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SLEEP DEVICES: GADGETS AND GIZMOS TO HELP YOU SLEEP

OVERVIEW: Insomnia is a 21st century epidemic. As we move faster, try to get more done, and play harder, our sleep suffers. Stress is at an all time high for many people, in spite of the labor saving inventions we all use every day. Inventors haven't stopped with labor saving tools, however, but have come up with a variety of devices that can help a person get the sleep they need. In most cases, sleep devices are safer and less intrusive than medications to treat sleep problems. Here are some of the main types of sleep devices, with some of their pros and cons.

WHITE NOISE MACHINES: For under $60, you can buy a machine that sits on your night stand and creates a whooshing noise. If you have ever slept really well on a rainy night or when you had a fan blowing in the room, you know how comforting a solid quiet noise can be. This sort of noise, called "white noise" covers the sounds of traffic, neighbors, or barking dogs with a comfortable whoosh. These machines can help you get to sleep and stay asleep.

SPECIAL PILLOWS AND CUSHIONS: Snoring and sleep apnea are both worse when patients sleep on their back. One way to encourage sleepers to stay on their side is to use a shirt or strapped on pack that includes a cushion along the back, which makes it virtually impossible to roll over on your back. A homespun method to achieve this end is to put a pillow in a backpack and wear that to bed. Some people sleep better on a special pillow designed to cradle their neck. Some of these pillows are filled with water. Others are made of molded foam. A good pillow can help eliminate headaches and stiff necks in the morning, and make sleep more restful.

CPAP MACHINE FOR APNEA: Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition in which something, such as a deformity of the throat or mouth, forms an obstruction in the airway. As a result, the patient stops breathing for a short time off and on through the night. Obviously, this can cause serious problems due to oxygen deprivation. It can even cause death. It also causes sleep deprivation because the person keeps waking up a little bit to restart their breathing. The CPAP machine can help these people keep breathing so they can rest better. CPAP stands for "continuous positive airway pressure." This sleep device consists of a machine that blows pressurized air into the face of the patient by means of a mask worn over their nose. It is helpful for many people but can be very hard to get used to, and some people cannot sleep when they are using it.

OTHER DEVICES: A less intrusive sleep device for apnea is a dental guard that is worn on the teeth to keep the airway open. This can be easier for many patients to deal with than the CPAP machine. A natural remedy that helps some people sleep is aromatherapy. Neroli orange is one essential oil often used to promote sleep, as is lavender. One of these scents in a diffuser at the bedside, or even a small pillow of lavender blossoms, can sometimes help a person with insomnia get to sleep. A product called "Sea Band Isocones" is worn on the wrist. It purports to induce sleep by applying pressure to an acupressure point thought to promote relaxation.

 

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