I woke up in the morning and felt well-rested, I hadn’t felt like that for years
I was quite surprised when after three days in the sleep laboratory I found myself not only with a diagnosis, but also with another machine: a breathing therapy device. I had already used one in the sleep laboratory. I woke up in the morning and felt well-rested. I hadn’t felt like that for years. I was a completely different person. It was fascinating. I carried on using the breathing machine after my stay in the sleep laboratory and after about six months my forgetfulness had disappeared. And mentally I was back on top form as well. Thankfully I don’t have any health problems as a result of the sleep apnea because I started therapy early. My heart and circulatory system are fit and healthy.
Since then I’ve used the breathing mask every night. Once you get used to it, it really is quite simple. And it is usually not a problem for your partner either, because the machines are so quiet now.
Another option for some patients with sleep apnea is a mandibular splint. I don’t use one myself, but I’ve heard from others that many people find them helpful if they are fitted correctly.