Sleep Apnea - 7 Tips To Help You Sleep

Written by Donald Saunders

Do you keep your partner awake at night with your snoring? Are you often tired duringrepparttar day? Do you sometimes find yourself suffering from morning headaches, being a bit forgetful, unable to concentrate and irritable? If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a very common and often undiagnosed sleep disorder that, according to some estimates, affects five percent ofrepparttar 151200 adult population. Characterized in particular by loud snoring and daytime tiredness, sleep apnea occurs because you stop breathing during sleep. This can occur literally hundreds of times each night and your breathing can be interrupted by up to a minute or more on each occasion.

Your breathing is interrupted either by a physical blockage to your airway (for example, loose skin inrepparttar 151201 back of your throat, or perhaps your tongue, blocking your airway), in which case you are said to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, or by a failure onrepparttar 151202 part of your brain to send outrepparttar 151203 necessary signals torepparttar 151204 muscles of your body that control breathing, in which event your condition is described as central sleep apnea.

It is also possible to suffer from mixed sleep apnea which, asrepparttar 151205 name suggests, is a combination of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Both men and women suffer from sleep apnea, althoughrepparttar 151206 condition is more commonly seen in men and, in particular, men who are over 40 and overweight.

The main consequence of sleep apnea is that, because your sleep is very light, fragmented and of poor quality, you also suffer from insomnia, or excessive daytime tiredness. Your partner would probably disagree and say thatrepparttar 151207 main problem is your snoring, but that’s a different story!

There are a range of treatments available for sleep apnea (including surgery in particularly severe cases), but inrepparttar 151208 vast majority of cases your quality of life can be improved considerably with a few simple lifestyle changes and natural remedies. Indeed, in mild cases, this is often all that is needed.

Here are 7 simple tips to offsetrepparttar 151209 effects of sleep apnea related insomnia and restore some of that lost daytime ‘get up and go’.

Tip 1. Look at your weight.

If you’re overweight then this is undoubtedly contributing to your problem. Losing just a few pounds can make a significant difference.

Tip 2. Avoid alcohol.

Alcohol relaxes your throat muscles and this makes it much easier for these muscles to ‘collapse’ during sleep and block your airway. There’s no need to cut out alcohol altogether, but you should restrict your intake and certainly cut out alcohol inrepparttar 151210 three or four hours before going to bed.

Change your mattress for back pain relief...

Written by Thomas Jay Wacker

Change your mattress for back pain relief...

Back pain can be a serious problem that can bring relief by choosingrepparttar proper kind of mattress. Normally, back pain comes from things like bad posture, improper lifting, injury,repparttar 151199 wrong kind of mattress and especially gravity. A mattress that offers pain relief will always provide good firm back support, as well as offering a peaceful sleep. Gravity isrepparttar 151200 main reason people look for relief of back pain. Due torepparttar 151201 weight ofrepparttar 151202 individual, their posture,repparttar 151203 way they lift,repparttar 151204 mattress they sleep on or a combination of any or all of these, people tend to complain of back pain, and search desperately for relief, which perhaps can be achieved by choosing a properly balanced mattress designed to meetrepparttar 151205 needs of each individual sleeper.

No conclusive studies have actually been shown to prove what kind of mattress is best for pain relief, as it would be a study that involves too many variables. For example, a husband with twicerepparttar 151206 body mass as his petite wife is obviously going to use a different kind of mattress than her. In such a case, whererepparttar 151207 husband isrepparttar 151208 one who suffers from chronic back pains, maybe by choosing a mattress more suited to his needs, rather than hers,repparttar 151209 problem could be resolved. However, in theory, if they were to choose a firmer mattress that is properly fitted torepparttar 151210 husbands needs,repparttar 151211 wife would then in turn begin to suffer from a bad nights sleep. This theory alone however notrepparttar 151212 case with foam mattresses, would be a whole thesis for time and money consuming research.

However inconclusive studies may be at present, both scientific researchers andrepparttar 151213 common layman will agree onrepparttar 151214 logic of gravity. Gravity surrounds us, binds us, is in everything, a tree, a rock, a cloud, even a bird are all subject to gravity’s will. The human spine is no exception. Humans walk upright, butrepparttar 151215 human head weighs itself uponrepparttar 151216 spine, and back muscles. As dorepparttar 151217 internal organs,repparttar 151218 body cavity and arms. Hence slouching over, andrepparttar 151219 tendency to pick things up slouched over. Slouching into injury and back pain that could potentially be relieved with a properly chosen mattress that fitsrepparttar 151220 users needs.

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