Hey all, I apologize if this has been covered previously but I didn’t have much luck finding this discussion when I was searching, maybe the wording is a bit too open…
My girlfriend had been complaining about my snoring for a number of years, specifically explaining that I will choke and gasp, and that it sounds like I stop breathing for periods of time at night. I figured this was signs of apnea, but I hadn’t had a chance to get this looked at as I’ve gone without insurance with the last few years.
Recently I became much more concerned after reading about the various complications apnea sufferers deal with, the dangers of it and decided to make a number of dietary and lifestyle changes to try to reverse whatever had happened that led to this (it’s something that had gradually developed over time as I had gone from around 170lbs to around 210lbs from what I can tell).
In the meantime I’m trying to take some precautions to make more immediate changes to improve my well being while I work to get back to my healthier weight and lifestyle. I realize now that a major issue here is that I’m mouth breathing at night, despite this not really being something I do a lot throughout the day.
I’ve seen various snore prevention options out there, I had recently purchased some nostril expanders that help clear your nasal pathways during the night for easier breathing, I’ve also seen the harness that seems to hold your jaw closed at night but a concern popped into my head… if I am mouth breathing at night, and I use options like the harness to close my mouth, will my body default to nasal breathing if I’m not awake to control it? Will I effectively be suffocating myself by attempting to prevent mouth breathing?
I apologize for the long winded intro to get to the question but I wanted to provide some context. Just looking for some casual information about this and I was having trouble finding this specific question online. I imagine the ultimate solution is a CPAP machine but i wanted to see if there were alternatives. Thanks!