Snoring has been an ancient problem and people from all walks of life complain about it. Back then, the public just made fun of snorers saying that it is a hilarious habit and you likely have your own personal stories to tell about your snoring grandpa, father, uncle, or even complete strangers. But in the light of modern discoveries, science has found out that snoring is actually the most predominant symptom of a deadly yet often underrated condition known as sleep apnea.
With sleep apnea, you literally stop breathing for several seconds to minutes as your brain struggles to choose between breathing and sleep. This is usually caused by an abnormal structure that causes the airway to become narrow, thus the loud snoring sound. It is essentially the air passing through your airway that causes the vibration that triggers snoring.
Over the years, we have seen our fair share of anti-snoring gadgets that promise to reduce, if not totally eradicate, snoring. Some work while others don’t and they usually come at a price. You’re no longer forced to use CPAP because many are apparently not a big fan of it.
We’ve all been told that unplugging — putting our phones away and turning off the television at least 30 minutes before going to bed — is better for our sleep, productivity and overall health, but many of us are ignoring the recommendation. We aren’t just sleeping in our beds; we are also working, eating, checking email and watching television. Companies have responded by creating innovative products for the bedroom that meet our need for comfort and convenience. Here are some of the top trends and newest products.
The natural mattress
According to Technavio, an international market research company, there is growing demand for mattresses that are toxin-free, such as those made of natural latex.
Canadian-based Essentia makes memory-foam mattresses from natural ingredients such as natural latex, plant-based memory foam and unbleached cotton. The company has several models, with different firmness levels and core components.
Living in a tech-crazy modern world can do us both good and bad. It’s nice to have all the little things that can make life easier. We no longer have to do most things manually as there are plenty of devices that can do those things for us. However, it has caused a whole new breed of problems.
As if we aren’t lacking in sleep already, tech gadgets like smartphones and tablets/ iPads can be highly addicting. You end up losing more sleep in their presence. But there are actually devices that can lull you to sleep like a smart mattress. We don’t do just mere simple and ordinary right now. Things are upgraded and made smarter. With a smart mattress, you are guaranteed a good night’s sleep as soon as you hit the mattress.
Advanced Tracker: Dreem
So are there sleep products that really offer medical, brain wave-centric, at-home tracking? Maas says that a new kid on the block, Dreem, is going to make waves in the industry by offering a consumer-attainable, brain wave-reading sleep tracker (and nope, he isn’t affiliated with the brand).
Dreem offers not only tracking data, but also some sleep coach tech and a smart alarm, which means that it’s equipped to tell you if you’re hitting all of your sleep cycles throughout the night. But how would you even use this data to get better sleep, even if you were to shell out $500 for it?
There is a wide range of other anti-snoring gadgets you can try to help curb your snoring. It’s not all about mouthpieces and other oral appliances like SnoreRx because more advanced devices are now introduced in the market. For instance, there is Dreem that is described as a brainwave-reading sleep tracker. Sounds really fancy and techy and in a way it is.
Since most patients with sleep problems often consult a sleep specialist and eventually take a sleep test, having this sleep tracking device handy so your doctor can have a better idea of how your sleeping is like every single night.
The road to treating sleep apnea is not a perfect science and no real cure has been found yet. Yet it does not mean that you have to suffer while waiting. Take advantage of the many anti-snoring gadgets sold in the market today and be able to sleep better at night knowing that a new and brighter morning still awaits you.