Choosing New Toilets

I can proudly say that I am quite pleased with the new toilets that have been installed in my bathroom and I am so glad that we went with the design we did in the end. It certainly elevates the overall look and feel of the room and I think that all of the time we took investing it was worth it. I was also pleased that friends and family members came by and let me know that they were quite pleased with our aesthetics. In the future, I will have more confidence in my skills as a DIYer. I also believe that more people should consider it as it was not as difficult as I imagined it would be. In fact, the entire process was a bit fun in the end and I learned a lot.

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Since we had not gone through a project like this at our home ever before, we had to turn to a few friends that were able to help guide us through the process. I understand now that selecting the best toilet for your bathroom can be a bigger issue for those people that are not used to making these decisions. And before you get started, I would advise anyone to brush up on the basics to plumbing so that you won’t encounter any surprises that may end up costing you an arm and a leg. Changing a toilet may seem like a job that is utterly thankless, but at the end of the day, your life will much easier since you will have the satisfaction of knowing it was installed by you. Here are the basics to selecting new toilets.


Selecting the right Height for Your toilet


They come in more than one height unbeknownst to some people and if you are shorter or taller than the average person, this should be taken into consideration. For the most part, the majority of toilets will work for most households.


Dual-Flush vs. Other Toilet Models



There are more types of toilets on the market these days and that means you can purchase a toilet that uses even less water than ever before. If you are replacing an older toilet, you should consider buying a new dual-flush option that will save you money long-term. They may cost more in the beginning, but from the reviews I have gone over, they are able to cover their costs in less than a year. I have had several friends suggest them to us and I feel like they are the best option for most homes these days.


One-Piece Toilet vs. Two-Piece toilet

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This is another option that must be considered and it really comes down to your personal preference. One-piece toilets compared to two-piece toilets are much easier to clean, but they both have a sleek profile and this is why it all comes down to aesthetics for many people. I think that most people are fine either way, but I suggest checking out a few before you decide on the right one for your household.

Fall Asleep Quickly

For those that have it hard to fall asleep when they are somewhere new, they are more aware of how important it is to be well rested when on vacation. Over the years, I have always had a rough time of it when trying to sleep on the road and I am constantly asking others on how they go about it. My friends have been able to give me a few suggestions and I am at liberty to share them with others whenever they ask.


Everyone wants a good upgrade wherever they can get it, and that extends to having nice mattresses and pillows at hotels wherever we stay. I am a believer in having great sleeping patterns and that is why I think looking for solutions is always the best way to get over the struggle. Studies have shown that sleeping properly can make you feel good across the board – mind, body and spirit. I have always been jealous of those people that can fall asleep instantly. But I have been living long enough to know that there are many others that have lots of trouble falling or staying asleep during the night. If you don’t have proper sleep, you might find that over time that it affects the brain and the body, including memory, learning, emotions, mood, and other biological functions. Here are some things that you can do to fall asleep better.


Lowering the Temperature of the Room

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When you are sleeping, the temperature of the body changes and can increase in your feet and hands by about two to three degrees. If your room is too hot, you will have a harder time getting any sleep. Try setting the thermostat between 60 to 75 degrees. It is amazing what only a few degrees can do to your sleeping patterns.


Breathing Methods


I have heard of the 4-7-8 method working for many people as it is an impressive breathing approach that helps to promote relaxation and calmness. I know that some people claim that it helps them unwind right before going to sleep. The 4-7-8 method has been shown to relax your nervous system while sleeping, and plus it can be practiced at any time if you are feeling stressed out or anxious.


Maintaining a Schedule

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You work certain hours every day, so why not making a pattern for sleeping? Our bodies have a regulatory system known as the circadian rhythm and this internal clock can really make an impact and how we function and feel on a daily basis. I have read many studies that indicate 7 to 9 hours a night of sleep suffices and has been deemed optimal for adults. I personally prefer to give myself about an hour before bedtime to unwind and relax.


Get the daylight


If you get enough daylight, you may find that it helps you sleep better at night. Darkness has also been shown to promote the production of one of the most essential hormones for sleeping, melatonin.