Graeme Walton was suffering from snoring and other related problems for years. After trying all kinds of solutions nothing worked, which is when he decided to do something about it himself - Snore StoppA was born. Here is some of Graeme's story:
I am a Vietnam Veteran and I have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress I also suffer from anxiety. I have sleep apnoea, I always seem to be out of breath and I snore very loudly, which I believe was a contributing factor to my marriage breakdown.
I am 67 years old, I exercise regularly and have been told that I am quite fit for my age - I am in a swim squad and swim three times a week.
Even with this regular exercise I always felt as though I did not have enough breath and always felt tired during the day, often needing to nap.
My partner was concerned about my sleeping habits as I was almost impossible to sleep with and she would often have to sleep in our second bedroom. She told me that I stopped breathing many times during the night and that I snored very loudly and she insisted that I went to a doctor.
I consulted my doctor who sent me to a breathing specialist. After testing I was told my lung capacity was around 5% larger for my age which really surprised me; I was also surprised that he did not have a remedy for me except to have a CPAP test.
I spent a night in hospital where they put all these monitors on my body and head with a mask over my face to measure my breathing and snoring. The conclusion was that I did snore very loudly and that I had extreme sleep apnea. I was advised that I would need to use a CPAP machine with a mask to sleep with every night for the rest of my life. This concerned me as the mask was very uncomfortable, the machine made a gurgling noise all night and my partner refused to sleep with me as she could not get to sleep from the noise.
I knew I needed to find a better solution.