Sleeping disorders such as Sleep Apnea (or Sleep Apnoea) can be a very distressing and upsetting thing to experience. Tiredness and fatigue take a massive toll on your daily life – but don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be this way. If you think you are suffering from Sleep Apnea or are looking for some ways to ease the symptoms, keep reading to find out why a memory foam pillow could be just the relief you’ve been looking for.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder which causes sufferers to temporarily stop breathing while they sleep. Common causes of the condition include being overweight, smoking, nasal congestion and the menopause. Due to the nature of the condition, Sleep Apnea can go undiagnosed for long periods of time. This is potentially dangerous and also hugely disruptive to your sleep patterns.
There are two main types of Sleep Apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is often caused by the loosening and relaxing of throat muscles which causes blockages in the throat
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain doesn’t send the necessary signals and essentially ‘forgets’ to breathe during the night. Sufferers will usually snore heavily and canstop breathing for up to 20 seconds on multiple occasions throughout the night
If you believe that you are suffering from Sleep Apnea, consult your doctor.
When your body realises that your oxygen supply has been cut off, you will wake briefly or rise into a really light sleep to restore normal breathing. A constant state of light sleep means that sleep apnoea sufferers don’t get the deep rest they need. This can result in the following symptoms. You are:
Aware of waking up in the night gasping for air
Told that you snore during the night, even though you may be unaware of it yourself
Sweating excessively during the night
Tired and unable to concentrate during the day
Lacking in energy and motivation
Often waking up with a dry mouth
Easily irritable and grumpy
Told that you sometimes have breaks in your breathing whilst asleep
Often waking up with a headache
If you feel like you might be suffering from Sleep Apnea, consult your doctor.
Can a Memory Foam Pillow Help?
Yes! A memory foam pillow can help Sleep Apnea sufferers. Memory foam supports the natural curve of your neck, helping to keep your airways clear and open and facilitating breathing during the night. In addition, the moulding memory foam reduces pressure on the neck allowing your body to fully relax and rest, and reducing tossing and turning during the night.