Sleep Apnea : Can a mattress cure?
Getting a good night’s rest is essential for good health, but people with sleep apnea aren’t able to succumb to slumber.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen.
Sleep apnea is becoming common, affecting people lives and health. But most people with the problem haven’t been diagnosed. The problem is more common in men, and associated with being overweight and over 40. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked with high blood pressure, memory problems, weight gain, headaches and car crashes.
Priya Menon, 48, of Bangalore, says constant tiredness is the worst part of having sleep apnea. “You don’t have enough energy for everything and anything. The fatigue never leaves you” she says. She was not aware of the problem until she was diagnosed with it.
There are many people like Priya who remain unaware of sleep apnea.
Types of Sleep Apnea
- Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway, often causing you to snore loudly.
- Central sleep apnea is a much less common type of sleep apnea that involves the central nervous system, occuring when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing. People with central sleep apnea seldom snore.
- Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Signs and symptons
It can be tough to identify sleep apnea on your own, since the most prominent symptoms only occur when you’re asleep.
- Choking, snorting, or gasping during sleep
- Pauses in breathing
Sleep apnea treatments range from lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or changing sleep positions, to CPAP therapy, to surgery.
Mild cases of sleep apnea can be treated by changing your behaviour, for example:
- Losing weight.
- Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills.
- Changing sleep positions to improve breathing.
- Stopping smoking. Smoking can increase the swelling in the upper airway, which may worsen
both snoring and apnea.
- Avoiding sleeping on your back.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Continuous positive airway pressure — also called CPAP — is a treatment in which a mask is worn over the nose and/or mouth while you sleep. The mask is hooked up to a machine that delivers a continuous flow of air into the nose. This air flow helps keep the airways open so that breathing is regular.
What is the role of mattress in relieving sleep apnea ?
The one way a mattress can assist with sleep apnea is to ensure it is comfortable and supportive enough to allow you to sleep on your side.
Sleeping on your back worsens sleep apnea and, while sleeping on your side can improve it.
Sleeping On Your Side
Sleeping on side is also known as positional therapy or positional treatment and is an alternative to CPAP.
Choice of right mattress for side sleeping is important so as to be comfortable enough for the body to stay there when you are asleep.
If mattress is too firm side sleeping becomes uncomfortable and you naturally roll onto your back.
The same is true of a mattress that sags too much. The heavier shoulder will sink too deep without support, causing an uncomfortable strain.
Innerspring mattresses in general are poor for side sleeping as they can create pressure points on those heavier shoulder and pelvis areas.
The best option is a medium firm mattress that has enough give for comfort, while also providing enough support. A mattress made out of latex or memory foam is going to give you that body contoring comfort without the painful pressure points .
Try Restolex range of latex and memory foam mattresses today to encourage you to sleep on your side and staying there throughout the night thereby relieving yourself from the effects of sleep apnea.
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