Sleep Apnea Pillow for Side Sleepers

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. It occurs when the muscles of the throat relax too much, blocking the upper airway and preventing airflow from reaching the lungs. This can lead to pauses in breathing that last for 10 seconds or more, causing loud snoring and disrupted sleep. In severe cases, it can even cause oxygen deprivation, leading to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular issues. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which affects around 18 million Americans each year. Other types include central sleep apnea (CSA) and complex sleep apnea syndrome (CSAS).

Treatment for OSA typically involves lifestyle changes such as weight loss or avoiding alcohol before bedtime; however, some people may require additional interventions such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy or oral appliance therapy. CPAP machines provide pressurized air through a mask worn over the nose while sleeping; this helps keep the airways open by providing extra pressure against them so they donโ€™t collapse during inhalation. Oral appliances are designed to hold your lower jaw forward while youโ€™re asleep so that your tongue doesnโ€™t fall back into your throat and block your airways.

Sleep apnea can have serious consequences if left untreated; however with proper diagnosis and treatment options available it can be managed effectively allowing individuals to live healthier lives free from its effects.