I had the same problem as you are describing. I use a Somnodent device and kept waking up all night. The best thing I did was to download the app called Snorelab which measures my snoring level throughout the night. That way I can tell if the device is working or not. To give you an example, without any appliance my snore score is 54 with snoring % of 42% of the night. With my device in my score is 1 with 3% snoring. So I recommend you trying this app to see if the device is working or needs any adjustment. The second issue (and more important one) is the waking issue every two hours. I can only tell you that time with the device will help. It took me a couple of months to settle in, and now I have no problems whatsoever. As long as the device isn't causing discomfort, you will get use to it. Hope this helps.
First of all, you need to get a proper diagnosis from a professional. There are at home sleep studies which are much more inexpensive that an in hospital one, and that will at least confirm the diagnosis. As a short term solution, you can go on line to get a cheap oral appliance which will stop your snoring. It's not the final answer but it's a step in the right direction. If you tolerate oral appliances and the snoring stops I would recommend seeing a sleep dentist who can do the in home test and fit you with a professional custom made appliance.
Does anyone use the Snorelab app? I use an oral appliance along with the snorelab app to measure how well the appliance affects my snoring.
I started with a score of 56 with Epic snoring without the appliance, but have gotten to a score of 0 or 1 with the appliance with no snoring at all.
Lately though my readings are starting to climb again, up to 5, 11, 20, but then I will have nights back to 1 or 2.
So, not sure if I need to get the appliance adjusted again a bit, or if the return of some level of snoring is typical?
BTW- at least I am not having EPIC snoring episodes.
Just curious if other folks are using this app and what experiences you are having?
Sleep apnea and the tired feeling really sucks! As an amateur myself after reading your post, I would suggest trying an oral appliance. What have you got to lose. I failed on the CPAP route, and went to a Somnamed oral appliance which is rather easy to tolerate. My snoring stopped and I am sleeping through the night. It takes awhile but you begin to feel more rested slowly but surely. As I said, what have you got to lose?
I have had somnodent for about 5 years now, and only recently started wearing it daily. The way I tell if I have success is by using the app called Snorelab which measures you snoring on a number scale. Without the mouthpiece I registered a 58 with EPIC snoring, with somnodent is it 2. I find the somnodent very comfortable to use.
Michael- your symptoms mirror mine almost exactly. During the week when I go to work I have this 2AM waking and can't get back to sleep, and I stress about having to wake up at 6am, yet on weekends where I know I can sleep in, I feel great. I do however snore terribly, and have been diagnosed with mild apnea. I tried the over the counter snore device, but they didn't work so I went to a dentist who had a customer one made for me. I tolerate it well, but am still in the same mode of exhausted during the week and rested on weekends..Like you, I go through cycles of this stuff. So not sure if along with mild apnea this is a mental or physical thing?
Wow, thanks for the quick reply. Not taking any meds. Interestingly enough I find I feel great when I get over 9 hours sleep with or without my mouthpiece, but using the mouthpiece hasn't made me feel any better when I have to get up to go to work after only 6-7 hours sleep. Is it maybe that I just need more sleep?
I am so glad I found this site. Awesome info. I have two questions.
I use a somnomed dental appliance to treat my apnea. Went from an AHI index of 10 to a 2 with a in home sleep study. I also am using snorelab to measure my snoring, which was off the charts without the oral appliance and went to absolute quiet with the mouthpiece. Does this mean that my apnea is under control, or just that I am not snoring?
Second, even with the mouthpiece I am still waking up exhausted and am tired all day. So what's going on? It's very discouraging.
thanks for the help