CPAP Machine the Snoring Solution & Sleep Apnea Must Have
Why you shouldn’t ignore the snore.
If you or someone you know snores loudly, often, sounds like they’re gasping for air when they’re sleeping and even after a full night’s sleep are constantly tired don’t ignore the snore. It’s time to look into a snoring solution. Don’t be like I was for over a year.
There is a plethora of information out there on snoring, sleep apnea, CPAP machines, snoring solutions and the list goes on. It can be a lot of information to sort through and quite frankly overwhelming. So I’m going to save you from wasting time like I did and share my story so that you can hopefully not waste time and can find out sooner than later on how to deal with your snoring and not risk your health.
My sanctuary where I can now get a better night’s sleep. A little reading to relax before I drift off for peaceful sleep with my CPAP machine on to help me breathe better.
First, DON’T BE STUBBORN. Yes, I admit I did not believe my husband at first when he said I had started to snore loudly. I finally believed him when more often than I would wake up to find out that hubby went to go sleep on the couch because you got it – I was snoring so loudly it woke him up.
What did I do? I started to look up solutions for snoring from natural solutions to using a humidifier, to mouth guards and more. I tried to exercise more, lose weight, I didn’t drink alcohol, you name it, I probably tried it. None of it worked consistently, and I was still tired A LOT!
CanSleep LocationDuring all of my research for snoring solutions, I did notice that sleep apnea came up all of the time. While I consider myself to be a well-informed person, I didn’t really know what it meant and how dangerous of a health concern it could be. Fast forward to over a year later and my poor husband and I are both not rested because my snoring is still waking him up and leaving me feeling overtired
I finally made an appointment with my doctor to talk about my snoring. I’m sure you won’t be surprised that he brought up sleep apnea.
So what is sleep apnea? I’m going to refer to the most common form of sleep apnea, and that is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
“Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common breathing disorder that is caused by a partial blockage or complete blockage of the pharynx (back of the throat) or airway. People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea often wake up throughout the night, fighting for air, but have no idea why this is happening.”
I was surprised to learn that there are some serious health risks if you don’t treat your sleep apnea. Remember, don’t ignore the snore.
People afflicted by sleep apnea wake often throughout the night, fighting for air, unaware of what is happening. OSA causes the heart to work harder to circulate blood and oxygen to the body and brain. Left untreated, this may lead to other serious and potentially life-altering risks and life-threatening conditions including:
- Heart Attack
- High blood pressure
- Mood disorders (anxiety, depression)
- Inability to lose weight (huh could be part of why I struggled so much)
Yikes, I didn’t like the sound of any of those risks, so I was ready to take action. My doctor had to rein me in a bit to walk me through the next steps. My doctor gave me a referral to a respiratory therapist (although a referral is not required to visit CanSleep) so I could get tested to see if I actually had sleep apnea. It’s an overnight test that measures your heart rate, blood oxygen level, airflow and breathing patterns.
Luckily for me at the same time my doctor was going to refer me I heard about CanSleep services and their Snorelase MD treatment. It was a call to see if I was interested in working with them to learn more about CanSleep and the Snorelase MD procedure. This included being tested for sleep apnea – perfect, so I had my doctor refer me to CanSleep.
What is the SnoreLase MD procedure?
Minimally Invasive Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
- Reduces snoring by up to 100%
- Increases quality of sleep
- Lessens the effects of snoring & sleep apnea
- Improves breathing by opening up the airways
- No surgery, no anaesthetic
SnoreLase MD is an innovative and minimally invasive laser procedure for the treatment of habitual snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It utilizes a state of the art Erbium YAG laser to gently treat the oral and pharyngeal tissues. There is no cutting of tissue
Okay, I was ready, I read up on the SnoreLase MD procedure, had the testing done for sleep apnea and waited to hear the results. Drumroll, please…..I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, moderate to severe to be exact. What does that mean? I would stop breathing often (keep in mind we’re talking milliseconds to seconds here) throughout the night.
Okay, time for the SnoreLase MD treatment right? NOPE! The CanSleep respiratory therapist explained that due to the severity of my sleep apnea the long-term solution for me was to explore using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.
How does a CPAP machine help?
As the full name implies of the CPAP machine, it provides a gentle airflow to keep the airways open and prevent the throat from collapsing during sleep aka the cause of my snoring.
The CanSleep respiratory therapist set me up with a loaner CPAP machine to try and home to assess if it would help me with my sleep apnea. These CPAP machines are like mini-computers I kid you not. It has wifi so it can transmit the results and if the respiratory therapist thought there were any adjustments to the settings remotely!
Good news this testing phase showed that the CPAP machine was helping me with my breathing. While I used it my “breathing” was normal. I admit the first few evenings (okay maybe some later too) I felt a little self-conscious putting on this nose mask. It does take some getting used to, but it also wasn’t as cumbersome as I had imagined. I may or may not have pretended to be Darth Vader once or twice with the mask on and the air going on the CPAP machine. Apparently, I thought it was much funnier than my family did.
Next, it was time to see if my extended health insurance would cover some of the costs of the CPAP machine.
This is where I say a BIG THANKS to the folks at CanSleep. They walked me through what I needed to do to find out if my extended health covered any portion of the cost and how much. They made it so easy by having the forms filled out with as much info as they could provide, telling me exactly when I needed to provide and what to do next with my extended health insurance carrier.
My extended health carrier emailed me when I was approved, I downloaded the approval letter that stated what they would cover and gave it to CanSleep. From there they can bill your carrier for the part of the cost they will cover (if not all), and you can pay the difference if there is one.
CPAP Therapy Support
Another significant reason that I was impressed with CanSleep is that they provide support to you after you receive your machine. My respiratory therapist walked me through how to use it again, how to adjust the settings and more. You can also try out different masks with them to see which one is most comfortable for you before you buy one. This was important for me, and while I tried a few, I ended up going with the very first one the respiratory therapist suggested for me.
I know that if I have any questions or issues, I can give CanSleep a call or make an appointment to get help. I appreciate the continued support.
What did I learn?
- Don’t wait to go to your doctor to talk about your snoring. Let them refer you to get tested for sleep apnea.
- Ask questions, every question you have is a valid question.
- Let the experts help you, that’s what they’re there for
How am I doing now?
It’s now been at least a month since I’ve been using my CPAP machine and my husband is sleeping a lot better now. He makes sure to remind me to use the device at night as once or twice I fell asleep and forgot. He says he hears no snoring at all when I use it and that the device is so quiet that he doesn’t hear it. I’m not feeling as tired as I’m not waking up, not gasping for air. I’m sleeping! So that’s what it feels like to get a good night’s rest.
Overall, I’m happy to say that this journey has led to me feeling and sleeping better which in turn has improved my overall well being. My family and hubby, in particular, are even happier now that he can also sleep without being woken up, it certainly has helped improve the quality of our relationship as a result.
Let me leave you with this once more – don’t ignore the snore. See your doctor and save you and your loved ones from those nights of lost sleep!
To find out more about CPAP therapy and/ SnoreLase MD make sure to visit CanSleep Services HERE.