Hi, and welcome to Apnea Treatment Center! If you have sleep apnea and have been struggling with CPAP, or you were recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and are doing research into all the available treatments, you’ve come to the right place.
My name is Marc MacDonald, and I’m based in Ottawa, Canada. I don’t have sleep apnea myself, but my wife and father do, as do many of my friends.
If you’d like to learn a bit about me and how I started this website (and if you’re tired of dealing with doctors and a healthcare system who think CPAP is the only treatment for sleep apnea), please read on. I think you’ll find some familiar elements from your own life!
My Introduction to Sleep Apnea – Gagging for Breath in the Middle of the Night
My sleep apnea story began on the night of November 10th, 2008, when my wife sat bolt-upright in bed and started gasping for breath in the middle of her sleep.
It was almost like she was gagging, but we didn’t think much of it. Everyone has nightmares, right? But when it kept happening night after night, I did some research into her symptoms, and discovered that she had the classic symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
I’m a researcher (it’s what I love to do), so I started digging into the various treatments for OSA. What I found was that most doctors – and many websites – automatically recommend CPAP therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. But when I saw pictures of CPAP machines on the internet, I was pretty shocked. How could someone comfortably sleep with that mask on their face? My wife has a tendency to feel claustrophobic, so I knew there would be no way she’d go for CPAP.
CPAP is Not The Only Solution for Sleep Apnea
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know that CPAP provides crucial relief for a lot of people who suffer from OSA. CPAP is still considered the “gold standard” in sleep apnea therapy, and it has been verified to reduce apnea symptoms in some people and help them function during the day. But I also know that there are a heck of a lot of people who just can’t tolerate sleeping with CPAP equipment (in fact, one study showed that only 40% – 60% of people regularly use their CPAP equipment) .
And here’s what adds insult to injury: the CPAP manufacturers seem to have a stranglehold on the sleep apnea “industry”! Many, many people have told me that the only treatment their doctor knows about is CPAP – even though there are dozens of other potential treatments, many of which have been tested in scientific, clinical trials.
I don’t blame doctors for not knowing about non-CPAP treatments. I understand that they’re busy people, that it’s hard to keep up with new research on treatments, and that the CPAP manufacturers probably make it darn easy for them to just write prescriptions for their machines. But that doesn’t mean millions of sleep apneics have to suffer night after night with one of those suffocating masks on their faces!
But let me get back to my story 😉
With a Little Digging I Found Dozens of Non-CPAP Treatments
After realizing that my wife had sleep apnea, I started looking into treatments that DON’T involve CPAP. I spent many hours browsing websites, reading through university research studies, and talking to experts. And what I found is a lot of scientifically-tested sleep apnea treatments that don’t involve CPAP. Unfortunately, many of these treatments are not well known – even by many doctors. And some treatments will work only for sleep apnea sufferers with particular symptoms.
And that’s why I started this website – to share information on sleep apnea treatments that I’ve come across through my intensive research. I hope that by sharing this information, patients will be able to educate themselves and have a more informed discussion with their doctor about their options.
I’m On Your Side!
Here’s my mission: for ApneaTreatmentCenter.com to be the Web’s most comprehensive source of information on sleep apnea treatments, all written in plain English. I’ll be bringing you all of the newest developments in sleep apnea treatments, from alternative treatments like mouth & throat exercises to singing therapy and yoga (even how to deal with CPAP, if that’s your thing!)
One last thing: you should know that I’m NOT a doctor, and before trying any treatment you read about on my site, you should speak with a health professional. Also, I’m in no way affiliated with any medical organization or equipment manufacturer. (I see that as a positive. What you get on this site is unbiased information on apnea treatments, based on the scientific studies that I’m constantly researching.)
Bottom line: I’m on your side! If you’re feeling neglected or jerked around by the healthcare industry, you have an advocate in me.
Here’s What to Do Next:
- If you haven’t been tested for sleep apnea yet, please go to my “Diagnosis” page, where I lay out all of your options for getting tested. Please click here to go to that page.
- If you’re ready to learn about new sleep apnea treatments, please sign up for my FREE e-course. My e-course has been viewed by over 12,000 sleep apnea patients, and I’ve received hundreds of rave reviews on it. Click here to sign up for my free e-course.
- If you want to start conquering your sleep apnea TODAY, check out my online Store, where I offer step-by-step treatment programs that are based on my research into recent scientific studies. Click here to go to my online Store.
And if you have a question or comment about this site, please send me a message by clicking here.
To conquering sleep apnea!
Marc MacDonald, M.Sc.
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