Do a sleep study ... it will save your life!
I didn't know how bad I had it until I had that done. I then had surgery, which did help a lot, but didn't fix it 100%. Now I use a CPAP machine. If I didn't have all of this done, I could not function.
Snoring is one thing, sleep apnea is a heap worse, and if you don't do the sleep study, you won't know where you stand.
Same here. I never knew I snored. I don't think I did in college and for a period of 7 years after college none of my girlfriends told me I did either.
Then I met my wife, we got married and she told me about it. I think it got steadily worse after we married.
I'm not overweight. I have very little body fat too. The only trigger I can acutely think of is I never had allergies until I took a trip to Europe in 1995 where I essentially sneezed through the entire continent. Ever since then one side of my nose was never used EVER. My theory is we get old and stuff changes. Then you deal with it. I'm not 20 anymore. If I drink 2 beers I'm done. When I was younger I could drink a case of Coors light in a sitting.
So I took all the allergy pills (Clarinex and such) and tried all the nose strips and none of them helped. I went an was tested for allergies and the only thing I'm officially allergic to was grass.
I then when and had the deviated septum surgery. That helped a little with the breathing. I still favor one side but the other takes over about 25% of the time (supposed to be 50/50). Oh and if anyone is considering the surgery over the sleep study I'll have you know the surgery is TERRIBLE and the sleep study is a breeze. Deviated septum surgery is HELLA PAINFUL. It's probably the worst solution for this problem as the outcome doesn't really help for many people but the recovery is a BITCH. I'll let others weigh in on that point if they want. It's simply painful and gross. I wouldn't wish that procedure on my worst enemies.
Then my wife told me that all she wanted for Christmas was me to get a sleep study so SHE could sleep at night. I went and had one done and now I sleep like a baby. No 2am bathroom breaks, no vivid dreams of running and such. Just like a baby.
Every once in a while people joke about what that stupid machine does for a fella's sex life. All I have to say is my wife asked me to take the study so she could sleep and night and a happy wife is much more appreciative if you know what I mean.
Besides that I'm not a spring chicken anymore. I'm not picking up chicks on the weekends either. It's just hum ho dad trying to raise a family so what the hell do I care what it looks like. After you see your wife give birth there aren't too many sacred things in a family.
You get over that stuff because it allows you to sleep and that's what's important.