Sleep Apnea and an Adjustable Mattress

Sleep Apnea and an Adjustable Mattress-

Sleep Apnea and the health risk it poses has been in the news again- most recently tied to increasing the risk of dying from cancer.   This is in addition to the other health issues it can bring on such as Heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Sleep Apnea is defines as “the periodic pausing of breathing during sleep that results in drops in oxygen levels in your blood.”  The more sever the Sleep Apnea, the greater the impact and likelihood of the corresponding health issues.   Sleep Apnea is more likely to appear in individuals who are overweight/obese.

The Best Mattress for a Sleep Apnea Sufferer-

An adjustable bed and mattress system may be a good option for sufferers of mild Sleep Apnea.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the airway of the sleeper collapses on itself, this is made more likely by lying on a flat surface.  An adjustable bed, where the head can be raised to a higher position allows gravity to work and make the likelihood of the airway collapse drop.

Many Sleep Apnea sufferers are overweight, some severely, and many people who are overweight have difficulty sleeping- with or without Sleep Apnea.  An adjustable bed again provides some relief.  The ability to raise and lower the head, creating less likelihood of painful pressure points while also keeping the airway clearer allows the sleeper to get a better, more restful sleep experience.

adjustable beds can help with sleep apnea

An adjustable bed can help minimize Sleep Apnea symptoms

How to minimize the affects of Sleep Apnea-

Regardless of whether you decide to get an adjustable bed, there are a number of things you can do to minimize the affects of Sleep Apnea and get a better nights rest:

  • Control your weight/lose weight if you are overweight
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Sleep on your side or stomach
  • Don’t smoke/stop smoking
  • Raise the head of your mattress 4 to 6 inches.  A system that elevates your back from the waist up, may help reduce airway collapsibility.  Do not just stick a pillow under your head, if your chin is thrust forward it can actually worsen Sleep Apnea.

For more information on Sleep Apnea, you can visit the American Sleep Apnea Association website.