Television and newspaper advertisements are always bombarding us with the latest and greatest mattresses on the market. They make all kinds of claims in order to entice us to purchase their products – like a quality night’s sleep, less tossing and turning, more support, better comfort, and the ever-important relief from chronic back pain. However, even though these are all desirable qualities to look for when researching a new mattress, if you suffer from sleep apnea, it is very important to know that there is not a mattress on the planet that will cure you from this disorder.
Sleep apnea is one of over 70 known sleep disorders, and according to an article posted in the New York Times, none of these sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, can be treated or cured with the purchase of a pricey new mattress, or even a bargain mattress at that. Mattresses in general are not the answer, but proper sleep apnea treatment from a Austin dentist, such as Dr. Dan Matthews, can do wonders for those who suffer from this disorder.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is described as abnormal pauses in breathing, or low breathing. The “apnea” is the actual pause in ones breathing that can take place several times in an hour, and each pause can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
The three types of sleep apnea that can affect both adults and children are known as: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), Central sleep apnea, and Complex sleep apnea, with Obstructive being the most common of the three.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the airway becomes obstructed or severely narrowed due to a soft palate collapse. People who are overweight often fit into this category because they have excessive fat deposits in their throat and neck. However, being overweight is not that only condition for OSA. Other people suffer from OSA due to tongue, tonsil, and other various soft tissues in their throats.
Central sleep apnea is the least common of all three sleep apnea disorders and occurs when the brain just simply forgets to tell the body to breathe, which is due to a problem in the respiratory control centers that are housed in the brain.
Complex sleep apnea is the second most common apnea, and is a basically just a mixture of OSA and Central sleep apnea. When OSA goes without treatment, the brain eventually becomes affected and then one will experience both types of apneas.
The treatment of sleep apnea usually is based upon its severity. If it is a mild case, then lifestyle and behavioral changes, as discussed in our article, Lifestyle Changes – A Common Sense Fix For Sleep Apnea can help significantly. However, if it is determined that the apnea disorder is more advanced, various other treatments, including sleep apnea appliances are available.
The bottom line is don’t rush out and purchase a new mattress for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, instead, call Dr. Dan Matthews’ Austin dental office today or schedule an appointment online to get the information and support you need to treat your pre-diagnosed sleep apnea disorder.