CAPE GEORGE — In Bill Woolf’s home, the bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on a forest of stately cedars.
Deer walk along the paths through the trees, giant ferns clustered at their base.
Beyond the trees, eagles soar along the fog-shrouded cliff, catching the thermals.
But Woolf doesn’t sleep in his bedroom anymore.
Instead, he spends the night sitting in a recliner, his nose and mouth covered with a mask connected to a machine that forces compressed air into his airways.
Sleeping with the mask on his face, plus the pressure and sound the machine makes, are not conducive to getting a good night’s rest.
“It’s an unpleasant addition to going to bed,” Woolf said.
“You wake up the next day and don’t feel rested.”
The machine is necessary because Woolf has obstructive sleep apnea, a constriction of the airways when sleeping.