For the first several years of our marriage, Justin literally shook the house with his snoring. THIS is how I felt almost every night 😉 He slept terribly, I slept terribly, and whenever we had a newborn in the room with us, it was just a recipe for chaos. We never pieced together that there could actually be something wrong with Justin, we just both assumed his snoring was typical. After years of exhaustion, we decided to have him do a home sleep study. Turns out he had obstructive sleep apnea, and after being diagnosed needed a CPAP machine to help him breathe.
18 million people in the U.S. currently live with sleep apnea, and there are more than 200,000 new cases every year (mayoclinic.org). It is a fairly common, but serious condition in which a person repeatedly stops breathing while they’re sleeping. Left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure, severe fatigue, heart damage, and stroke. There are three types of apnea: obstructive, central, and complex.
Thankfully, we live in a day and age of advanced medical interventions, and this is a very manageable condition! Traditionally, people suffering from sleep apnea have been given either a CPAP, BiPAP, or APAP machine (depending on the severity and specific type of apnea). These devices are incredible, life-saving resources, but they come with some hassle.
(by PruebasBMA – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18885672)
-Although MUCH quieter than snoring, they do make noise
-Anytime you travel, you have to pack a large case for the machine, cords, hoses, etc.
-They take up a lot of space next to the bed
-They are difficult, and time consuming to sterilize
-The hose can get wrapped around while you sleep, causing you to wake up
-Needing to always sleep on one side facing the machine was causing shoulder pain
-… also, let’s be honest … the whole vibe of being plugged into tubes and chords isn’t very seggy 😉
We were ready for a change! Justin was so uncomfortable and I felt so bad for him. I never could have slept wearing that thing every night. Last year I heard about an alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Sound Sleep Medical is a well-established company with 25 years of experience studying and treating apnea. They have created an oral appliance that effectively treats obstructive apnea, offering patients an easier option. The appliance positions your jaw in a way that prevents obstruction, and keeps your airway open. You can see the change here!
(image: KUTV, Sound Sleep Medical)
Justin was able to try out the appliance last summer, and complete a home study to make sure it was effective for his apnea. It took him a few nights to get used to the mouth-piece, but his sleep improved immediately. We both couldn’t believe how rested and energized he was the following mornings. I don’t use the term “game changer” lightly, and this device is an absolute GAME CHANGER.
He is comfortable at night, no more tubes, chords, powered devices. Travel is easy, care and cleaning is simple, and most important – it works! He isn’t snoring and most importantly- it’s keeping his pathways open so he can safely sleep at night.
I was so excited we found this device, so when I decided to share about it, I was blown away at the interest! SO many of you or your partners shared the frustration of snoring, sleep apnea and CPAP machines – there is a better way! I was able to chat with their team and get you an INCREDIBLE deal.
You can go to Sound Sleep Medical to book your appointment and when you do, use code ASHLEY for a free consultation and at-home sleep test, and $50 off of the appliance. Another major perk is they take insurance too! If you struggle with these sleep issues, there is a way to peaceful comfortable sleep again!
Sound Sleep Medical has locations all along the Wasatch front, including: Sandy, Salt Lake City, Provo, Murray, American Fork, North Ogden, and Layton. If you think you or someone you know would be a viable candidate for trying this appliance, call or visit their site and take their qualifying assessment.
Let’s all get sweeter dreams!