It's nice to see so many positive and encouraging stories. I have one too.
I had trouble staying asleep many years ago and in 1999 had a sleep study that supported that, but showed no breathing issues, no apnea, no hypopnea, etc. I just dealt with it.
Fast forward to one year ago when I started getting up to use the bathroom several times during the night. My doctor reduced my blood pressure meds, but it didn't help. I'm a Type I diabetic, but my blood sugars were good and not the culprit. Months later when I was going through a personal crisis and under stress, I would suddenly awake from my sleep with the feeling that I was dying. It was horrible. I was not gasping for air, but had the feeling I was almost dead. I saw an ENT and GP and had a sleep study. I did have breathing issues this time.
I think I took to the cpap pretty well. I had to switch to a medium nasal pillow and use a little gel on my nose, but the soreness left and I sleep like a baby. It's only been about 3 weeks! I still have a little arousal, but I no longer have to go to the bathroom during the night and I get solid 8-9 hours of sleep.
After a couple of days, I spontaneously danced around the house for no particular reason! I've gotten my spunk back. It's not a huge difference, but there is some difference. I now feel like I CAN accomplish tasks and enjoy doing them.
Now I find myself being concerned about others who I suspect have this condition. But, what can you do when a person refuses to explore that possibility? It's their business, but if they only knew how serious it can be.........I'm not sure why some people are so afraid to check it out. Our health and family is all we really have in this world. If we can protect it, then why not give it a try.