Breathing oxygen enriched air helps to reduce the effects of disorders like sleep apnoea and snoring to ensure you get a better night's rest.
An increase in oxygen can alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnoea, which causes irregular intervals in breathing.
Getting a decent rest at night time is integral to ensuring you are at your optimum for the strains of day-to-day life.
Marianne Davey is the director of the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association and she highlighted why it was so important to treat sleep disorders.
She said: "The main functions of sleep are for rest, growth and repair.
"During sleep certain growth hormones are released to allow the cells of the body to grow and repair."
The body also needs other hormones to help us cope with our daily workload but sleep deprivation can weaken our bodies' ability to produce these.
This can have a devastating effect on our efficiency as our brain fails to be able to manage the same level of information as it would after a good night's rest.
Ms Davey explained: "If the hormone production is thrown out of kilter because of disturbed or poor sleep, this leaves a feeling of sluggishness and lethargy in the morning."
Brain functions hindered by this include decision-making skills, judgement, concentration and memory, increasing the risk of making a mistake.
However, the effects do not stop there as sleep deprivation is continuously being linked to physical, as well as mental, consequences.
According to Ms Davey, there is increasing evidence that a lack of sleep can lead to health problems like heart disease, some cancers, obesity and diabetes.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is most common among people aged between 35 and 54, with the NHS estimating that around five per cent of sufferers go undiagnosed.
Posted by James Worrall
25/07/2012 11:49:26Subscribe to the News RSS feed