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My story: I was diagnosed with ADD at age 42 (by the VA), and medicated (with the typical Ritalin/Prozac-for-depression) for the next 20 years. Then, my wife, awakened by my snoring, convinced me to get tested for Sleep Apnea (again by the VA). I was sent home with a CPAP machine, and was told the protocol: use it for a month, bring it back, we’ll analyze its recordkeeping chip and will determine whether or not it’s solving your problem. When the month was up, I felt great and had never been doing better, ever. I decided to start skipping my medicines to see if it would make a difference. It did not. I have taken no medicines since, for the last 13 years. I can’t guarantee that everyone will share my experience, but I tell any medical or educational professional I meet: If you think your problem is “only” ADD or ADHD, GET TESTED FOR SLEEP APNEA! The new marines are covered by insurance, are custom-fitted for you, are comfortable and super-quiet. Just do it!

Every time I tell my story to a health professional or educator, they are always surprised. They live in separate silos, and have financial and career incentives to NOT integrate this knowledge into their interior databases.