That stereotype is incorrect and unfortunately responsible for trashing the lives and health of thousands of people who are being/have been misdiagnosed because of it. The reality is that the majority of people with apnea are not overweight. It is just that being overweight increases the severity of it. Patients are very young and old, male and female, in great shape and not so (I do triathlons).
It is all in your attitude. A CPAP is the most efficient and proven therapy for sleep apnea, unless you want a tracheotomy. There isn't any reason why it should alter your life much. Sleep apnea will kill you. You may not feel that bad right now, but here are some effects you have to look forward to if you don't get treated:
The effects of untreated sleep apnea are severe and systemic. Some of them are; increased risk of heart attack and stroke, increased blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, nocturia (because the increased pressure in the right heart ventricle makes the body think there is too much blood volume so urine is produced), headaches, fatigue (duh), memory and concentration problems, weight gain (sleep deprivation causes weight gain for several physiological reasons, one being the alteration of the hormones leptin a ghrelin), apnea induced seizures, there is a link to diabetes, there is a link to GERD, night sweats, depression, anxiety (each apneic event is a true suffocation and elicits the "Fright or Flight" adrenalin response), Fibromyalgia-like symptoms, impotence, relationship and job issues, car accidents, etc.
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