I was diagnosed in 2010 but all of those people who had the joy of listening to me snoring would tell you I suffered for a lot longer.
My trouble though is not really the snoring, loud though it is! It is the moments I stop snoring and breathing and then suddenly gasp for my breath. This can be so strong that the actual bed can shake from the force of my gasping.
Now with the aid of an adjustable bed and my mask, I sleep a lot better and snore less!
It is actually more comfortable than it looks! Problem is that if you do not get a perfect seal the air escaping can make lots of loud noises.
Raising the head end of an adjustable bed can help so much. Not just with sleep apnoea but with other problems such as acid reflux, or heart problems.
At the other end of the bed if you raise your ankles and knees you will benefit from improved blood circulation.
In the times before I was diagnosed my snoring has been known to disturb other people.
Staying in hotels in those days could be embarrassing, to say the least! Having people bang on your door during the night and beg you to be quiet is not funny! Well, it can be but perhaps not for them.
One time when I was visiting a bedding company in Somerset I stayed in a hotel near to the factory. It was an old hotel with thick walls but that may have made it worse.
The next morning at breakfast I heard a man saying to his friend “Did you hear that snoring last night”? His room was 3 rooms away from me!
Seriously though, if you are a heavy snorer you should get checked out for sleep apnoea. Once you have done that invest in an adjustable bed and improve your night’s sleep. This, in turn, will improve your days!
Remember though adjustable beds are not just for ‘old people’ (like me) but can be so very useful to all age groups.
If you need any information about adjustable beds or sleep apnoea please feel free to contact me. You can get in touch at www.mobilityproducts4u.org or by phoning 01492 548102.