Keep Calm and Sleep On… {Giveaway!}

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I was happy to be contacted by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in regards to sharing with your their campaign “Keep Calm and Sleep On” to promote awareness of sleep apnea. I try to choose campaigns, reviews, and giveaways carefully for this blog that I feel will be of interest to you. While sleep apnea may not be something you think about very often, it is something that I find myself frequently thinking of as I fall asleep, listening to the uneven breathing patterns of my husband. My husband has sleep apnea.

From almost the very beginning of our marriage, I noticed something about his breathing during sleep: it paused. He would breathe… breathe… {no breathing}{still no breathing – one one thousand, two one thousand three one thousand} ten seconds or longer later, he would breathe very shallowly and then, finally, a deep breath. I told my husband this many times over the years, but it wasn’t until my father in law had a stroke in which sleep apnea was discovered to be the cause, that he finally agreed to take a sleep study test!

My husband was tested, and indeed, he had sleep apnea! The typical course of treatment for sleep apnea is a cPAP machine. My husband had a second sleep study test which he reported was the worst night of sleep of his life. The cPAP machine forced air into his mouth and he felt like he couldn’t exhale. Finally, his doctor recommended an oral sleep treatment called Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral Appliance Therapy

According to the AADSM,

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes people to suddenly stopbreathing during sleep anywhere from about 10 seconds to more than a minute.This can happen up to hundreds of times a night. Currently, more than 12 to 18million U.S. adults suffer from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that can increase the riskfor serious health problems, including:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Impotence

The Symptoms

  • Loud, frequent and habitual snoring
  • Breathing during sleep that abruptly stops

If you or a loved one exhibit any of these symptoms please consult with a sleep physician. To find out more about sleep apnea and Oral Appliance Therapy, visit localsleepdentist.com. You can also click here to read a Q&A about Oral Appliance Therapy!

In honor of the Keep Calm and Sleep On campaign, the AADSM is offering my readers the chance to win a $50 Bed, Bath, and Beyond Gift Card! The giveaway will end on October 17 at 12:00 a.m. MST. The giveaway has now ended.

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20 Responses to Keep Calm and Sleep On… {Giveaway!}

  1. Kris says:

    My grandma has sleep apnea and won’t use her CPAP machine. It scares the crap out of me. I will tell her about this thing instead!

    Fun story about sleep ummmm. Well, my husband can fall asleep in 3.2 seconds and it always takes me a minimum of 30 minutes. So usually I lie there listening to his obscenely loud snoring until I want to kill him. Except he’s lost 20 lbs recently and now he doesn’t snore near as bad! Hooray! He might survive our marriage after all!

  2. Lynn says:

    Have I told you my Ambien story? A doctor once gave me ambien when I was going to fly to New Zealand and was a bit nervous about it. I decided to try one the night before we flew there, and it made me hallucinate. The whole room was turning into a circus. I told my husband his face was melting off, and, although I knew it wasn’t real, that he had to stay there and watch me sleep and not let me leave the room no matter what! Threw those away first thing in the morning! :)

  3. JULIA NOLD says:

    No funny sleeping stories………..I know, boring!

  4. Kevin Lacy says:

    Funny story is that my wife (Michelle) sometimes talks in her sleep and it terrifies me. Also, I snore. :( Now gimme dat gift card! Lol.

  5. Savannah says:

    On our wedding night I was sleeping with my back to my husband. He turned in his sleep and kneed me in the center of my back really hard. I yelled out in pain and flipped to my back. He then proceeded to reach his hand out to pat me on the head to say “sorry”, and instead poked me in the eye and said “sorry”. He had no recollection of any of this in the morning!

  6. Nicole-Lynn says:

    I’ve been married for almost 3 years now, now my husband and I are expecting our first baby in November! I’d have to say in the early months of being married, sharing a bed was hard for me. I had to get used to snoring and someone else stealing the covers :)

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  7. Terri Smith says:

    When we first got married, my husband slept with a fan blowing on him. He likes the noise. I think I kept a cold the entire first year! LOL!

  8. manda says:

    No sleep stories… yet.

  9. Linda Walsh says:

    Well, we got pregnant pretty quickly after marriage and we were sleeping on a twin. when I got further along in the pregnancy I would make hubby sleep on the floor because we didn’t fit. :P

  10. Robin Blankenship says:

    One time in the middle of the night my husband reached over pushed his arm under my head and snatch my pillow out from under my head. LOL

  11. Danielle says:

    Oh, the snoring was HORRIBLE (his, of course) – so between that and crazy young-married-working-crazy-hours-with-school schedules, sleep was very limited.

  12. courtney porritt says:

    My dad has sleep apnea! Horrible snoring and stops breathing multiple times a night every minute. My husband does the same and has a hard time getting good rest and so it goes for me! We have our 3rd baby due in Dec!! :) would love a giftcard!!!

  13. Nancy Robinson says:

    My husband has sleep apnea and uses a CPAP. I have problems with sleep apnea, not as bad as my hubby, but our new insurance won’t cover the machine. I WOULD love to get a good nights sleep. I’m tired every day and have to nap. I’ve lost 30 lbs and I know I need to lose more. I keep trying to workout but it’s hard when you’re so tired.

  14. Nancy Robinson says:

    Oh on a funnier note, my husband once woke up to go the restroom. He walked over, turned the light on, and tried to pee in the closet. Thankfully I woke up to the light and caught him before anything happened!!

  15. Michelle P. says:

    Much to my husband’s dismay, I am a sleep talker. I have been for years, but never had anyone in the same room to converse with before I was married, except for the 2 times my family actually went camping. It’s always interesting to hear about what I talked to him about in the morning. One night I apparently referred to his bottom as a “ripe juicy grapefruits” and threatened to eat one. Totally explained my craving for citrus the next morning.

  16. Jeanine Stillman says:

    My husband HAS sleep apnea! I have woken up with him screaming laying of the marble floor in front of our fire place dreaming he is dead and in the morgue. I have woken with him trying to rip off my nightgown yelling at me because he thinks it is a paint rag and he wants it back! He has snored so bad it has kept our entire family awake all night while he sleeps when we are on vacation in our motor home. He lives his nightmares, snores like crazy, moves about in his sleep. I am eternally thankful for his c-pap machine.

  17. Nicole says:

    No funny sleep stories.

  18. Mary says:

    I have to wear a nightgard for grinding.

  19. Debbie Wyler says:

    Let’s try this again. :) I don’t have any funny sleep stories until we had our first baby. He was a horrible sleeper so I was always exhausted. One night I fell asleep on the couch while nursing him. David came out to check on us, saw that the baby was asleep and took him to his bed, leaving me sound asleep on the couch. A few hours later, when baby woke up and wanted to eat, he brought him out and set him down in front of my still exposed breast. He quickly latched and began nursing.I woke up suddenly and was super confused! Ha ha.

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