Hi guys, I am currently awaiting treatment at hospital for very low iron which I thought along with being a very busy full-time working mum was the reason for my chronic exhaustion. Whilst looking at reason for the fratige, I came across some article on Sleep Apnea and a lot of the systems, ie waking at night with a pounding heart looking for breath, constant need for a nap after trying to 10 hours sleep a night made we think this might be the issue. The other problem is the NHS in my area have a 42 week waiting period. I am becoming very anxious as my private health care provider won't cover this condition. I am waiting to hear back from my GP but know I am getting anxious about bedtime when all I want is a good nights sleep and to feel rested. I am 46 and slightly over weight so trying to lose weight, sleep on left side, no alcohol. Can someone die from sleep apnea or should the body waken up ( I know dramatic but I am really scared ). Any suggestions would be appreciated.