I’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea since 1999. At the time I was having trouble staying awake during the day and more than once while driving I almost fell asleep behind the wheel. After the second instance of that happening, my wife suggested I see my GP, since there might be a major problem going on. That, and since I do the bulk of the driving for our family, she wanted to be sure getting from A to B wasn’t going to be a problem going forward.
Even though it was 20 years ago, I still remember the conversation I had with my GP. He quizzed me about a few things, and then suggested that sleep apnea might be the cause of my problem. He recommended something called a ‘sleep study’ and scheduled me to go to a hospital near us to have the procedure done. I didn’t know anything about it at the time, but when I got to the place at 10 in the evening, I was in for a bit of a surprise.