For a lot of people, especially couples, the lack of sleep is because of someone else snoring. But it turns out snoring is no joke -- it could mean you have sleep apnea.
That's why my wife and I wound up at the Mayo Clinic, where Dr. Kevin Reid made it clear: my snoring can have serious side effects.
To find out whether or not I had sleep apnea, I was referred to Dr. Eric Olson, who suggested a sleep study. The process involves being hooked up to nearly 20 wires. But if getting this thing figured out means spending a night looking like Frankenstein -- it'll be worth it.
During a one-night stay, the sleep center monitors your every move and sound on a security camera, with technicians paying close attention to all the charts and snoring. Then, halfway through the night, they hook you up to the C-PAP machine.
The next morning I woke up to some shocking news: sleep apnea was disrupting my oxygen levels.
Dr. Olson recommended I use the C-PAP machine to control my sleep apnea until I admitted how I had a hard time dealing with it. That's where dental specialist Dr. Kevin Reid comes back into the picture, with a relatively new device used on some sleep apnea patients.
It's a mouthpiece that reshapes your throat as you sleep, stopping sleep apnea for many patients. All kidding aside, a small device that can literally save your life.