Real People, Real Stories of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Paul
Paul, a truck driver in England, had his sleep apnea diagnosed after his snoring began to affect not only his health, but his wife’s as well. But his earth-shattering snores weren’t nearly as scary as the footage the sleep experts caught of him during sleep. Paul would stop breathing many times per hour every night, until he would gasp violently for air and begin snoring again. After his diagnosis, he was told he could not keep his trucking license unless he treated his sleep apnea successfully. This would have have meant losing his livelihood, but for good reason–sleep apnea is responsible for thousands of motor vehicle accidents every year, many of them fatal. In fact, mandatory sleep testing has been put in place for many commercial drivers for that very reason. This story gives tremendous insight to the importance of sleep apnea treatment, but also to the difficultly of using CPAP. Although it’s incredibly effective when it’s being used, more than half of all people on CPAP give up on their treatment in the first year. In this video, Paul struggles to stay compliant with his CPAP even after two nights. Luckily, there are alternatives! Oral appliances can be used to treat sleep apnea very effectively, but many people do not even know that they are an option. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, or if you have already been diagnosed and want to know more about alternative treatments to CPAP therapy, reach out today to a local oral appliance therapy provider. Click here to find a provider near you! And please take a moment to share this post with friends and loved ones. You never know whose life you might be saving.