Asthma and sleep apnea are common conditions among both adults and children in America. While asthma is triggered by an inflammation of the air passageways, sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction of the air passageways. This may occur in the chest, throat, or nasal regions. Each condition causes a restriction of airflow, however, that can inhibit one from obtaining a deep level of sleep. Additionally, it is recommended that individuals with either condition sleep with their torso elevated to increase airflow. Adjustable beds are typically the best means to accomplish such an end, as pillows and other devices lack the stability to maintain an elevation all night long.
Asthma and sleep apnea are common in at least two ways. First, they have the same effect on the body. Each causes a restriction in airflow that has a significant impact on day-to-day life. This impact can become particularly detrimental at night when affected individuals try to sleep. Before we may assess the value of an adjustable bed sleep system, however, we must first evaluate each condition and the ways in which they prevent the normal flow of air in to and out of the body.
Asthma patients experience a restriction in air flow when they engage in strenuous physical activity. Though less common, some asthma patients may experience an “asthma attack” when they are in climates with cold air. In either case, the asthma attack is triggered by an external event. Once triggered, asthma causes an inflammation of the airways that makes it difficult to breath. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients may require a medicated inhaler to reverse the inflammation and breath normally again.