Snoring? Sleep apnea? Whatever happened to counting sheep and drifting peacefully off to sleep? Think about this: about 20 per cent of the population snores at night. And now this: snoring can be the result of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that collapses the muscles of the sleeper, thereby blocking their windpipe. So again, sufferers of sleep apnea are woken several times a night.
Now whether you are the snorer or sleep apnea sufferer getting dug in the ribs multiple times nightly by your frustrated partner or you are the one doing the digging, one thing is for sure: sleep time is disrupted. For anyone with either or both of these conditions, sleep is more like a tiring stop-start ordeal than a smooth continuous ride.
Snoring often attracts tags like ‘embarrassing’ or ‘annoying’. Sleep apnea is more serious but can still instigate chuckles among the uninitiated. Yet these conditions should not be merely laughed off and lived with. Both are linked directly with serious health problems including:
- Heart disease
- Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Snorers and sleep apnea sufferers often despair. No matter how many times they awaken, change position, rearrange pillows and try their best not to engage in their involuntary nighttime pursuits, it is usually all for naught. Yet there is light at the end of the tunnel, not to mention a better night’s sleep.
Adjustable beds can naturally readjust a sleeping person’s airway, alleviating both sleep apnea and snoring. A further bonus is that you do not have to arouse yourself from slumber in order to reshuffle your airways, so a better quality sleep is enjoyed by all. With the option of elevating your head higher than your feet, you can automatically increase your airway as you sleep. Electronic beds offer smooth touch-point operation. You can even get built-in massage options and heat functions to further increase your in-slumber comfort.
Now, of course, snoring and sleep apnea cannot be cured by adjustable beds alone. Yet the innovative functionality of these sleeping aids can help to end these conditions. So say goodnight to sleep disruption and welcome a new dawn of sound quality sleep.
Henry Ford Health System. “Don’t ignore the snore: Snoring may be early sign of future health risks.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 January 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130124122741.htm>.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Sleep Heart Health Study (SHHS). September 1994 – May 2011