Could You be Suffering from Sleep Apnea? Read This!
Hey everybody! I’m writing this blog post because I want to try to help people who snore and/or if you’re suffering from sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
If you don’t know what sleep apnea is, well, let me try to explain it in simple terms – it’s basically a disorder in which you stop breathing for a period of time while you’re sleeping and it can last for a couple of seconds or even minutes. Your brain then realizes you’re not breathing and then jolts you out of the deep sleep you’re in so you can start breathing again. That jolting from deep sleep to light sleep can wreak havoc on your whole body because you’re not getting quality sleep and you’re being woken up throughout the night, and then, in the morning, you end up feeling exhausted and tired.
There are many different reasons as to why you stop breathing such as your airway collapses or becomes blocked – this is referred to “Obstructive Sleep Apnea” and is the most common form of sleep apnea. Another reason you stop breathing when you’re sleeping could be because your brain isn’t sending the signals to your breathing muscles and so you stop breathing (that’s messed up, isn’t it?!?!) – this is referred to as “Central Sleep Apnea”. They both cause you to stop breathing during the night but the cause is different. If you suspect you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you will need to have a sleep study done to diagnose you and to find out which type you might have. Central Sleep Apnea will need to be treated differently than Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Most people don’t realize they stop breathing and are being jolted awake because you’re only awakened for a few seconds and then fall back asleep (but in a lighter sleep). Some people end up waking up in the middle of the night and then are unable to fall back asleep or get back into a deep sleep (that was me).
For me, I would be able to fall asleep pretty quickly but after a couple of hours, I would wake up and then lay there and try to fall back asleep and most times I wouldn’t succeed and then finally, I would just say “screw it” and get out of bed. This would happen every. single. night. I was always awake before my alarm would go off. It was frustrating.
I went to my doctor a few times and they would end up prescribing me different medications for insomnia to help me sleep, they had me change up my diet (cut out caffeine, stop eating after a certain time, lose weight…etc) and then finally, since none of the other treatments worked, they recommended I get a sleep study done to see if I had sleep apnea or another condition. Well, my insurance (and most people’s insurance) doesn’t cover sleep studies, so I pretty much brushed it off (I do not recommend you doing this) and so I continued to take sleeping aids in hopes that my brain would resolve the issue so I can get better sleep. Well, it didn’t work.
It was Taking a Toll on Me
I was drained and exhausted – physically, mentally and emotionally. I would wake up groggy and drained and I always wanted to climb right back into bed but I knew it wouldn’t matter because I wouldn’t have been able to fall back asleep anyway; and so I carried on with my day being extremely tired. It even got to the point where I thought I had cancer or some other sinister disease and I even made a call to my doctor to run tests on me to be sure I wasn’t suffering from anything major.
After the blood tests came back normal, he really urged me to get the sleep study done but I was stubborn and against it because of the cost and I didn’t want to go to a strange place to sleep (but now I know, after doing research, that some places allow you to take the sleep studies in the comfort of your own home by using the equipment there and then bringing it back to the doctor). I wanted to get this resolved on my own and where it wouldn’t break the bank.
Research, Research, Research
So I did research. A lot of it. And if you’re a frequent reader/listener of mine, then you know I love to do research and dive into a rabbit hole to get information on topics that interest me. I researched ways of sleeping through the night without waking up and they have the typical advice of not drinking caffeinated beverages after a certain time (I only drank coffee in the morning and didn’t have any after 8AM, at the latest), making sure your bedroom is cool at night (we have the thermostat set at 69 degrees at night and have the ceiling fan and a standing fan blowing on us), take a sleep aid (I tried them all – prescription, over the counter, herbals…etc), lose weight (which I already did by cutting out sugar from my diet), go to bed at a certain time and stick to it (I was always in bed by 10:30-11:00)… obviously none of those recommendations worked for me.
And More Research
So I did more research, but this time on sleep apnea. I didn’t look into it at first because I don’t snore all the time (it’s very seldom if I do) and I always thought sleep apnea was caused by snoring… it turns out that I was wrong! All because you don’t snore, doesn’t mean you don’t have sleep apnea. Snoring is one of the symptoms but that’s not always the case (see the list of symptoms below).
One of the recommendations for home remedies for sleep apnea is the obvious one of losing weight (and again, I did that) and then the other recommendations are to get a sleep study done and if it’s determined you have it, you could use a machine called a (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy) and they cost anywhere from $300-$1,500) and usually not covered by insurance (mine doesn’t cover it) but they do work and help thousands of people who suffer from sleep apnea to breath while they’re sleeping and allow them to get a full nights sleep.
And Even More Research
All I wanted to do was look for a cheap and effective solution so I didn’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars; so again, I did more research and came across another “home remedy” which was a mouthpiece in which you use while you’re sleeping. This mouthpiece is custom made to your mouth by a dentist as they take a mold of your mouth. Finally, I was getting somewhere! But then I saw the price tag for them – they range from $1,500-$2,500… are you kidding me?!? All of these “solutions” are available but they cost a shit ton of money. Money that we don’t have. It was frustrating.
Then finally, I came across this product – the VitalSleep Anti-snoring device. Now, I know what you’re probably saying to yourself “but you said you don’t snore and that you’re suffering from sleep apnea” and I agree with you because I was thinking the same thing! But my research showed that people are using these to treat sleep apnea and it works for them.
Hmm… this “anti-snoring” device only costs $60 and people are using it to treat sleep apnea and it works… that’s too good to be true, right?! I read their website. I read the testimonials. I read the reviews and I wasn’t really seeing any negative comments about it. I talked it over with my wife and she was skeptical as well. But here’s the thing – they offer a 60 day money back guarantee – if you use it and if it doesn’t work for you, you can return it within 60 days to get your money back. So I thought about it more (I would say that I slept on it but I wasn’t really getting any sleep) and I decided to pull the trigger and bought one to see if it was the answer that I was looking for.
I ordered it on a Friday and it was delivered the following Wednesday (free shipping!). I was excited to try it but was also leery because it was the middle of the work week and I didn’t want to be up all night because I had a foreign object in my mouth. But I bit the bullet (well, the mouthpiece) and decided to use it even though it was Wednesday.
The first thing you have to do is put it in boiling water for 10 seconds to soften it up and then put it in your mouth so it molds to your mouth to get a good fit. It was easy. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not a perfect fit. It does wiggle a little bit but it doesn’t flop around (again, this is an at home alternative for the ones you can get custom made at a dentist for $1,500+ – I wasn’t going to complain). Then you have to adjust the mouthpiece so it shifts your bottom jaw forward a bit (this is what opens your airways in the back) and I recommend doing a little bit at first until you find the setting that works best for you – but don’t go too far or else your jaw will be sore and uncomfortable. And that’s pretty much it for the setup.
Now came time to sleep with it. Yes, it felt strange having it in my mouth but it wasn’t uncomfortable and it didn’t restrict me too much. I also looked funny with it in my mouth but I’m using it for sleep and not as a fashion statement. I brushed my teeth, put it in my mouth and went to bed. I’m not going to lie – it did take a little longer for me to fall asleep; normally it takes me a few minutes but that night it took me well over an hour. I was contemplating on taking a sleeping pill to help me fall asleep but I decided against it since I wanted to see if this device worked on its own or not (plus, I hate taking sleeping meds because they leave me feeling groggy the next day).
Guess what – my alarm woke me up on Thursday morning. That has not happened in many, many months. I didn’t even wake up during the night. I woke up to my alarm and I wasn’t groggy. I wasn’t tired. My pillow was a little wet from the drool but that’s to be expected!
Too Good to be True, Right?!?
“It’s a fluke”… this mouthpiece couldn’t have worked the first night I tried it – or did it? Seriously, I was having my doubts about it. I made it through the day without getting tired and sleepy. I was clear headed and alert throughout the whole day. I had a shit ton of energy! At the end of the day, I wasn’t exhausted and I still had energy.
But I was still skeptical. I didn’t think it would happen again on Thursday night… well, I wore it again Thursday night and woke up to my alarm on Friday morning and again, I wasn’t tired or exhausted. HOLY SHIT!! I busted through my morning workout and the energy lasted throughout the day again. I felt like a brand new person.
I continued to use the mouthpiece every night since I got it and every morning, I would wake up to my alarm and continued to feel refreshed. This was the answer I was looking for. A cheap answer. An effective answer. I still cannot believe it, BUT IT WORKS! I am starting to tell everybody about this device!
I Am Not a Dotor and I Don’t Play One Either
I am not a doctor and I’m not the maker of this product – I’m just a user of it and it works for me and I wrote this post so maybe it can help somebody else who is in the same predicament that I was. I had insomnia. I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to fall back asleep. I was groggy and extremely tired throughout the day. I tried many different types of solutions and I didn’t want to spend the money on sleep studies and costly devices. I knew there had to be a cheaper solution and I found it and I want other people to be aware of it.
I’m not saying this is going to work for everybody. This anti-snore device is not to be used if you have Central Sleep Apnea. I’m also not telling you to skip your doctor and go straight for this mouthpiece – you need to go to your doctor and allow him to evaluate you and if you don’t have any major issues, then this device might be the answer for you but talk to your doctor first!
If your doctor suggests you might have obstructive sleep apnea and tells you to get a sleep study done or try a more expensive solution, you might want to try this device first. It’s one of the cheaper solutions on the market and you have nothing to lose since you can try it and if it doesn’t work for you, it can be returned. But if it does work, then $60 is a pretty cheap investment for getting quality sleep at night!
This is not an advertisement and I’m not the maker of this product. I’m a very happy customer and want other people to know about it. But remember that I’m not a doctor and you should talk to yours before you purchase this!
These are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and I experienced most of them. If you experience some or all of these symptoms, you too might have sleep apnea:
- Excessive tiredness throughout the day
- Snoring (even if it’s not constant)
- Breathing cessation during sleep
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Headaches after you wake up in the morning
- Unable to concentrate throughout the day
- Lost focus during the day
- Experiencing mood changes, such as depression or irritability
- High blood pressure
- Nighttime sweating even with a cool bedroom
- Decreased libido
If you end up buying this mouthpiece because you’re suffering from sleep apnea and it works for you, please leave a comment below and tell everybody about it! The more people know about it, the better!
After you talked to your doctor and you’re ready to buy your VitalSleep Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece, click here! You’ll be glad you did!
Good luck and if you try it, I hope it works for you like it worked for me!
Stop suffering from Sleep Apnea and get the sleep you deserve!