At the beginning of the month Mrs. F.G. suggested to my respirologist (one of 5 specialists we see regularly), that I might have sleep apnea. I could not go in for the sleep test for obvious reasons, but they set up an overnight oxygen test for me. Yes, I had sleep apnea and the remedy was wearing a CPAP mask at night. To be honest my reaction was not positive. I just thought to myself 'Oh no, what else can go wrong with this tired body!'
A week later a soft-voiced young saleslady came to visit and sell me on the benefits. The high cost (about $1200) is mostly covered by OHIP, but we will pay 25% if we keep it. But I get to try it out for free. It's a small modern version, with a built-in humidifier, and it's silent overnight. I politely agreed to try it out. She mentioned in passing that they'd be monitoring my breathing from their office - shades of '1984'!
It turns out, I was surprised.
As we expected, I got a better, smoother sleep, and Mrs. F.G. got a better sleep because I was breathing more quietly. I woke up more rested and breathing more quietly during the day too. On top of that, a gurgly bothersome cough I couldn't get rid of was gone! And the mask was more comfortable to wear than I expected too.
On top of that I was immediately more energetic and less sleepy. I had literally been falling asleep again after breakfast, again after lunch, and again watching TV in the evening. Even in church I would nod off, several times. I was feeling pretty guilty, but put it down to the pain meds I'm always on, which do cause drowsiness. But now? I haven't fallen asleep or felt drowsy once in two weeks!
My whole level of energy has changed, for the better. I'm more alert and focussed. I keep up a running conversation with the girls who come in the morning to get me up instead of falling asleep on them. And I can go all day without a nap. If anyone wanted to take the mask away now I would demand to keep it!