I was (mistakenly) diagnosed 20 years ago with narcolepsy, and spent 15 years taking very high doses of amphetamines & methamphetamines.
Four years ago, a little girl who had spent the night with my daughter told her that I was going to die. She said that her dad sounded like I did when I slept, and he had to sleep with a machine so he wouldn't die. When my daughter told me this, I immediately knew she was describing sleep apnea & I called the sleep doc for another test.
Bingo, I have obstructive sleep apnea and now have a cpap. Try going cold turkey off of amphetamines, NOT a picnic!!!
My husband had been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea several years before, and was told to stop smoking, lose 30 lbs, and get a cpap. He said the doc was nuts and didn't even try to do anything the doc had recommended.
In 2006, he had a massive heart attack, he had less than 2% odds of surviving, was put in a coma for 7 weeks, had an LVAD implanted, and had to wait 7 months to get on the heart transplant list, because they will NOT put anyone on that list who smokes or drinks alcohol. I spent most of that year living at The Cleveland Clinic.
His diagnosis? Severe heart failure, which could have been avoided by simply sleeping with a machine & following the doc's orders.
I just want people to understand that sleep apnea is NOT just loud snoring and a suggestion to remedy certain behaviors is NOT just idle talk!
You can & will die from sleep apnea if you don't treat it!
I am currently sleeping with my much hated cpap machine, and am looking into the Pillar Method. My husband? He got a new heart, lived 4 1/2 years, then died from lung cancer.