Perdue's nightstand holds sleep apnea gear
, January 21, 2014
Perdue Woodworks’ new nightstand is customized to store equipment for sleep apnea sufferers undergoing therapy.
The nightstand, which was designed for Perdue by J.P. Engler, is the latest addition to the company's line of adult and youth bedroom furniture.
It stores a machine that enables apnea patients to take in constantly flowing air as they sleep. The air enters lungs via a mask after passing through a hose attached to the machine.
In Perdue's nightstand, the machine, along with accessories and supplies, is always hidden. The hose reaches the patient through a slot in the cabinet. This does away with the past practice of placing a machine on top of a nightstand - which Engler, who suffers from sleep apnea, called "un slightly" because "it makes your bedroom look like a hospital ward."
Now, the nightstand top can hold the usual clock, lamp or books. And there's no worry about inadvertently yanking a machine off of the nightstand, he said.
The American Sleep Apnea Assn. defines the condition as "an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep." At least 18 million Americans are affected. If untreated, sleep apnea can cause cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotence and headaches, according to the association.
Sleep apnea patients use machines associated with therapies called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure. Perdue says its nightstand can accommodate any CPAP or BiPAP machine. There's enough room in the Perdue nightstand for two machines - which means the nightstand can be placed between two beds and accommodate as many patients.
The company said the nightstand will retail between $100 and $150. It comes in four styles and finishes and it can match any of the company's most popular and newest bedroom groups.