Getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep can be a real challenge for people with larger body types. Having a body mass index of 30 or greater is considered obese and can cause physical discomfort in bed. Being overweight can also cause breathing problems during sleep due to restricted airways. Not getting enough sleep is also a cause of obesity, and so this can easily become a vicious cycle. Being overweight is the leading cause of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in adults, especially when unique sleep challenges are not identified. Here are 4 bedding hacks to improve sleep for heavyset people:
- Find the right bed frame. So often overlooked, the type of bed frame you use will have a direct result on the quality of your sleep. For heavier people, the best option is a steel frame that is made for heavy load bearing and won’t warp or bend. These bed frames are durable enough to last for many years and can support any type of mattress. Purchase a steel bed frame that also comes with at least a 5 year warranty in case of any manufacturing defects.
- Buy the right mattress. Mattress type might be the most important choice that heavyset people can make for a better night’s sleep. Being overweight puts added pressure on the joints and pressure points in the body. To sleep comfortably, you need a mattress that is both firm and dense and won’t sink or sag from your body weight. Choose at least a queen size mattress that will allow your body ample room for sleeping. There are some great heavy duty but comfortable mattresses with extra dense foam support and a high coil count that are designed for heavier people.
- Choose the right pillows. Since being overweight can influence your breathing, choosing the right pillows is important to maximize comfort and alleviate any airway obstruction. You don’t want to use pillows that are too soft, since this can cause more strain on the neck and upper back. If you don’t think that you have developed OSA, use pillows that are thin and firm. This should provide the right amount of support for your neck and shoulders. If you are suffering from sleep apnea or interrupted breathing, consider getting a wedge-shaped foam pillow that will help keep your airways open. These specialty pillows are also designed to work well with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines.
- Use a mattress protector. One problem that heavier people tend to have is that they generate more body heat causing them to sweat in the middle of the night. A foam mattress will give your body a lot of support but doesn’t allow your skin to “breathe” very well. Using a good mattress protector will absorb moisture and help prevent you from overheating, as well as protect your mattress. A protective cover will also provide an extra layer of comfort on a firm mattress type.
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If you think that obstructive sleep apnea is impacting the quality of your sleep, it is imperative that you make some sleeping modifications. OSA is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. For information about sleep devices and products made to help treat sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, visit us at Valley Sleep Therapy or call us at (480) 361-0124. Browse our online CPAP supplies store or visit us in Mesa, AZ today.