Electric versus petrol-powered
Today we had a customer who was looking for a petrol-powered bike. He didn't seem concerned with the environmental cost of a petrol bike (much better than a car, though!) but it got me thinking as to how an it would stack up against an electric bike on purely economic terms.
Rotary Bicycles Sport
Top speed: 25 kph
Range: 123.5 km
Weight: 30 kg
Running cost: $2/100km
Emissions: 3.5 kgCO2-eq/100km
Top speed: 30 kph
Range: 50 km
Weight: 25 kg
Running cost: $0.15/100km
Emissions: 0.53 kgCO2-eq/100km (using Victorian brown coal, the dirtiest in Aus)
So for much the same initial outlay, the petrol-powered bike has a significantly better range, but is a bit slower and heavier. But the big difference is that it costs over 10 times as much to run, and is at least 7 times more polluting.
Bottom line: an electric bike is cheaper and more environmentally friendly to run.
For people who are using a CPAP machine, you need to take notes to give to your doctor. If you experience any symptoms, like snoring, that were eliminated when you started using the CPAP machine and they come back, you need to let your doctor know. Only your doctor can properly assess any problems.
Consider doing a few very specific exercises before going to bed each night, to alleviate some of your sleep apnea symptoms. Exercising throat and tongue muscles has been proven in scientific studies to reduce snoring, improve breathing and lessen the more profound effects of sleep apnea when done according to doctor's orders.
Do not take sleeping pills if you suffer from sleep apnea. These pills are not recommended if you suffer from this condition because they relax the muscles of your throat. Skipping them can actually help you get a better night of sleep because your apnea symptoms are not aggravated.
Sleeping at a high altitude can worsen your sleep apnea because of the lower levels of oxygen. If you are going to a place located higher than what you are used to, take a CPAP machine with you. The best thing to do would be to completely avoid high altitude.
Try your best to maintain a regular sleeping schedule. When your body gets into a customary sleeping cycle, you will find yourself getting a better night's sleep, and you will also be more relaxed. Several studies have shown that apnea episodes decrease when a person is not sleep deprived or stressed out.
The first thing to do when you think you are dealing with sleep apnea is to discover if it is really apnea or just advanced snoring. If you have a loved one sleeping with you, this can be done alone at home, but if not you may need to visit a sleep clinic.
Drink one cup of caffeinated coffee a few hours before you go to sleep. It may seem silly to drink a caffeine drink at night, but this can actually help keep your throat open while you sleep. You may have to play around with what time you drink the coffee to avoid restlessness.
If simple changes in your lifestyle, such as regular sleep hours and losing weight, have not eliminated your sleep apnea episodes, it is time to consult with a sleep specialist. The specific causes of your sleep apnea can be evaluated, and an individual treatment plan can be designed for you.
Life after your CPAP diagnosis may seem overwhelming at first. However, there is a lot of help to be found if you look for it. This article has shared just a few easy ideas for dealing with your sleep condition. Start applying these today, and you will feel more in control of your life in no time.
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