Seems like we have another thing in common Hoolahan!
I've lived with Sleep Apnea for 10 years. Would be unable to function and would have been sofa bound + on disability without the CPAP mask. I too came home from work, fell on sofa and slept 1-2 hrs each evening before able to arouse + cook dinner. FIVE trips to pantry to get jar of Pasta sauce, cause got distracted.... The day I was falling asleep at 8AM driving into work was the lightbulb that had me review my symptoms: difficulty concentrating mid afternoon, feeling like I hadn't slept even though had been in bed for 8-10 hrs, EXHAUSTION and need evening nap. I trotted next day to see the pulmonologist I had worked with for 10 years. "My God , my Karen has sleep apnea!" was his thought seeing me dozing in his office at 10 AM; I'm the classic case he uses to teach residents (as I've heard it from residents who have seen me in office) and my specialty is Respiratory nursing!
Husband's adjusted to my mask and machine. If I fall asleep without CPAP on, husband will awake me---kids just turn on CPAP unit and hand me mask 'Mom your snorin too loud'. I cannot function without it ( REAL BAD if power outage-- to point can't stay awake next day and feel like brain is stuffy and full of cotton). Must have at least 4hrs on machine in order to function.
These links most helpful explaining sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea FAQ:
Types of Equipment:
Headgear, mask and replacement tubing needs to be replaced yearly--usually covered by insurance with prescription. Some will require a letter of medical necessity. I've had the same CPAP unit for 10 years- travels everywhere with me on vacation.
Any questions, I'll be glad to answer them.