Sequence of cold: feverish > sore throat > sneezing + coughing > runny nose > phlegm > back to normal

“Cold symptoms can be different for everyone, but they typically appear about one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus, peak around day four, and taper off around day seven.” [Source]

Days 1 and 2: Fatigue, Sneezing, and Sore Throat
Days 3 to 5: Nasal Symptoms and Cough
Days 6 and 7: Symptoms Ease

See also the stages described here.

Days 1-2: not many symptoms
Days 2-3: fatigue/ soreness
Days 3-4: Runny nose
Days 4-6: Congestion easing up.


Although the typical incubation period for influenza is about one to four days, some adults can be contagious from about one day before onset of symptoms for up to two weeks.  [Source]


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Upper leg nerve pain: Meralgia Paraesthetica

I’ve had this now for a while on both legs. The symptoms are getting worse now.  It is NOT the iliotibial band issue. This can lead to SIGNIFICANT DISABILITY if not treated quickly. THIS CAN GET REALLY BAD.



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A 2013 review in the International Journal of Sports Therapy suggests that stretching and strengthening exercises for the pelvis, hip, and core, as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, may be effective in relieving pain and symptoms of meralgia paresthetica. [Source]


Bridging is one exercise, which does that. It comprises of lying flat on the floor and lifting your hips up, at the same time tightening the gluteal muscles.


Hip extensions can also be done. First lie on your belly and lift your leg up while tightening the gluteals.


Standing hip abduction can be done by standing straight and slowly lifting each leg to one side while keeping the knee extended. These exercises should not cause pain in the thigh.


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Sleep therapy + snoring

How to sleep very quickly.

I’ve hit upon a 3-point RAPID SLEEP method after a lot of trial and error.

  1. Let the head sink into the bed/pillow
  2. Drive the eyes into “the garage” for the night and lock them down. This involves rolling the eyeballs and shoving them behind the upper brow.
  3. Imagine that you are watching your breath. That’s enough to clear the mind

You’ll be asleep in seconds, and won’t even know it.

This is consistent (but simpler) with the following: How to Fall Asleep in 120 Seconds

Minimise the harm from grinding teeth at night

The grinding of teeth which led to a tooth cracking and the root canal treatment forced me to seek a strong remedy.

A two-sided sleep appliance called Dorsal:

This will obviously prevent further tooth cracking, but as a result of the focus on sleep, I discovered that I snore (using Snorelab app – a simple app).

Reduce snoring

My snorelab score ranges from 22 to 79. I’ve done 5 tests by now over one month. According to the snorelab app website, I’m a MODERATE SNORER.

Anyone with a score higher than 100 should definitely get themselves screened for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, as they frequently require a stronger treatment: CPAP” 

Do I have sleep apnea? Probably not. “snoring does not necessarily mean you have sleep apnea. snoring becomes concerning when it is combined with gasping, choking or if you stop breathing while sleeping. [Source]”


Excess Weight
Nasal issues
Sleep Position
Sleeping with an Open Mouth
Weak Throat Muscles



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How to loosen tight internal muscles of the face (nose/ cheeks, etc.)

Continuous computer work has led to static load on facial muscles which “crunch” when the neck is rotated. The crunching occurs in the face.


From Livestrong

Facial Yoga

Facial yoga is a type of facial exercise that helps to promote blood circulation and relaxation within the muscles of the face. One of the basic facial yoga techniques is to first warm the palms of the hand by rubbing them together for several seconds and then to place each palm over the eyes. Next, you want to perform circular motions around the eyes with your palms, which will help to increase blood circulation in this region of the face. In addition to relieving muscle tension around the eye sockets, it’s also effective at reducing black circles around the eyes. A second type of facial yoga involves massaging the entire face in an effort to improve blood circulation to nearly every muscle of the face. To use this technique, first inhale/exhale rapidly for a 10 count to get the blood flowing. Next, start at the chin with both hands and gently massage up to the forehead using small circular motions with both sets of fingers.

Jaw Stretch

Loosen the muscles controlling the jaws by using the lower-jaw stretch. Open your mouth about an inch and move your lower jaw to the right as far as you can without experiencing any pain. Hold it there for about two seconds before relaxing. Do one side at a time and complete a total of 10 repetitions to each side. Make sure your mouth stays open approximately 1 inch during this exercise.


Simply smiling helps to loosen most of the facial muscles of your face, including those controlling your cheeks, lips and eyes. Smile as wide as you can, hold for a moment and then relax your face. Do at least 10 repetitions per set.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

This technique is designed to promote full-body relaxation, but it can also be modified to relax any one part of the body, such as muscles of the face. Before starting, you should find a quiet spot where you can sit back and relax. Close your eyes the entire time and take a few deep breaths before beginning. Start by tensing the muscles of your face as much as you can using grimacing facial expressions; hold for 10 seconds and then release. Take several deep breathes, and you will feel your facial muscles begin to relax. Alternatively, you can focus on the top facial muscles first and work your way down to the jaw and neck muscles last. Try both ways and see which works best for you. The keys to loosening up your face muscles using this technique is to remain in a comfortable position with your eyes closed and to breathe deeply the entire time.

Air Kisses

Pucker your lips, but keep your brow smooth as you blow air kisses four times. Place two fingers to your lips and blow air kisses again for three or four repetitions. Hagen says this exercise works to keep the lips strong.

Puffy Cheeks

Puff out both of your cheeks and shift the air in your mouth from one cheek to the other. Continue the exercise until you feel you are out of breath. Repeat the exercise three times to help keep your cheeks firm.

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