I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 10 months ago and have been using a CPAP (10) since. Two years prior I was observed in a overnight sleep lab and was told I was a candidate for sleep apnea. At that time nothing was done.
When I went in 10 months ago, my symptoms were pretty bad; falling asleep at the wheel driving home, falling asleep in meetings, frequently losing ability to concentrate or remember, and waking up thoroughly exhausted after eight hours of "sleep" to name a few.
After one night with my CPAP I felt a world of difference and am afraid to sleep without it. Even though I feel rested after awakening (average 6-7 hours of sleep), I still have trouble with memory and concentration. However, I continued to experience sleepiness especially in late afternoon. Now I am on 100 mg of Provigil. My brain MRI was normal.
I even started working out with a trainer to keep me honest about exercising and motivated, but my memory and concentration are still pretty bad. My doctor suggested these symptoms may not be reversible. Have any of you been told this? Can depression be an issue?