Sleep Apnea

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  1. PMOare4SoyBoys

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    I've recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea and I would just like to know if anyone else have this sleep problem. And if so do you have any unconventional advices on how to treat it besides the standard CPAP or wearing the anti snore mouth guard at night?
     
  2. I have sleep apnea and I wear a cpap. I’m not happy about the cpap but it makes a world of difference so I’m a little more resigned to looking like a Top Gun pilot before going to bed.

    As for unconventional methods to treat sleep apnea, well, I don’t have that many ideas. If you’re a smoker then you’ll want to quit since that has been known to cause issues along with drinking alcohol. Weight loss is another thing that will help if you’re on the heavier side. Other than the machine, mouth piece and surgery, the only other thing I can think of is sleeping on your side or a position that helps with airflow.
     
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  3. PMOare4SoyBoys

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    Alright thanks for the advice. I haven't tried the CPAP just yet but will in the next few weeks. And while we're on the topic of nofap do you think abstaining from PMO can reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea?
     
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  4. No, I don’t think sleep apnea and PMO/NoFap have any connection.
     
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  5. TIMMY0110

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    this video will help you. Long story short..sleep on the side..Good Luck

     
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  6. PMOare4SoyBoys

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    I've seen that video already and I've always been a side sleeper but thanks for the link anyways.
     
  7. SuperFan

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    I have it pretty bad. When I had my sleep study done, I stopped breathing 76 times over the course of three hours.

    My dad also has it. He uses a CPAP and swears by it, says it totally changed his life. I could never get used to it. Traveling with it absolutely sucks, and the mask would always leak a bit and blow into my eyelid, which annoyed the absolute f*** out of me. So I went with the mouthpiece that holds my lower jaw forward just enough to keep my airway more open than normal, and that has worked pretty well.

    Your doctor has probably already said this, but if you're the stereotypical sleep apnea patient (meaning you're overweight), one of the best things you can do is start a good diet and exercise regimen in the interest of reducing the problem.

    Either way, man, it's a really crummy problem to have. I know it's taken a lot from my life. Be glad that you're catching it now and can do something about it.
     
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  8. PMOare4SoyBoys

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    Thanks for the insight that helps a lot. Although as much as I would've liked the excuse to be that I needed to lose fat, I'm actually quite a fit person and I've had this problem for quite a few years now, so it does suck to know that losing weight won't make a difference for me.

    I've heard mixed feelings regarding the mouthpiece, does it have the potential to dislocate your jaw over time?
     
  9. SuperFan

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    No way. That's a crazy suggestion. I think a mouthpiece is probably the best option, but obviously you should try it and see what you think. No matter what, trying to wear anything in your sleep--mouthpiece, CPAP, etc--takes a little getting used to.

    I'm like you--I'm in good shape. In fact, I underwent a surgical procedure to help fix my sleep apnea. All in one day, I had my tonsils removed, a deviated septum fixed, and something called a UPPP (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty--say that three times fast--basically they shaved down the uvula, aka that little thing that hangs in the back of your throat that you see cartoon characters have when they scream really loud).

    The surgery didn't really do much. And honestly I wish I could go back and NOT do the UPPP part of it.
     
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  10. userSCP

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    Lose weight if you are overweight
     
  11. PMOare4SoyBoys

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    Oh damn sorry to hear that... I got my tonsils removed a while ago but that was for a completely different reason, hopefully though you got something positive out of the surgery that doesn't relate to sleep apnea.

    And if none of the surgeries made any difference btw then what is the cause behind the sleep apnea? That's the question I often ask myself and I can't find any valid answer to that. The sleep doctor says it could be how my jaw structure is formed so I guess I'll just have to go with that explanation for now..
     
  12. SuperFan

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    He's right. It's just a matter of your physiological makeup.

    My doctor used the analogy of trying to drink a thick milkshake through a straw. If the straw isn't big enough, the vacuum force causes it to collapse on itself. My airway gets just narrow enough in my sleep that when I take a deep breath in, the vacuum force causes it to seal up. It's just a crummy combination of the shape of my jaw, tongue, and throat.

    The mouthpiece solves this problem by ever so slightly holding my jaw forward, which keeps my airway open a bit more than normal. This is like using a bigger straw. The surgeries I went through were intended to work along that same philosophy, but they weren't very effective.

    A CPAP uses positive air pressure to reduce the amount of force that it takes to inhale and fill your lungs. This is like drinking a thinner milkshake.

    It does make me wonder ... there must be some kind of jaw surgery that one could do to permanently fix the issue. Until then, my mouthpiece works pretty well.
     
  13. Which mouthpiece brand/make/model do you use and did you have to get it fitted by a sleep specialist?
     
  14. SuperFan

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    I use something called SnoreRX <-- click for link. Check around for coupon codes ... they regularly run sales for a bit less than their standard listed price.

    No professional needed--you can fit it at home. It's just like fitting a mouthguard for MMA or football. Basically you put it in boiling water until it softens (they'll tell you exactly how long to do it for--I can't remember), take it out, then dump it in ice water really quick so you don't burn yourself, and then put it in your mouth and bite down. As it cools, it molds to the exact shape of your teeth.
     
  15. PMOare4SoyBoys

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    The analogy seem to make sense and regarding the mouth piece I've bought one that only cost $15 and although it helps bringing my jaw forward, I can't say it feels too comfortable wearing it... I'm sure buying a custom made one from the dentist would be more comfortable but having said that I'm just wondering if you can just find something where you can insert in your mouth at night i.e like a piece of cloth, rather than spending on a mouth guard that costs $200+?
     
  16. SuperFan

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    Well, a custom one from the dentist is going to be megabuck$. The SnoreRX is $99, which isn't cheap, but it also isn't $200. For me, it's worth it to not wear a CPAP and to be able to get a decent night's sleep. Trust me, it's a small price to pay for better sleep. If you're like me, you've spent a lot of your life struggling with lethargy and feeling like you're just "going through the motions" in life. If $99 is all it takes to put an end to that--or at least reduce it significantly--dude, pull the trigger.

    Plus, the SnoreRX is as custom a fit as you'll ever get--it molds exactly to your bite.
     
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  17. PMOare4SoyBoys

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    Cool advice thanks man, I'll have a look at the product and see if I can order it.
     
  18. PMOare4SoyBoys

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    And I totally relate when you say "going through the motions in life". People don't really get it when it comes to having sleep apnea, they keep on saying to just "push through" it if you're feeling tired but the thing is they haven't experienced it themselves regarding what it's like to be chronically sleep deprived.
     
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