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Karen's Story

"From mixed media collage to sculpture and welding, I’m enjoying my hobbies more — because I’m sleeping more!"

I discovered I have sleep apnea about five years ago. At the time, I was really sleepy at work. At first I thought it was just boredom in meetings. But I was also concerned so I went to see a doctor who specializes in sleep apnea. And of course, he prescribed CPAP for me.

Over the years, I tried five or six different styles of mask. When I used it, I did feel better but none were comfortable enough for everyday use. It’s also cumbersome, so I didn’t want to travel with it. But when I traveled to see my daughter, without my machine, I was tired for a week after I got home. I got to the point where I just couldn’t take it anymore.

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That's when I found oral appliance therapy. It's not intrusive, easier to use, and I can travel with it. I sleep throughout the night and when I wake up I don’t feel so many aches and pains. It’s not that I wake up more refreshed than when I used CPAP, it’s that the oral appliance is simply more comfortable to wear every day. 

I moved to the Bay Area 40 years ago, and now live in Emeryville, a suburb of Oakland, CA. I like the weather, the people and the art community. I make various types of art, from mixed media collage to sculpture and welding. In the coming months, I’ll be setting up my own studio. Now that I’m sleeping better I have more energy to enjoy my hobbies.

Location Guide: Lake Merritt has the dual distinction of being America’s first National Wildlife Refuge (back in 1870) and the only urban saltwater lake. Nicknamed the Jewel of Oakland, the 155-acre area is a popular spot for locals out for a jog or for a lunch break stroll.

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Karen was referred to me for an oral appliance by a sleep physician after reporting that her difficulty sleeping and daytime sleepiness was affecting her life, including her motivation and creativity with her tile mosaic and welding artwork. I chose the Respire Blue for Karen. Other patients have had great success because of its comfort and therefore compliance. Karen says that she now feels more like her old self with more energy, a sharper mind, and renewed motivation.

Across the country, sleep apnea patients are waking up refreshed and alive again.  Enjoy their stories as they escape the sleep apnea fog and live the life that makes them whole.


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This information is meant solely as a human interest story and is not meant to constitute medical advice. These results are not necessarily typical, indicative, or representative of all users. As with any medical device, there are factors affecting performance, which ultimately result in variable outcomes. These factors include, but are not limited to, preexisting health conditions, and adherence to instructions. Due to these variables, it is not possible to predict specific results or patient satisfaction.