I am 30 years old and a professional musician. I’ve been touring and performing pretty much my entire career. The biggest thing I’ve done so far is playing an arena tour, which means performing for 20,000 to 30,000 people every night. You’re up on the jumbotron, jumping around and dancing and playing, it’s so much fun. Just a crazy, crazy experience. Even on a bad day there are 20,000 kids screaming their faces off. You can’t really have a bad time when you’re doing that.
A traveling musician’s life is pretty much nonstop. You’re at a gig, then you’re in the studio for eight to ten hours the next day, then practicing, all while trying to manage regular life, too — family, kids, bills. It’s hectic and there’s barely any time for sleep.
My sleep apnea came with insomnia, which lead to me having anxiety. That gave me issues pretty much throughout the day and I started knocking out in the middle of the day because it was just too much. I never really tried to do anything about it until I started performing a lot and we started doing shows where we would have to do things like book last-minute hotels the night of a show. My bandmates were the first ones to tell me that I snore, and it was pretty bad. They even started recording me sleeping and that’s when I finally heard myself and knew how bad it was.
I thought I better start looking into treatment. My sleep doctor ran a test and found out that I have mild sleep apnea. Initially, I was going to use a CPAP machine but because it was mild, the doctor asked if I was interested in using an oral device instead. Because of how much I travel, I preferred the oral device — it just makes things a lot easier.
I noticed the difference right away in how much sleep I got. I had been getting an average of four hours of sleep, consistently, every single night. The moment I started using The Whole You™ Sleep Appliance I started getting six or seven hours of sleep, which was kind of shocking for me. That’s how I knew, “okay, obviously this is working.” Little by little, I started seeing more changes. After a month or two, I was waking up without the grogginess that I used to have. I have more energy now and can get through everything in the day, I’m not cranky, and don’t need as much coffee as I used to. It’s helped out my lifestyle a lot.
I’ve been in Brooklyn, New York, all my life. Born and raised. It’s hard not to love Brooklyn, especially as a musician. There’s spot called Come On Everybody, which is one place I’ve performed. It’s a pretty intimate space. Then you have Brooklyn Steel or Baby’s Alright. And I’ve played at the Barclays Center when I opened up for a huge band which was like a dream come true kind of thing. Especially being born and raised in Brooklyn.
Better sleep is giving me more energy to explore, try new things, and see things from a different perspective. I don’t want to sound cliché but I think the sky’s the limit. We’re just kind of touching the tip of the iceberg. I’m thankful and I’ve been blessed to experience what I’ve experienced thus far, but we still have so much more to go.
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