Have you ever wondered what you snoring and sleep apnea gasping might sound like? Have you ever measured or quantified your snoring, the decibel level and frequency? It is helpful if you have a partner who can alert you to the noise disruptions, but your partner will struggle to tangibly quantify the disruptions.
Recording your own sleep sounds and listening to the recordings can help you quantify how well your treatment therapy and efforts to achieve a better sleep are working.
Audio recording is not a perfect science, but there is plenty of excellent and free technology you can leverage and learn a lot.
If you are about to try a new therapy, like sleeping on your side, try recording your sleep sounds now and establish a baseline for what you sound like. Then record your sleep again wearing your positional device and compare the results. You might be amazed at how much you can learn from a few recorded sound bites of your sleep.
If you are interested in recording your sleeping sounds, consider keeping a sleep journal too. Keep tabs on a few metrics, like how much alcohol, late night snacks, level of fatigue and bedtime. The journal will help you think about the big picture and perhaps link behaviour habits or days of the week with better or worse sleep quality. You can then use this knowledge to make adjustments.
To familiarize yourself with your snoring and establish a baseline awareness, I suggest using an app so you can measure and quantify the sound disruptions.
Two free apps you can start with:
- SnoreLab has a free trial of the app https://apps.apple.com/ca/
- Sleep Recorder Plus also has a good free app https://apps.apple.com/ca/
For a Free Sleep Journal: The Sleep Disorders Clinic and Dr. Raymond Gottschalk provide this simple pdf and user friendly template.
If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to call, we would love to help you to achieve a great sleep.
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