How appropriate that I write about a sleep study on a night that I'm having trouble falling asleep. :)
I'm officially scheduled to go in for my sleep study at 8 p.m. Oct. 1. I'm told that lights out will be at 10 p.m., and I'm hoping that it doesn't take the entire two hours for them to attach the 20 electrodes to my head and face.
The sleep study ends at 6 a.m. on Oct. 2, and then I get to spend the next 11 hours at hospital for what they call a multiple sleep latency test. For that, I'm allowed a 20 minute nap every two hours, at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. That will determine whether I have narcolepsy and/or the degree of my daytime sleepiness.
I have some qualms about how it will all work. For one thing, I don't fall asleep quickly under the best of circumstances. The person who registered me for the sleep study suggested I get sleeping medicine, such as ambien, but it seems like that would give them an unnatural impression of my sleep habits since I don't normally take sleeping pills. (And honestly, I've tried Ambien and it doesn't work all that well for me most of the time.)
As for the naps -- well, I'll be shocked if I've done more than just about dozed off when they decide the 20 minutes are up and it's time to wake me up. I'm told I can watch TV, DVDs, read or surf the Internet during the periods between my allowed naps. But I'm wondering how the heck they'll keep me from dozing off while reading or watching television. I hope they don't use electric shocks to keep me awake. :)
For a good description of both parts of a sleep study, go here.
My sleep study will be done at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, which is where I was hospitalized last summer and also where I gave birth to Ellie.
I have mixed feelings about it all. I don't really think I have obstructive sleep apnea or narcolepsy -- although you never know -- but it's an apparently necessary step to try to persuade the insurance company to cover Provigil, which my internist wants me to try to see if it helps with my debilitating fatigue.
I just hope I don't decide to sleep walk while I'm there ... :) when I was in college, the girls in my sorority used to whisper about my sleep walking. I'd have thought it was all an elaborate joke, but a couple good friends insisted they'd seen me do it more than once.
I was told that during the MSLT part of the study, I could walk around the hospital and visit the cafeteria, but I don't really see that happening. I think I'll be embarrassed enough about all the electrodes and wires that I'll be asking them to bring me my meals in my room.
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