The Magic Of A Good Nights Sleep with Sleep Apnea { CanSleep Review }

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CanSleep Sleep Apnea Review

{Disclosure: I am not a health care professional. I have partnered with CanSleep Services Inc to share our experience with their team only. I cannot give medical advice, nor can I attest to how a certain machine or option may work for you. I encourage you to directly contact CanSleep with any questions.}

It’s been a few years since I’ve had a good nights sleep.

When you factor in motherhood and a new baby, to the gentle (not so gentle) sounds of a partner snoring next to you, you eventually just become okay with broken sleep.

I had honestly accepted that this was the new normal for me, that I could survive on a few hours of sleep a night and be “just fine”. Then something magic happened, and I wish it had happened sooner. You with me on this one? There is a good night sleep at the end of the tunnel.

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It was about 4 months ago when I finally sat my other half down and as kindly as I could, told him that he needed to book an appointment with his doctor. He knew that he snored, but without being awake to hear himself he had no idea just how bad it was. I sure knew though. I’m a very light sleeper and his snoring was not only impacting my own quality of sleep but I could tell just by listening to him at night that it was also impacting him. I wasn’t angry, I was worried. Fact is, people who snore can’t hear themselves (unless you’re like me and have recorded it once or twice). They are often tired, grouchy or feel unrested and don’t know why.

Lack of a good nights sleep can lead to a whole host of different health issues, from overall mental health to energy levels for work, school or physical activity, when you aren’t fully rested your body doesn’t have what it needs to get through a regular day. I’m sure once or twice you’ve had a day where you felt “sluggish” after only a few hours of sleep, right? Now imagine that for years. People with sleep apnea are at risk for even scarier conditions that border on serious or life-threatening.

Once he booked an appointment with his doctor a door opened for us, we went from “he snores, holy hannah does he snore” to “he has sleep apnea” and suddenly we actually had some options available to us. We went from both of us having horrible nights sleep to actually having hope at a solid 8 hours again!

CanSleep Services Inc treatment room

Our doctor referred us to CanSleep Services, coincidentally around the same time they also reached out to us regarding their new SnoreLase program. After asking him a few questions, the CanSleep specialist had no doubt that he was suffering from sleep apnea and that there were options available to him. Unfortunately for us, the SnoreLase was not an option but she was ready with alternatives! Like real, going to change things, hallelujah type options and we had a lot of hope. I was new to this whole process, having never heard of CanSleep before, but after a bit of my own research, I was confident that we were headed to the right place. CanSleep is staffed with highly trained Registered Respiratory Therapists and Registered Nurses who have dedicated their practice to helping people like us overcome the challenges of sleep apnea.

Basically, they’re modern day sandman’s in my eyes. They ultimately want to make sure that you and everyone else in your house are able to get a good, restful nights sleep.

It was discovered at one of Ry’s initial appointments that this entire time, he had been living with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) which is one of two forms of sleep apnea. It’s caused by a blockage of the airway during sleep. This was a scary moment for us, this meant that he wasn’t breathing properly at night, was stopping breathing at some points and overall, this just was not good news. I had heard him many nights where it would get quiet, and he’d suddenly take a big deep breath and I realized that was him stopping breathing. I wish I could explain the panic of hearing that, it isn’t fun at all.

ResMed Sleep Report CanSleep

ResMed Sleep Report CanSleep

CanSleep initially sent him home with an oximeter to measure the concentration of oxygen in his blood and then set him up with a loaner CPAP machine to see just how bad things were, at one point he was having 20 episodes of sleep apnea per hour. That meant that 20 times during that hour he had interrupted breathing. I’m still in shock by this number. With the loaner CPAP machine, he was able to track how he felt after using the machine, work through some settings and to get a better idea of what  treatments were going to work for him.

Up until this point, we had already been to CanSleep 3 times, all without any out of pocket cost to us. That gave us the time we needed to be educated on our options, to find what would work best for Ry and to ask any questions we had. And trust me, I had a ton of questions. I was so impressed at how quickly they responded to any of our concerns, how they offered different options and alternatives and how in the end, ultimately all they wanted was for Ry to have a good nights sleep.

SoClean ResMed CanSleep

Once it was discovered that Snorelase was not a suitable treatment for his sleep apnea, we started discussing a CPAP machine. Though sleep apnea symptoms have been long recognized it’s only been in recent years that CPAP therapy has been offered as a solution. We had honestly never thought this would be a suitable treatment for his snoring, but yet here we were!

We went back and forth a few more times, trying out different machines, headgear, masks, and accessories. Through some trial and error, we swapped out a few things and eventually decided on the best machine that met Ry’s needs and the rest is well… well-rested history.

CanSleep Sleep Apnea Review ResMed

Though the CPAP machines are not covered by MSP, we did have extended benefits and CanSleep took care of all of the paperwork for us. Our coverage was actually better than we thought and 90% of the cost was covered for both the machine and the supplies. CanSleep took care of the estimate and once we received the paperwork with approval we took it back in with us and they billed everything directly. It was relatively stress-free which was nice since extended benefits anything usually isn’t.

ResMed SoClean Cavity CanSleep

On top of the CPAP machine, we also opted to pick up SoClean cleaner +Medistorm Pilot-24, an uninterrupted power supply backup battery that makes sure we have what we need in the event of a long-term power outage. So far, we are on the fence about the SoClean machine as the ozone smell takes a bit to get used to, but knowing that the tubing and mask are being sanitized and cleaned daily is a nice reassurance. All of the accessories are available at CanSleep and the staff is knowledgeable on how they work and what adapters you may need for your specific machines.

We’ve been snore-less for the past 2 months. 2 months there hasn’t been a single peep at bedtime, both of us have gone from broken nights of sleep to a solid 8 hours and the changes are seen all around. Ry has more energy, is clearer headed, doesn’t need to hit the snooze button as much in the morning and he feels rested enough to get up and start his day. We’re calling this a restful win!

If you suspect that you or a loved one are suffering from sleep apnea, ask your medical professional to refer you to CanSleep or give them a call to book your free oximetry consultation. You’ll have your results within a few days and more information on how you can have a restful nights sleep. Find a location close to you.

We hope CanSleep can help you find a restful nights sleep, silence really is golden…… 😉

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Tara Jensen
Tara is a parenting influencer based on the West Coast. With her full time career in health care, she focuses on green living, healthy family choices and encouraging families to live a fabulously frugal lifestyle. She lives on coffee, cuddles and post-its, generally in that order. When she isn’t working, she can be found outdoors exploring beautiful British Columbia with her family.