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At Sleep Made To Measure™ we take the health of our customers very seriously. After all the man behind the Sleep Made to Measure system (Dr. Andrew Macfarlane) has been a practicing medical professional for over three decades. It was the need for healthy and effective materials that led to the use of organic latex in the sleep made to measure line of products.

Let’s take a look at one of the most common medical conditions affecting the western world.

Sleep Apnea

While it is true that sleep apnea is treatable, often times we find that it is left undiagnosed and untreated. This leads to long term medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain and heard disease. It is important to consult your doctor if you are concerned by an inability to sleep; when sleep apnea is left untreated it prevents your body from entering a healthy sleep rhythm. This is because if you are suffering from this condition your body is forced awake frequently throughout the night from restricted air flow.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive- Involving physical issues such as the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing and restricting air flow (often resulting in snoring)
  • Central- Though less common this is when your sleep pattern is interrupted by your central nervous system not sending the proper signals to regulate breathing
  • Complex- Which is any combination of both forms of sleep apnea described above

Sleep apnea is normally treated with the use of a CPAP (continuous positive airflow pressure) machine. This uses a facial mask to regulate airflow and breathing patterns throughout the night. Another common treatment is the use of a dental splint. This repositions your jaw to increase the airflow you are able to achieve throughout the night.

There are methods you can use to help reduce the severity of your sleep apnea though. One of the most crucial is establishing a comfortable side sleeping position. When we sleep on our backs the throat is naturally constricted more. By sleeping on our side we allow the airway to remain open. This can be accomplished with the use of one of our sleep made to measure pillows. They will allow your airflow to remain open throughout the night.

Other methods of reducing the severity of sleep apnea:

  • Lose weight- this will lessen the pressure placed on your airway
  • Stop smoking- smoking will naturally inflame the airway, which restricts breathing
  • Avoid alcohol- alcohol is a natural muscle relaxer, and as such can worsen sleep apnea
  • Restrict the amount of caffeine you consume
  • Avoid large meals before bed
  • Try to establish a regular sleep schedule
  • Make use of nasal strips or sprays to open your nasal passage more
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