Sleep Study Woes

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EmberKitty
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 4/2/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok so for about 10 years I have had doctors suggest sleep studies to me for my insomnia.  Most insist that sense I am overweight I must have sleep apnea despite the fact that none of my bed partners have ever mentioned me not breathing or gasping for air, and since I got my enlarged tonsils removed I have been told my snoring is nearly non-existant.  So finally my osteopath doctor, whom I adore and respect greatly, has convinced me to finally go through with this.
 
I have a few reservations about this whole thing.  First off, I am so used to having someone in bed next to me that I don't fall asleep very well if at all when I am alone.  Secondly, the wires and electrodes that will be attached to me are a cause for concern because I do toss and turn a lot at night.  Third, ever since my brief stay on a psych ward as a teenager I have been terrified of sleeping in a clinical setting and I am paranoid as it is about being watched.  Granted, this is being done in a hotel room instead of a hospital, which does help some, but when I am alone and freaked out my mind will not let me sleep without heavy sedatives.  I'm not sure that this will even be worth my time if I can't sleep.
 
Anyone else go through one of these and have similar issues?  If so how did you overcome it?  Do you have any tips for me?
Ember aka Jamie
 
Diagnosed 3/09 after 10 years of trying to find an answer.
Rx: Gabapentin 1 1x/day, Valium 1/2-1 3x/Day, Tramadol 1-2 As Needed, Dilaudid 1 as Needed
Other Therapies either trying or will try soon: Yoga, PT, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Massage
 
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EmberKitty
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 4/2/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Right now I don't really take anything specifically to sleep. My Gabapentin does make me a little drowsy, as do the Tramdol and Valium that I sometimes take before bed, and the Dilaudid just knocks my butt out. Not sure what they are going to let me take, but I will bring them all with me. I would rather do an at home study, but nobody has indicated that is a possibility yet. Guess all I can do is try, good thing insurance covers most of this. Thanks!
Ember aka Jamie
 
Diagnosed 3/09 after 10 years of trying to find an answer.
Rx: Gabapentin 1 1x/day, Valium 1/2-1 3x/Day, Tramadol 1-2 As Needed, Dilaudid 1 as Needed
Other Therapies either trying or will try soon: Yoga, PT, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Massage
 
"A lotus is a flower that grows in the mud, the deeper the mud the more beautiful the lotus blooms" Zen Saying
 
I practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty!


EmberKitty
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 4/2/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah my doc seems to think I will be able to sleep like a baby...even though I can barely get comfortable enough go to sleep at home in my own bed next to my hubby with drugs LOL...let alone in some strange room with a strange bed all hooked up to wires and machines.

Then there's one other tiny issue...I stopped sleeping in pajamas about 15 years ago, I have some for lounging around the house, but I never wear them to bed...this ought to be highly entertaining watching me wrap myself up in PJs LOL
Ember aka Jamie
 
Diagnosed 3/09 after 10 years of trying to find an answer.
Rx: Gabapentin 1 1x/day, Valium 1/2-1 3x/Day, Tramadol 1-2 As Needed, Dilaudid 1 as Needed
Other Therapies either trying or will try soon: Yoga, PT, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Massage
 
"A lotus is a flower that grows in the mud, the deeper the mud the more beautiful the lotus blooms" Zen Saying
 
I practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty!


colabear2890
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 4/2/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
i did a sleep test. it was in a hospital, but the room, was like a hotel room. The wires are annoying in the beginning, but i got used to them pretty quickly.

maybe try getting less sleep the night before, like going to bed later and waking up earlier, so you'll be more tired, the night of the test.

good luck!!!

-Aliza
"never regret something that made you smile"


Dagger
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/2/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are convinced that you won't sleep - you won't. Change your mindset and look at it as a relaxing evening alone. It is something you need to do so try to stop worrying about it.

Buy some nice baggy jammies and bring your own pillows. The wires are awkward but tolerable. Don't worry about tossing and turning, many people do. Just make sure to use the bathroom before you get hooked up. You can get up and use the bathroom if you need to, it's just awkward with all the wires.

If you are interested in doing it at home, check with your doc and your insurance company. The home tests don't check for everything so they aren't as thorough and may miss something. I read that the home study indicates a problem, you may need to repeat the test in the lab. This could get expensive if you have to pay part of it. My test cost over $1,000.00 about 6 years ago.

I did my study in a sleep lab. The room was very nice and the bed was really comfortable. I actually had the best night's sleep that I'd had in years. I was worried that they'd miss whatever was interrupting my sleep since I slept so well. The test did show a sleep disorder.

Good luck!

Agmaar
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 4/3/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
A sleep study isn't that bad.  You'll have a meeting with the Dr first to go over your medical history and all that.  He'll probably give you a Rx for one ambien or something to use the night of the study.  The sleep study was done in like a motel room and the techs were understanding.  The worst part for me was that I had to sleep on my back - something I never do.
 
It wasn't a great night's sleep - but they got the data they needed.  And it showed that I do have sleep apnea.  I have a CPAP machine and it's improved the quality of my sleep.  Looking at the whole thing - it was worth it.
Rich
 
Lyme, anxitey, depression, chronic C. Pnuemoniae
 
"... expect the unexpected ..."  (O. Wilde)
 
"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." (Mark Twain)
 
 

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