Excuse the poorly written pandemic pun in the title.

My entire life I have always struggled with mornings and daytime sleepiness. I also have chronic headaches. I am a 30y/o Male.

About 3 years ago I finally got a sleep study done and I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. My AHI was 56. A CPAP machine was ordered and I began using it. This did not last long for me however. I already have a very hard time falling to sleep. I am very claustrophobic and move around A LOT when trying to fall asleep until I finally find just the right position and manage to turn my brain off. Adding a mask to my face during this process kept me up for hours. I only managed to get about an hour of sleep with the machine and in turn my problem got worse. I was more tired!

I would take the machine out of the closet once every few months over the past 3 years to give it another go. I was determined each time because I needed something to change. I was miserable being tired and fighting headaches all of the time. But every time was no less of a failure than the last.

2 months ago, despite the countless opinions both online and in person by professionals regarding mouthpieces being ineffective for severe OSA I ordered one online. I had nothing to lose. The worst that could happen is it didn’t work. The specific guard I ordered was “Apnea Rx”.

It took a while to get used to. But I finally got a full night’s sleep with it. I woke up at 6am, about 6 hours of sleep total. I originally got up to take the mouthguard out as it was causing some discomfort. But by the time I rinsed it off I realized how good I felt. Let me tell you, it had been 15 years since I can remember waking up at 6 and not willing to let go of my next paycheck just to go back to bed. I almost wanted to cry, did I finally find the solution?

I kept using the mouthguard and each night I managed to fall asleep with it (I took it out some nights as I couldn’t fall asleep) I would wake up with the same feeling. I also never got headaches those days!

I am a bit of a pessimist, I told myself it almost had to be placebo. So I called the sleep clinic and told them what was going on and they agreed to do a sleep study with the mouthguard.

My results shocked the doctor. Previous to the study he claimed these hardly do anything for people with severe OSA. But my results told a much different story. My AHI went from 56 to 3.3! He told me the mouthguard is effectively eliminating my OSA and I can bail on the machine.

He also said I should see an ENT because I may very well be a rare case where my severe OSA could potentially be solved permanently and easily. I am not getting my hopes up for that, but I am secretly praying to God this is the case. My appointment is next Monday.

I am writing this because I felt hopeless. I became quite depressed that I could not feel normal. Most things you read or people you talk to don’t understand and would just say you have to get used to the machine. Believe me I tried. I wanted my life to be better. I was just literally on the verge of losing my job trying to use the machine. I would get minutes of sleep, while spending the rest of the time frustrated. I am a very picky sleeper. I tried weed, melatonin and even prescription drugs given to me to help sleep from my doctor. Nothing helped.

I am not saying this will work for everyone or even a lot of people. But I just wanted to share my story in case there is anyone else out there that is feeling defeated with severe OSA and can’t get used to CPAP. Give the mouthguard a try. It may not work. But if it does and you get to live a better life because of it it’s worth the shot!

All the best!

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