Most people associate sleep apnea with heavy snoring, which is a common symptom. Sleep apnea occurs when an individual's breathing repeatedly pauses, stops and starts, or is low throughout the night. Common symptoms for apnea sufferers are daytime fatigue and heavy, loud snoring. The causes for apnea vary.
The Effects of Sleep Apnea
Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to serious consequences. Though sufferers never fully wake from their struggles to breathe, they do experience an extended cycle of micro-arousals every night. People with sleep apnea lose roughly 1/3 night’s sleep every night. This effect can also carry over to bedmates who, in turn, suffer from interrupted sleep because of secondhand snoring.
Apnea sufferers run up a massive sleep debt. They also experience a myriad of secondary symptoms that disrupt normal functions. Some of these symptoms include daytime fatigue and drowsiness, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder(GERD), night sweats, morning headaches, raspy voice, loss of hearing, high blood pressure, and weight gain. In turn, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease and other coronary complications, including heart attacks and strokes.
Alternative Treatments for Sleep Apnea
For anyone suffering from sleep apnea, a good place to start is positional therapy—managing symptoms through controlled sleep postures. The SC41 mattress system is designed to help you sleep comfortably in the most beneficial postures for unobstructed breathing. Elevated sleeping, side-sleeping, and sleeping on a supportive pillow all make excellent additions to prescribed treatments. Our flexible mattress designs and high-contour slat system support comfortable side-sleeping. We also manufacture our own 100% natural latex sleep wedge to create gentle, comfortable incline. Our Oxygen Pillow promotes healthy nighttime breathing by providing proper alignment and elevation of the head, neck, and torso.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, you can visit our store and test out a range of helpful products. Our staff can help assess your current sleep habits and make recommendations on how they might be improved. When it comes to improving sleep quality, we are firm believers that every little bit counts. We also believe that incorporating benign, affordable, and easy-to-use products makes good sense.