I always knew that I snored, though I never knew how bad it was. Until recently my snoring has never been brought up by anyone, but then again I was always used to sleeping in my own room. Last month during a family reunion, we all had to fit in to a tiny cabin which was fun and all, until it was time to go to sleep. The next morning, I found that it seems my snoring kept on waking my relatives up, them being family they said it was alright. But I realized that moment that I couldn’t allow myself to remain this way, this will continue to trouble people in my life if I don’t do anything about it.
I went to a doctor a few days after that, the doctor said that it was good that I had the initiative to actually try to fix my problem. The doctor didn’t want to leave any stone unturned so I had a full checkup, he was worried that I might have Sleep Apnea, but fortunately enough that wasn’t the case. So He recommended a few things that might help.
A few lifestyle changes needed to happen in order for me to reach the best results, number one of these was lose weight, I forgot to mention this at the beginning but I am quite chunky, not like obese but just out of shape. The doc said losing some weight will help with the snoring, and MIGHT even eliminate it if it was the main cause, but either way losing the weight is necessary to be overall healthy. Another hard thing to do but I will anyway is reducing alcohol, or avoid it as much as I can, the Doc explained how the sedative in the alcohol will make the muscles relax, including the muscles in the back of my throat which would make the snoring worse.
It was certainly my aim to reach a healthier self, so the lifestyle changes are here to stay, but I also needed immediate results. When I told my doctor this, he recommended me to ether try the My Snoring Solution chinstrap or a snoring mouthguard he then showed me several options that would help: The MAD and TSD, both works well and receives good reviews so he told me any of the two would work well. Upon studying the two further I looked at how the devices work, the MAD or Mandibular Advancement Device is like a sports mouthpiece that pushes your lower jaw outward allowing the airflow to be less constrictive which helps to prevent snoring. The other is the TSD or Tongue Stabilizing Device which pretty much works the same as mad but by stabilizing your tongue instead. The reviews for the TSD were better compared to the MAD but I opted for the MAD because it looks like a sports mouth guard, I thought I could tell people I do MMA or something.
Now the snoring isn’t a big issue, as the mouthpiece works really well, Also my weight loss regiment and alcohol reduction reduced the severity of the snoring even without the mouth guard. I still use MAD though just to be considerate of people sleeping in the same room as me.