Sleep Apnoea – Everything you need to know

Sleep apnoea is proving to be a continuous and growing problem within the UK. As 1/3 of our lives are spent sleeping, ensuring to take precautions to have quality sleep on a regular basis is crucial for health reasons and energy levels. it is estimated that 13% of adult men (aged 20-70) & 6% of adult women suffer from sleep Apnoea (SATA, Sleep Apnoea trust Association).

In essence that is according to the NHS 4 million people across the nation that have to tolerate the effects that this condition may cause. However, what is sleep apnoea? Many are of the misconception is that it is someone who has a really bad snoring problem. The truth is the issue is a lot more serious than that. In this post we aim to look at sleep apnoea as a condition. 

What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a serious sleeping disorder that occurs when a persons breathing is repeatedly interrupted during their sleep. These interruptions are common during a nights sleep and can occur once every ten minutes & in severe cases, once every 30 seconds. it is down to how the muscles that support the soft tissues in the throat i.e. tongue & palate react.

Sleep apnoea causes these muscles to temporarily relax, and when these muscles relax, the airways narrow and close off causing your breathing to momentarily cut off. The result of these interruptions have a significant effect on sleep quality. Reaching the deep restorative sleep the body needs is then made difficult to attain. This then causes tiredness, lethargy and many other sleep related effects which then affects our mood and inability towards a productive day. In vast majority of cases, snoring is frequent and loud during sleep which is obstructed by by brief pauses and choking noises.  

The dangers of Sleep Apnoea

While sleep apnoea is not a life threatening condition it should be treated or advice should be sought as soon as possible. Sleep apnoea increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and other health related problems. The frequent breathing interruptions deplete oxygen to the muscles that need it the most. The brain is deprived of oxygen and this requires the heart to work harder in order to restore oxygen levels back to normal. 

In addition to this, people experience constant tiredness in which they would remain irritated and have a lack of concentration; which often cause work and domestic related problems. Tiredness can greatly increase the risk of causing an accident should you operate machinery or drive a vehicle.

Cpap pillow for Sleep Apnoea

Many treatments are available to ease the symptoms of this sleeping condition. The main treatment which most people resort to or is provided by the NHS is the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine.

This particular type of treatment will have one of the following:

  • A mask that covers your nose or mouth
  • A mask that only covers your nose. This is often known as NCPAP
  • Prongs that fit into your nose

This treatment isn’t the most comfortable and can take time to get used to. The sensation of air being pressured into the lungs often requires adjustment.  When comfortable, it proves to then be a life changing therapy.

To support people with Sleep Apnoea we stock and sell the world leading CPAP pillow which is designed to work with the CPAP machine. Our Pillows in the CPAP range have supported people with sleep apnoea for over 20 years. These are quality pillows which provide a premium sleeping experience.

The pillows we sell are essential to the road for recovery when overcoming Sleep Apnoea disorder. it is one of the most effective and least invasive sleep therapy options. It provides orthopaedic support by aligning your neck and spine to reduce muscle soreness and works by releasing constant pressurised airflow to the sleepers airways.

This pillow is specifically designed for individuals who use the CPAP machine as therapy. 

References

For more information on sleep apnoea or to explore some of the issues we discuss please have a look at the following links for reference:

If you have any questions or would like to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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