Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sleep Study - the (official) results


Saw the sleep study Doc today. 

He informed me I do NOT have Sleep Apnea.  Nope.  My fatigue & everything that has come with it is a mystery to him.  (no joke, that's what he said!).  

He said that one thing the test showed was that I wake up a lot while I'm sleeping.  

Suggestions?  Sleep Hygiene.  Making sure my bedroom is dark, quiet & comfy when I sleep.  If my husband says I snore on my back, do something to make it so I don't go to my back while I'm sleeping. 

He also said he would be happy if I wanted to get a 2nd opinion and to go to someone smarter than he is.  He said the Mayo Clinic or Shands come to mind.  

I am a little frustrated.  I guess I was hoping this test would give me more answers than more questions.  

I won't give up.  Planning on trying different things.  I look forward to a morning when I wake up feeling refreshed & don't feel like I need caffeine in the afternoon to keep me going. 

Do you have a loved one who snores?  What do you do about it?

Be Blessed & Sleep Well!!  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sleep Study (preliminary) Results

I went, I slept (they tell me) and I left.  I did take a picture but to be completely honest IT IS HORRIBLE.  Therefore it will not make it here.

They put all these things on my scalp & a couple on my face, back, legs.  I was wired!!

The room I was in was like a hotel room.  Very comfy. There was a TV & that was about it. 

I waited for the man who was helping me to finish hooking up his other patient that evening (I had a later bedtime than that other person).  He came in & had an abundance of wires, gel & sticky looking things.  He put various sticky things on my forehead, temples, chin & scalp.  2 on my upper back & 2 on my shins.  I also had 2 straps around my upper chest & upper abdomen.  All these things were hooked up to wires and into a box that would help him monitor me while I slept. 

Ok, so now I am all hooked up (I do have a picture and really am not thinking I will post that.  It is horrid!).  You may wonder how in the WORLD will I be able to sleep.  Yes, I was thinking the same thing.  As well as, how in the WORLD will I be able to use the bathroom in the middle of the night!! 

As I tried to get comfy in bed with all this wiring AND the knowledge that there is a camera on me & an open microphone in the ceiling (so he can hear me if I need anything) I realized that sleep may actually come. 

It did.  I don't feel that I slept as deeply as I would have without all that stuff on me but I am pretty sure I slept a little bit.  The technician told me I did anyway so it must be true.  ;-)

When he came to wake me up in the morning ( I will spare you the trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night. )  at 6am he proceeded to remove all the wires & sticky stuff.  He also told me that while I did seem to have a lot of dreams (that I remember NONE of) I didn't have any problems with breathing or anything.  He had over 800 pages of a report that the Doctor would read in a couple days & I will hear from the Doc. 

So, that was my experience.  I came away tired and a little frustrated.  Did I want to have a problem?  No but it would have been nice to have some answers to my fatigue & the snoring/gasping problem my husband says I have at night.

I am going to start checking out some other avenues to figure this one out as well.  Sinus problems & Adrenal Fatigue to name a couple.

I would love to hear from you if you have ever had any problems sleeping that you know of or that your spouse mentioned to you.  What did you do about it?

Be Blessed & Live Healthy!!