Does your partner complain of loud or chronic snoring? Do you wake up gasping for breath? Or perhaps you suffer from extreme fatigue, irritability and poor concentration through the day. If so you could be one of the millions who suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea affects breathing when you’re sleeping and leads to very shallow or short lapses in breath. This can typically last 10 to 20 seconds and occur hundreds of times a night leading to interrupted sleep and preventing you from getting the deep restorative sleep your body needs. If you are obese, over the age of 65 and a smoker you are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Treatment is diverse and ranges from medical treatment such as breathing devices, using supplemental oxygen, medication and even surgery to natural cures for sleep apnea that involve changing your lifestyle or giving up unhealthy habits.
Sometimes there is an underlying medical condition causing the apnea, such as a neuromuscular or heart disorder. It is important to have a checkup with your doctor before undergoing any costly medical treatment.
There may be many factors contributing to your sleep apnea. Without hard data it’s all speculation. This is where sleep tracking technology comes in.
Sleep Monitoring Technology
Monitoring your sleep using sleep monitoring products like Zeo and Fitbit can help pinpoint exactly what is leading to restless nights. It can help you reduce; even eliminate sleep apnea in some cases. For some it may be reducing their weight, for others it may involve giving up smoking or simply sleeping on one’s side.
While I do not suffer from apnea myself I can speak from experience. I used to work nights and sleep through the day. Just by reducing the amount of light in my room using black-out blinds I was able to sleep more deeply and wake up feeling more refreshed. Making small changes to your environment can make a significant difference to how well you sleep so it is important to know what these factors are.
Sleep monitoring devices also track sleep changes and can tell you how long you slept, when you slept and when you woke from sleep. These devices are becoming increasingly more accurate and offer a great way to manage sleep apnea by discovering the cause and symptoms. While at one time sleep tracking technology was only available to medical practitioners, this technology is now available to the consumer.
Zeo is probably one of the most sophisticated as it can track brainwaves and tell you how long you’re in REM sleep or deep sleep. It can be used in conjunction with online tools and journals so you can monitor your sleep over a period of time and pin point any habits contributing to your sleep apnea.
Fitbit and Sleep Cycle work a lot differently to Zeo in that they monitor motion instead of brain activity. They provide you with very different information but all have the stated goal of improving sleep.
Sleep monitoring technology can help you diagnose and treat sleep apnea and they are also useful for those suffering from other sleep related disorders. By pin pointing the cause of sleepless nights and making the necessary lifestyle changes you can manage or eliminate those sleepless nights for good.