Treating Sleep Apnea
Snoring is no mystery. If you snore, you know about it. You’ve either woken yourself up sawing logs, or a loved one has broken the news to you, either in jest or in manic, sleepless rage. But snoring is just one of many disruptors that can keep you up at night, and can often point to bigger issues, often less noisy, but concerning all the same. You can help treat these issues, thankfully, and it all starts with the right mattress and pillow. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to sleep, but one size does properly fit you. Find your fit with our exclusive in-store Sleep Assessment at a Mattress Warehouse near you!
Don’t ignore your snore! It can point to something more serious, such as sleep apnea. Almost half of all people who loudly snore suffer from undiagnosed sleep apnea that interrupts breathing, denies your brain ideal oxygen, wakes you up frequently, strains your heart, and leads to poor, unfulfilling sleep. With time, these issues will multiply into higher blood pressure, depression, headaches, and even diabetes and stroke! Anyone can be affected, but if you are male, overweight, over 40, have a family history with the condition, or have a large neck, tonsils, or tongue, you are especially at risk.
An unusually loud snore. A dry or sore throat. Waking up at night with a gasp. Fighting insomnia, morning headaches, and consistent sleepiness. These may hint at a problem. You may ultimately require testing to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea, and may be treated with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which is a nighttime mask that forces air through your nose. This is not ideal, of course, but there are some small lifestyle changes you can try before it gets to this point:
-Losing weight, cutting out cigarettes and alcohol, and switching up how you sleep (avoiding your back in particular) can help slow down sleep apnea’s effects.
-Keep track of your sleep habits with a journal to better inform your doctor when the time comes for a professional opinion.
-Much like snoring, investing in an adjustable base can be a superior, flexible solution. They enable you to ergonomically position your body for comfortable sleep, open your windpipe for eased breathing, and relieve stress from pressure points.
Hopefully these tips have pointed you in the direction of better sleep and less disruptions. If you can’t seem to shake them no matter what you try, it’s time to consider a professional opinion from the appropriate doctor. Either way, a better mattress is the first step. Visit one of our local showrooms today!