How Important is Your Sleep Health?

A good night’s sleep is important for so many reasons. Your ability to function and feel well depends on whether you are getting enough quality sleep each night. Sleep helps protect your mental and physical health and improves your quality of life. It leaves you refreshed and energized and helps you learn, react, and focus as needed.

To the contrary, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you will be sleepy, exhausted, irritable and lethargic. Simple tasks will be difficult to perform and lack of focus will interfere with tasks such as driving, working, or studying. And without sleep, your health begins to suffer.

Unrefreshed sleep and daytime tiredness are signs of sleep apnea in women.

The CPAP Shop, along with the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), is proud to celebrate Sleep Awareness Week (March 10-16, 2019) to highlight the importance of good sleep health for all individuals.

Sleep in America Study

For 2019, the NSF has created a “Begin with Sleep” campaign. The goal is to share the benefits of optimal sleep and how sleep itself can affect health, well-being, and safety.

In its annual Sleep in America poll,1 the NSF found a strong correlation between sleep schedule consistency and feeling well-rested in the morning. When disciplined sleepers were compared to those with variable sleep schedules, the strict schedules were 1.5 times more likely to report feeling well-rested. Further, individuals with excellent sleep health were 3.5 times more likely to be well-rested on a typical weekday than those with poor sleep health.

The National Sleep Foundation has defined determinants of quality sleep and good sleep health as: sleeping more time while in bed (at least 85% of the total time), falling asleep in 30 minutes or less, waking up no more than once per night, and being away for 20 minutes or less after initially falling asleep.2

Additionally, maintaining a strict and consistent sleep timings helps negate harmful effects of the occasional departure from schedule.

For those with sleep apnea, a CPAP can help deliver a good night's sleep.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Of those, 80% of the cases of moderate and severe OSA are undiagnosed.3 There are several reasons for this including the cost and inconvenience of being tested, uncertainty about the definition of sleep apnea, and lack of knowledge of the consequences of untreated sleep apnea or the benefits of sleep therapy.

Sleep apnea is a potentially deadly sleep disorder where breathing is interrupted briefly and frequently over the course of the night. In obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, causing breathing pauses that last at least 10 seconds.

Once diagnosed, the most common and successful treatment of OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. As with any new lifestyle change, there is an adjustment period to get settled into PAP therapy. You will soon see a significant improvement in quality of life after a good night’s rest!

At The CPAP Shop, we have experts on staff to help you pick the best PAP machine, mask, and accessories to best suit your needs.

References:

  1. National Sleep Foundation. NSF’s 2019 Sleep in America Poll Shows Disciplined Sleepers Reap Reward. 2019 Mar 8. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-sleep-foundations-2019-sleep-in-america-poll-shows-disciplined-sleepers-reap-reward-300807678.html
  2. National Sleep Foundation. What is good quality sleep? National Sleep Foundation provides guidance. 2017 Jan 23. Accessed March 12, 2019.
  3. American Sleep Apnea Association. Sleep Apnea information for Clinicians. https://www.sleepapnea.org/learn/sleep-apnea-information-clinicians/.
Chris Vasta CPAP Expert & President at The CPAP Shop

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Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…


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  • Tammie Houston

    It’s really interesting to know that people who have more disciplined sleep schedules feel more well-rested and have more productive workdays than those who don’t. I’ve been suffering from an inconsistent and variable sleep schedule ever since the pandemic started and since I’m going to start working again soon I feel it may be best if I underwent sleep solutions like sleep therapy. The fact that people can fall asleep in 30 minutes is so alien to me and if someone could help me achieve something like that, then I’d be stoked to try it out. https://tmjcentrent.com/

    • Chris Vasta

      Hi Tammie, thanks for your comment. It’s very important to get the proper amount of quality sleep, and equally important to have any underlying sleep conditions diagnosed. We recommend Sleep Care Online for a hassle-free, quick and easy home sleep apnea test and virtual consultation with board-certified sleep physicians.

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