How a mattress saved the lives of eight women with sleep apnea
A bed that is comfortable for its size has saved the life of eight people with sleep-related disorders, a study has found.
A study of more than 2,000 patients with sleep disorders found that a mattress with a “large” surface area was associated with a significantly lower risk of death than a mattress that was smaller.
The researchers analysed data from the US National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Study, which began in 2007, and analysed the results from 9,000 sleep surveys.
They found that when a mattress is large enough, the risk of sleep- related hospitalisation is decreased by one third, which was the same risk as if it were a mattress made of a mattress material of less than 40mm in diameter.
The study did not analyse the risk associated with the bed’s placement or the bedding.
Dr Stephen Aitken, who led the research from the University of Leeds, said: “The results are significant, showing that large beds are not associated with an increased risk of hospitalisation or mortality in the general population.”
“There is some evidence that beds made of materials of more substantial dimensions can reduce the risk.”
Our results also provide further support for the hypothesis that large bedding can improve sleep quality and quality of life.
“The study has been published in the journal Sleep.