, and just about anything they can climb, are very dangerous territories.

Living in dangerous times

So, you’re next-door neighbor just reported a case of burglary. Let’s see if you can sleep tight tonight. One of the safety challenges that keep people awake at night is living in a community that they thought was secure, and then proven wrong. At a time when guns can be bought like French fries and at a time when criminals have never been so daring, it is hard to get a peaceful sleep.

Perhaps, the top home security mistake that most homeowners are guilty of is pretending that crimes, violent crimes, can never happen to them. Crime does not discriminate. No community is totally safe so never let your guard down.

When something hurts

Another top sleep stealer, according to a survey conducted by Braun Research, are body aches and other physical pains. The study indicated that 69% of respondents are finding it hard to sleep when they feel something is wrong with their body. If your back or neck is strained or when your migraine does not seem to go away, good luck on getting that shuteye.

Losing sleep over work

People have never worked so hard in their life. A lot of employees clock in more than eight hours a day and are lucky to sleep for five or six hours. Not only will performance suffer, but overall health also takes a toll.

Job concerns are among the top stressors that keep people up at night. You would be surprised at how two hours have gone by just by thinking about your horrible boss. When you leave a pile of paperwork on your desk, you think about them too much during bedtime as if they are going to be completed just by obsessing over them. Job security is another major sleep stealer. When you are not sure whether you still got a job in the morning, you’d really rather not sleep.

Security in the family

We love our families dearly. And that’s also why we stay up wide awake at night thinking about them. Family stressors such as when someone needs medical help, someone goes through a tough divorce or when you don’t know how to pay for your child’s education expenses, a good night sleep is often let go. We want everyone in our family to be secure in every aspect—physically, spiritually and mentally.

Obsessing about the future

A research by CreditCards.com likewise revealed the most common fear among people who can’t get a shuteye: not saving enough for retirement. About 40% of Americans worry that they have not saved enough for retirement and half of respondents approaching the retirement age admit that this concern keeps them up at night.

We work hard today to secure our future and that of our children’s. But when the certainty of a good retirement seems bleak, it is almost certain that people are going to lose sleep over it. So, up your money game now before it’s too late. Invest and save.

Of course, we are just humans and we worry. Sleep is elusive to people who worry. They think too much and they think too hard. For parents and homeowners, security in various forms, is a major concern. Whether it’s home safety, health security, financial security or job issues, they can cause sleepless nights. Do something about them now while you’re wide awake and ensure a peaceful and restful sleep in the days to come.

Combating Paranoia: What we really need to protect ourselves from

You go online to check your twitter and your Facebook and to update yourself whether the person you’ve been stalking has done something different since the last time you checked on him 30 minutes ago. Hey, a lot can happen in 30 minutes right?  You enjoy the fact that he has no way of finding out that you’ve been stalking him. And yet you feel bad that the “Big brother era” is here and now. You worry that the government is trying to keep an eye on your activities online because you think your privacy is being put at stake.

Based on a research by the University of Southern California, an increasing number of internet users are concerned about what seems to be internet spies of the government. In addition to their opinions on confidentiality, the latest report also found that 86 percent of Americans are online, from 82 percent in 2010. This is the highest level in the study’s history and auxiliary proof of how fundamental the Internet has become in American’s lives, especially in the age of mobile devices. Who doesn’t have a phone nowadays? Everybody is online. Even those who we thought despised technology are now embracing it fully.  One of the reasons the typical American is worried about their online activity being spied on is the fact they do not feel comfortable knowing that some agencies are collecting their information. Online activity is one way of understanding the behavior and interests of people. However, the government has for so many times reassured that what they do is to protect ad not invade our privacy.

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Sleepwalkers and Heavy Snores: How To Be Safe?

SleepingSleep. You become most vulnerable when you lack sleep.  But how do you keep yourself safe when the cause of sleep problems could be you? Off the bat, there are two types of people who need to be safe from themselves when sleeping, those who suffer from sleepwalking and sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea, as defined by Expertmedicine.com, is a common sleep disorder that affects both children and adults, and that could result to critical cardiac events such as stroke, cardiac arrest, heart arrhythmia, and chest pains.  Research associates sleep apnea as a serious disorder that needs treatment immediately. Apnea or “want of breath” in Greek tally in an estimated 18 million sufferers in America, or at least 1 in every four households (family of 4), that’s 6.62% of the American population.  It’s not gender specific or age specific.  As a result, 263,000 kids have their tonsils removed to help remove the obstruction in their breathing.

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Work Injuries and Illnesses, Minimize Your Risk

A typical adult spends most of his time in two places, home and work. Given this amount of exposure, you are at risk at work from contracting disease to fatal injuries. And though the rates and average are an acceptable level, it is better for us to understand what puts us at risk and how can we contribute to minimizing it.

In Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent study, work related injuries and illnesses are at 1,078,140, keeping workers “away from work at least 2 ½ times the average.” Among these numbers, laborers, truck drivers, nursing aides and construction workers tally in the most incident.

Geography plays a major part in increasing the odds of getting exposed to accidents. In a city like Boston for example, a worker is at risk to assaults, transportation accidents, and exposure to fire. This may ring true to most places and cities around the country, even around the world. New York, given its high population density, tallies the most number of fatal occupational injuries. Source: Occupational Safety and Health Statistics: New Data for a New Century

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Hydroponic Gardening Without the Mess

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic gardening is slowly becoming a hit among gardening fans. Hydroponics is actually one type of gardening that doesn’t use soil as its medium. Instead, it uses water filled with nutrients and alternate growing mediums (like moss, clay, sand, coir, etc.) for the plants to grow. It can be called as organic, but without the fertilizers and the compost.

It can be classified as one type of indoor gardening without the hassle of bringing in dirt to the house. There is not much space needed for the plants to grow. It only requires a pot for each plant to grow and enough space for the water system to operate.

Hydroponics is by no means cheap if you want to have all the gears to your advantage, but do-it- yourself enthusiasts have come up of different methods of making your own hydroponic gardens on the cheap.

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