I want to take you on my sleep apnea journey. I remember waking up in my early thirties and feeling buzzed upon waking and telling my wife, “I think I have sleep apnea.” At that time I knew very little about sleep apnea and didn’t do anything about it either. As time passed, it became a nightly ritual that I would wake up in the middle of the night wide awake, not able to go back to sleep for an hour or two. I would try to read scriptures to get myself to be tired again, because it usually would put me to sleep any other time, but it didn’t work.
It started to become more difficult to stay awake anytime I sat down to read anything, and I found myself nodding off in church meetings, too. I would get irritated when my wife or kids would give me an elbow to wake me. There was one time I fought to keep my eyes open when I was carrying on a conversation with a family member. Talk about embarrassing.
As I began to learn about the options to get better sleep, sleep hygiene was the easiest to implement. This includes stuff like putting away electronics, avoiding vigorous exercise, avoiding heavy eating and dimming the lights to name a few. My restless nights continued. I tried other things like taping my mouth closed, putting nose cones up my nose, a night guard designed to keep my lower jaw forward. That didn’t do the trick and wasn’t too romantic either.
Then I was introduced to Vivos by a colleague. The idea of using a pneumopedic device to change the airway permanently was hopeful. As I pursued this course of treatment, things started to change slowly. After six months of treatment, I can say that I no longer fall asleep during church or while reading scriptures. I am rarely wide awake in the early hours of the morning; my sleep isn’t perfect yet, but I am excited to say goodbye to obstructive sleep apnea as my journey continues!
If this story sounds anything remotely to yours, I invite you to spend a little bit of time reading and watching videos associated with obstructive sleep apnea and its symptoms found on my website. Please feel free to contact my office if you would like to learn more. Enjoy!
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– Troy Walton