I was diagnosed with moderately bad sleep apnea after a sleep study. Waking up 132 times is a LOT...I didn't wake up much more than that and the doctor was surprised I was able to function as well as I did. For some very strange reason (probably a very good and given my medical history of sinus problems/strep throat) I was fast-tracked to having the surgury and bypassing the machine completely. They basically went in and fixed my nose (deviated septum), removed my tonsils (I was a strep carrier) and part of the top/back of my mouth.
For those who don't realize how bad this is...take a week. Sleep 2 hours a night for that week. Realize that most people with bad apnea feel like you would after that week is over...except they feel like that all of time. Every day. Mine was getting so bad I was dozing off while driving home in the afternoon. I was taking naps on my lunch break. I was laid off from a previous job and one of the reasons given was falling asleep at work. It can be very bad.
The surgery was horrible BTW
I lost around 30 pounds in two weeks (the ultimate diet...remove your ability to eat ) and had to go on an IV after the 3rd day because I couldn't eat or drink anything. It would take hours to eat a small cup of jell-o. The first week I wished I had never had it done. By the end of the second week I was back to normal except a little soreness and realized this was probably the most beneficial thing I had every done for myself. Now the bi-monthly strep throat is gone, I have 3-4 sinus infections a year instead of monthly, I can sleep and actually feel rested and alert