Sleep Apnea

“For many years I suffered from sleep apnea.  I had low energy because my sleep was constantly being interrupted.  (They say that sleep apnea puts a lot of stress on the heart.)  I was a very loud snorer, which kept my husband, and everyone else in house, awake.

For over 4 years, I slept with a CPAP machine to “treat” my sleep apnea.  This worked, but sleeping with the machine was less than ideal.  It was uncomfortable and noisy.  I would often take it off in my sleep because it was so annoying.  The prospect of sleeping hooked up to the CPAP machine for the rest of my life was a very depressing situation.

I wasn’t referred to acupuncture for this condition, but I wish I had been –years ago!  I was not new to acupuncture, but I just didn’t think of it as a resource for this condition.  It wasn’t until I really got fed up with using the CPAP machine that I started researching alternative sleep apnea treatments on the internet that I thought to search some sites on acupuncture and found a few references.  None sounded terribly promising, but I called up Joni Kroll and asked if she had had any success treating sleep apnea.  She gave me a 50/50 chance that acupuncture might help.  The rest is history!

After my first acupuncture treatment, there was marked improvement, but it only lasted a few days.  Since that time, and several sessions later, the treatment “holds” for 2 weeks.  I’m hopeful that I will be able to stretch the treatments further and further apart in time.

Now I have more energy during the day because I am sleeping better at night.  I wake up so much more rested, and my throat is not raw from breathing through my mouth and snoring.  And my husband is much happier and better rested too!

I was a firm believer in acupuncture before this, but just never put it together with sleep apnea.  What I’ve learned from this experience is to not think of acupuncture as a treatment for just a narrow set of conditions but as a much more comprehensive approach to wellness.

Thank you Joni Kroll!”

-2010 Patient