According to a study by Aga Khan University’s Medical College, around 12% of Pakistani adults are thought to be at “high risk” of developing “obstructive sleep apnea”.
It’s when the soft tissues of a person’s throat collapse – while they’re sleeping – blocking airflow. They literally stop breathing in their sleep, sometimes for as long as 30 seconds. And it doesn’t just happen once or twice, but often more than several dozen times in an hour. Choked out of oxygen.
It’s a common sleep disorder, and it’s often associated with people who snore.
In fact, the National Sleep Foundation estimates that as many as half of those who snore may suffer from sleep apnea. Especially when their snoring causes them to wake up during the night.
WebMD, a trusted source of medical news and advice based in the United States, explains how sleep apnea – if left untreated – can lead to other, far more serious, health problems.
- High blood pressure – sleep apnea can make hypertension even worse, due to the stress of waking up often and the havoc that wreaks on our hormones.
- Heart disease – the disruption to our brain’s oxygen levels makes it difficult to regulate how blood flows, increasing our risk of strokes, heart attacks, and other lethal trauma.
- Diabetes – sleep disruption, from apnea, has been shown to reduce our bodies’ ability to create insulin, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
- Weight gain – not only can obesity increase your chances of suffering from sleep apnea, but sleep apnea makes it more difficult to lose weight and keep it off.
- Asthma – although research on the link between sleep apnea and asthma is thin right now, it seems that folks who treat their sleep apnea may have fewer asthma attacks.
- Acid reflux – again, this is more anecdotal, but sleep doctors report that sleep apnea seems to be a cause, or at least a contributing factor, of acid reflux AKA “heartburn”.
- Car accidents – not a health condition, however, according to WebMD, people who suffer from sleep apnea are Five Times more likely to be involved in car accident.
Treatments for sleep apnea do exist, but they are not pleasant.
For example, the most common solution, which doctors often recommend, is a “continuous positive airway pressure” (CPAP) machine. These machines hook up to a face mask, which pumps air down the throat and into the lungs, helping a person to breathe more easily. Not only are they expensive, but you need to sleep with a mask and hose attached to your face – like in a hospital ward.
Other solutions include – sleeping with strange appliances in one’s mouth, nerve simulators (which basically electrocute a person into sleeping with their airways open), or even invasive surgery.
And none of those sound any better!
Thankfully, there is a more dignified and comfortable solution for sleep apnea and snoring – one that does not involve you spending Rs 100,000+ on a CPAP machine, or having to try and sleep in an intensive-care hospital mask, or have a surgeon cut at your throat.
What’s more, this solution has been shown to soothe, alleviate, and even relieve neck pain, by allowing your spine to rest in its natural posture, free of any stress or discomfort.
A Custom-Tailored Pillow — handmade, by skilled tailors and seamstresses, to no less than 14 of your unique measurements, guaranteed to keep your neck and airway in its natural alignment.
You see, sleeping on a pillow that keeps your head, neck, shoulders, and upper back raised at the right alignment helps to keep your airways from collapsing, which can help with sleep apnea and reduce snoring. However, that pillow also needs to have exactly the right level of firmness.
Sleep apnea is pure medical condition. Plz consult any pulmonologist, who will do sleep study.
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