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March 26

How long does it take you to fall asleep?

I generally fall asleep very quickly. Kiss my husband, light out, head on pillow, and I'm out. My husband finds this remarkable and says it generally takes him 15-30 minutes to sleep. Google tells me most people fall asleep within ten minutes, and falling asleep too quickly can indicate over-tiredness, but I've been like this forever and don't feel tired at all. Because my husband has always been so surprised by this (even after many years bedsharing), I am curious to know how long it actually takes others to fall asleep! More sleepflakes within. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 12:53 PM - 20 answers

March 25

How to keep tennis shoe tongue flat over laces?

How can I make the tongue of my shoe lay forward over the shoelaces while I'm recovering from a skin rash that it brushes against and irritates? This is what I want. Thanks!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 10:34 AM - 3 answers

I need to unplug my ears as soon as possible

I have a date in 3 hours, but my ears are plugged and I can't hear a thing. What's the quickest way to unplug them? I've been using olive oil spray all day, bit it doesn't seem to be doing anything. I've also tried the Valsalva Maneuver and nasal spray in case it's a sinus blockage (they usually get blocked because of ear wax, but I just had a cold so it could be sinuses). Is there anything else I can do to unplug them before 7:30?
posted by Chenko at 9:26 AM - 22 answers

Dental shame

For reasons, I lost my 4 front teeth in my early teens. My parents couldn't afford much in the way of fixing this. The dentist very kindly built me a "flipper"; what was supposed to be a temporary piece until something more appropriate could be acquired. Jump to now, 44 years later, and I am still wearing same flipper. I looked into dental implants, but the cost is not in my means. My dentist worked out a way to make me a better partial, at a reasonable cost. Unlike the flipper, which no one could tell wasn't my real teeth, the new device has some visible wires. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:36 AM - 9 answers

March 24

Headaches after LASIK surgery

I had LASIK surgery about a week ago and have had no side effects, except a persistent mild, possibly eyestrain-related headache that hasn't left since I had the surgery. Has anyone else had this effect and has it typically gone away? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 at 10:01 AM - 3 answers

Help me get a great back massage in London!

Dear mefites, where in London can I get a nice, intense back massage? Also, how much do you tip? Please only recommend places where workers are treated fairly. Thanks!
posted by yaymukund at 8:35 AM - 7 answers

Itchiness when going from sedentary to active exercise?

I'm ready to go from sedentary to starting regular exercise again. In the past, one of the things I've noticed that often kills my motivation to exercise is that when I start cardio I'll start getting pretty itchy all over my body - in some cases even a rash/hives would develop. It's a huge motivation killer and probably at least partially responsible (outside of weak will) for halting many previous attempts at exercise. Have you encountered this? Tips to overcome it? [more inside]
posted by Karaage at 7:41 AM - 21 answers

I want to look and feel better, what changes can I make?

I would like to know what changes I can make to look and feel better. I have two small children under 2, I am in my mid 30's ... I don't always feel 100% and I think I could feel better (obviously- I've just had 2 kids!) I want things that have a lot of bang for their buck... For example- daily light stretching or teeth whitening- neither take a lot of time but they do a lot to make me feel and look better. Sauna a couple times a week is a bigger time commitment but is VERY good for my skin and also helps me deal with stress. What other things can I do or changes can I make? [more inside]
posted by catspajammies at 6:30 AM - 16 answers

D.C. area urologist recommendation

For a friend: Who did your awesome, quick vasectomy? Looking for that doctor's name in DC or Maryland suburbs.
posted by OrangeVelour at 6:28 AM - 1 answers

March 23

Are the cheap massage places in the (east) bay all skeezy?

And more importantly, are they fronts for human trafficking? [more inside]
posted by Smearcase at 8:30 PM - 12 answers

OCD with intrusive, obsessive thoughts: what next?

After years of wondering why I am constantly experiencing intrusive, obsessive thoughts about things I'm failing to do or otherwise screwing up, I have come to suspect that it is highly probable that I may have a form of OCD. I will be bringing this up with my therapist and psychiatrist, respectively, when I see them next. In the meantime, I'm seeking some advice from those who have been diagnosed with or are familiar with the condition. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 6:03 PM - 7 answers

Please help me optimize my plans for healthy weight loss.

I have about 3.5 months in which I'd like to transform my body. Given a lack of flexible time (full-time job + mommying), I have some specific questions that will ultimately factor into how I stay consistent, enjoy my exercise time, and make sure I don't fall off the wagon. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 2:20 PM - 25 answers

Urgent care tonight or quick clinic tomorrow?

I have a yucky rash that may or may not be getting infected. Can't decide whether this is very urgent or not. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 1:49 PM - 11 answers

I seem to be losing my mind, and then my job, in that order. Help?

I'm looking for advice on dealing with what feels like cognitive decline, though it's all tangled up with anxiety and depression and it's hard to tell where one stops and the other begins. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM - 14 answers

Why am I moving my legs off the bed while I sleep?

I fall asleep on my side, but recently I've started doing something odd; rolling onto my stomach and moving my entire body down to the end of the bed so that my feet and legs are hanging off. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:40 AM - 16 answers

March 22

Help! I need to stay fit for the next two weeks. #exercisefilter

I'm getting married in 2.5 weeks. A couple of weeks ago, my trainer had to suddenly stop the group training classes that had been getting me in the best shape of my life. I have a handle on nutrition and will keep that going on my own; but what can I do, on my own, for the next few weeks to maintain the stronger muscles and healthier body fat percentage that I've worked hard to attain over the last 9 months? I can't deny that I want to look good when the cameras are on me. [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 8:09 PM - 16 answers

Can someone explain what kind of seizures I'm having?

I've made an appointment with a neurologist but I just an incredibly disorienting seizure where apparently for the first two hours I missed the "Who is the president is the?" sort of questions. Then the rest were spotty pieces of memory that were very foggy dream-like, with it me like watching a movie almost. There were dream like elements (I thought people said things they didn't, etc.). I am fine now, but while I wait on my appointment, what is going on? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 3:46 AM - 16 answers

March 21

What's the loudest *impulse* sound I can regularly expose myself to, wit

I'm trying to determine my options for suppressed handguns that I can use without hearing protection. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel at 11:24 PM - 10 answers

Should I fix my eyes?

I have a diagnosed vision problem and a diagnosed learning disability. The symptoms for both are very similar. The optometrist says vision therapy may improve my life, but it is very expensive and I'm worried about spending a lot of money only to discover that the real issue was always just the learning disability. Can anyone share their experience with binocular vision therapy? [more inside]
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 12:15 AM - 15 answers

March 20

Anxious Manager in Training Seeking Kind LA Based Therapist

My new job is the hardest job I've ever had, and I'm drowning under the pressure. My friends and family seem to empathize, but at the same time, they're also sort of chuckling at my distress and telling me it's good that I'm "finally" struggling at something when previously I've been "able to tackle everything" that comes my way. Can you recommend a CBT trained therapist in Pasadena who can help me stop sinking? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger at 11:16 PM - 4 answers

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