We have all had nights it seems when we have had trouble sleeping. You may toss and turn and find yourself looking up at the ceiling. You may struggle to drop off, but some sleep problems can be potentially dangerous. If you suffer from the disorder called sleep apnea, it could have lasting consequences for your health, so you must be careful.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition where someone’s breathing is interrupted while they sleep. If unchecked, sufferers can continually stop breathing, often as much as hundreds of times, during the night. Resulting in the brain and the body being deprived of oxygen which could be life-threatening.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, otherwise referred to as OSA, is one of the most widespread types of the disorder. Brought on by an airway blockage caused by the soft tissue in the back of the throat breaking down as you sleep.
Many also suffer from a disorder called Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) which differs as there is no blockage of the airway. Instead, due to a problem with the respiratory control centre, the brain fails to send signals to the muscles controlling breathing when you are asleep, so the condition should be closely monitored.
Research from the University of Maryland suggests sleeping on one’s side rather than back can increase the quality of sleep:
“As a first step in dealing with sleep apnea, the patient should simply try rolling over onto the side. Patients who sleep on their backs and have 50 – 80 apneas per hour can sometimes nearly eliminate them when they shift to one side or the other. (Changing positions is less effective the more overweight a person is, but it still helps.)”
The research suggests that a foam mattress helps distribute body weight pressure, and may help those with apnea.
Sleep apnea can affect all ages and, if untreated, it can lead to a wide range of health issues from emotional problems like ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and depression to physical ailments such as headaches, diabetes and high blood pressure. Sleep apnea can also increase the possibility of a stroke and an irregular heartbeat, which could bring on a heart attack or heart failure. Only highlighting the impact a condition like sleep apnea can have on your life and wellbeing.
Although there’s no proof that buying a new bed reduces sleep apnea, it certainly makes sense that those suffering with sleep apnea have a comfortable bed. Contact us to find out more about our extensive range of foam mattresses and complete beds.
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