I suffer from severe obstructive sleep apnea, I have a CPAP machine that does its job very well. When I use the machine I feel pretty fresh with a clear head the next day. However, I am not infalable and every now and again I will happen to fall asleep without using the mask (I never consciously choose to do this). The days after sleeping without the machine are horrible, I feel tired, foggy, irratible, lathargic, anxious and depressed. This becomes a massive problem when I have to work. I am having one of these days right now and I have been at work for nearly 6 hours and I’ve done nothing. I literally cannot summon the will to do the work and it is making me more depressed and anxious. It’s annoying because I know I want to do the work, that the day will go faster and I will feel good about doing it if I do it. But there’s just an unbreakable mental wall between me and the work I have to do. Does anyone relate? Also does anyone have any experience in having success in being granted days off work when they are suffering the effects of sleep apnea? I know it might sound like I’m trying to wrangle my way out of a day’s work but that’s not true, I’m just completely miserable in this state and sitting at my computer during a work day it making it so much worse.

I’d be very interested to hear what you guys have to say about this.

Thanks in advance.

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