Going on a cruise adventure, especially for the first time, can be invigorating and exciting. It can also be overwhelming. With the ability to hold between 3,500–5,000 passengers nowadays, you are basically setting sail with a small town full of strangers. And, because there is such a diverse group of passengers, there are going to be a lot of amenities offered in an effort to please as many people as they possibly can. This is an important thing to know in advance. Cruise ships are not the best environment for introverts.

Your first important decision will be on deciding where…


Some of the world’s most uncommon places offer the greatest experiences for visitors. Many of these off-the-beaten-path locations allow people to try new adventures and learn about different sides of life. These five uncommon destinations are among the world’s best places for a vacation.

Mont Ste. Michele, France: People often envision the Eiffel Tower or wine country when they think of France, but this historical gem is also worth visiting. Mont Ste. Michele is situated on a tidal island that becomes completely surrounded by water during the high tide. …


Traveling with the entire family can be a wonderful experience that everyone remembers for the rest of their lives. The only downside to this experience is that it requires a lot of downtime at the airport and on the airplane. The long wait to get to the destination is especially tough when you are traveling with kids. They simply do not know how to handle spending hours in a small confined space. These are the four things you must pack in your kid’s carry-on bag in order to make your flight as smooth as possible.

Hard Candy

Kids are known…


As a travel and vacation enthusiast, it is always an exciting opportunity to plan your first vacation. Europe is one of the top tourist destinations globally that you may find interesting and memorable upon visiting. Planning your European vacation requires much due diligence of research and planning. Here are the top factors to consider to ensure that you thoroughly plan for your European vacation and thus have an exciting holiday.

Put your documents in order

The first thing to do is to ensure that you qualify to travel to Europe. You should find out from the local European embassy on…


When travelers visit different countries around the world, they often indulge in local dishes. Each country and region have dishes for which they are known. However, some cuisine options are among the most popular on the planet.

Italy — The Mediterranean country remains at the top of the list for having dishes beloved by people of other cultures. The location of Italy is also known for having one of the healthiest diets in the world. Italy is known for pizza. The types include Neapolitan or Roman versions. The Neapolitan-style pizza is smaller and has a thick crust. The Roman-style is…


Sleep is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is a primary function for all human beings, much like drinking or eating. During sleep, the body is working hard to repair, process, and support things, including brain activity and overall physical health. Proper sleep also encourages growth and development for all children and teens.

What Affects Does Sleep Have on Immunity?

Cytokines are small proteins that are important to cell signaling. The immune system secretes cytokines and affects other cells within the body.

Without proper sleep, the body tends to make fewer cytokines. This protein is responsible for targeting infection and inflammation. …


Sleep is a complex enigma that researchers still have yet to crack. However, they do know that a lot occurs inside the body when sleeping — namely, that it cycles through REM and non-REM (NREM) phases of sleep.

There are three stages to NREM sleep, which comes before REM sleep. during NREM typically lasts between 5 to 15 minutes, and the body will go through each of them before transitioning into REM. During the first stage, the eyes are closed, and the body has just fallen into a void, becoming tired; it is easy to wake a person in this…


The sunshine state is filled with outstanding national parks for you to visit. Whether you want to see wildlife in action, check out ancient forests, or relax on a beach, there’s a park for everyone!

Biscayne — Just off the coast of Miami, Biscayne is a haven for stunning water and coral reefs. You’ll be able to take in wildlife and 10,000 years of human history at once. This area is known for the many pirate shipwrecks that fill the water. If you choose to go for a dive or snorkel make sure to take a guided tour of the…


Patients are commonly diagnosed with sleep apnea following when a sleep disorder specialist obtains a medical history and perform a physical exam. Affected patients commonly complain of habitual snoring and an inability to get quality sleep. They also have larger neck sizes and a smaller upper respiratory airway. Individuals suspected to have the disorder typically undergo a sleep study. However, recent research reveals that specific blood tests may hasten diagnosis and treatment.

Biomarker Study

The research involved 264 male adults from various locations. Blood samples were taken from each of the men and tested for various levels that included C-reactive…


Statistics indicate that nearly 42 million adults living in the United States live with sleep apnea. If not diagnosed and treated, the disorder often leads to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other health issues. A study performed by researchers found that a large number of African-American adults live with sleep apnea that has not been diagnosed or treated.

Jackson Heart Sleep Study

The study involved 852 men and women of African-American descent for the project. The average age of the adults was 63. During the course of the sleep study, the researchers found 24 percent of…

Alex Lucio

Alex Lucio is the CEO at 3B Medical, Inc., a manufacturer & distributor of medical devices for the treatment of sleep disorders. Learn more at AlexLucio.net

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store