As you begin your journey to a better night’s sleep using the eXciteOSA device, you’ll notice a few things. First, your mouth will salivate a bit early on. That’s normal and after a few sessions, you’ll adjust to that.
The second thing you’ll realize is that the stimulation types and intensity can be changed during your 20-minute session. This is normal and is the way the therapy works. So, don’t be surprised if one minute it feels like a massage chair vibration and the next it feels like the low-end base of your favorite band, depending on the therapy level you’ve chosen.
Why Can I Change the Therapy Levels?
A frequent question we get asked is why can I, the user, change the therapy level? The reason is simple — people can handle various degrees of stimulation and we wanted to allow folks to cater the therapy to their needs. Let me explain.
Let’s say you’re on a treadmill. Each and every treadmill is pretty much the same. It’s got a speed setting and an incline setting. If I’m new to running, then I’m going to set the treadmill up at a lower level than if I’m an experienced runner. This is exactly why you can change the intensity level of the therapy — different people have different experience levels.
How Should I Set the Therapy Level?
We recommend that you increase the therapy level every week to a level that’s comfortable yet challenging. What we mean by this is that we don’t want you to stay within your comfort zone the entire 6-week therapy journey. Like running on a treadmill, over time, you get better and faster at running. The same goes for your tongue.
We recommend that you start at the default week 1. That’s usually the right amount of time to get used to the simulations. After week 1, experiment. Make a game out of it. Challenge yourself but also don’t feel bad if you have to dial it down. Like on a treadmill, sometimes you have a good running day and sometimes it can be harder.
Will a Higher Level Make the Therapy More Effective?
The short answer is yes. We have carefully crafted the therapy experience to allow patients to get a benefit from the standard settings. If you’d like to increase the effects of the therapy, then increasing the level will do that, as long as it still feels comfortable for your tongue.
Don’t worry if you don’t want to explore higher levels right away. Some users may never make it past levels 7 or 8. It simply depends on the person. We understand that therapy is a personal thing, and we want you to do what’s comfortable for you while also challenging yourself when you’re ready. However, once you are accustomed to the device, we do recommend that you keep your level at or above level 4 to ensure effectiveness.
Your Sleep Journey will be Unique to You
As long as you are making the conscious effort to step out of your comfort zone and explore higher therapy levels when you’re able to do so, you will be that much closer to achieving improved sleep quality. For additional information on therapy levels, visit our therapy level guide.