What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a medical disorder that affects the respiratory system. The breathing repeatedly stops and starts while sleeping which can cause snoring and tiredness. Sleep apnea can result in certain health issues including high blood pressure and Heart-related disorders. Snoring is one of the primary symptoms of sleep apnea.
However, snoring can be a result of other health issues such as old age and an overweight body. How do you differentiate between normal snoring and sleep apnea related snoring? If the person is snoring louder than the normal snoring and feels restless while sleeping then they should visit a medical expert. It can be a symptom of sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Very loud snoring
- Gasping for breath during sleep
- Waking up with a dry mouth and tiredness
- Excessive sleeping in the daytime
- Difficulty in sleeping for a long time at night
Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be primarily categorized into obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
1. Obstructive sleep apnea
In this condition, the muscles in the back of our throat relax while we sleep, resulting in a narrowed down or closed airway that lowers the oxygen level in the body. As soon as the brain senses this, it arouses you from sleep to open the airway. This is a very brief process for us to remember after waking up. There are high chances of choking which calls for immediate measures to cure sleep apnea.
2. Central sleep apnea
This is caused by the failure of the Brain to transmit signals for breathing to the breathing muscles. No effort for breathing may wake you up or cause difficulty in sleeping.
- Excessive weight : Obesity can lead to fat deposits in the upper airway that narrows the passage for breathing and obstructs it.
- Thicker neck circumference: People with thick necks may have narrow airways that could obstruct breathing while sleeping.
- Inherited narrow breathing passage: You might inherit the narrow airway from your parents and forefathers
- Old age : Older people are known to be more susceptible to sleep apnea
- Smoking : Smoking can cause inflammations and fluid retention in the airway making it narrower, setting the grounds for sleep apnea.
- Use of muscle relaxing substances such as alcohol and sedatives : Such substances relax the muscles in the body including the breathing system which leads to poor breathing and hence sleep apnea.
- Nasal congestion
- Medical issues : Many medical issues such as Heart failure, Parkinson’s disease, and high blood pressure increase the chances of Obstructive sleep apnea.
- Old age: Old age people are highly susceptible to developing sleep apnea
- Heart-related disorders: Congestive Heart failure can be one of the reasons of sleep apnea
- Health issues: Health issues such as Stroke increase the chances of central sleep apnea
Can Sleeping Positions Help in Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is known to be a treatable condition. Sleep apnea patients are advised to sleep on their sides to get better sleep. In this position, the back muscles of the throat do not slip into a relaxed position and obstruct breathing. However, this cannot be a solution as sleeping on the sides the entire night can be discomforting. Studies have proved that a 7.5 degrees elevation of the head from the body can help in sleep apnea. It can improve symptoms and enhance sleep quality. Sleeping at elevated angles such as 30 degrees and 60 degrees can help sleep apnea patients in getting better sleep. Recliners can be an effective solution to sleep apnea.
What Are The Potential Benefits Of Using Recliners For Sleep Apnea?
Recliners benefit sleep apnea patients in getting better sleep. An elevated head while sleeping helps obstructive sleep apnea patients in getting quality sleep. Many obstructive sleep apnea patients are also known to suffer from GERD. The increase in pressure in the chest cavity in obstructive sleep apnea increases the acid reflux. Sleeping in a reclined position does not easily allow the stomach acid to pass back into the esophagus causing GERD.
How to Select the Best Recliner?
First of all, the recliner has to be very comfortable. Then, it should offer lumbar support and should be easily adjustable. The recliner should allow you to comfortably use it for hours without any kind of pressure on the body and joints. While exploring recliners, look for a good warranty and design. Choose a recliner that not only helps patients with sleep apnea but is made for everyone and promotes good sleep. The ultimate goal should be to own a product that offers support and comfort for everyone while sleeping.
The smart adjustable recliner bed, ‘Elev8’ by The Sleep Company is a great option for relaxing and sleeping. This recliner bed has been designed by NASA to induce a Zero Gravity mode that reduces the pressure on the neck, spine, and joints to allow you to use it for long hours. The inclined head reduces snoring and promotes blood circulation.
The elevation of the head section can be easily adjusted for different daily activities such as reading and watching television. If you want to sleep in a flat position, it is just a click away. The active touch technology allows you to convert this smart recliner bed into a flat bed. The Sleep Company is taking this comfort a step ahead with a built-in massager. You can activate the built-in massager to de-stress the body before sleeping.
The sleep company provides you with all the comfort that you can desire. It uses futuristic technology and expert-approved design to offer something new and extravagant in the sleeping mattress and beds segment. The 5 years warranty and easy self-installation make this smart recliner bed a must-have. If you are dealing with sleep-related issues such as sleep apnea, then you should visit the website to explore The Sleep Company’s smart and next-gen products. Contact us to get explicit details on the quality and price.