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Old 02-26-07, 01:12 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever done one of these?
A friend suggested it... thinking maybe it might provide some answers... my docotor asked me about it...
idk...
I just don't see the point... I know if you have sleep apnea, they can use it to diagnose...
but if the thing is that you just can't sleep - aren't tired... what are they going to watch you doing? Laying there and twiddling your thumbs?
And who says that one's behavior would be the same at the sleep study as it is at home...
Idk... rarely I get to sleep w/o trouble... when I'm depresed, I sometimes sleep a lot more than I need to... and am still tired... but most of the time I don't sleep that much...
When I'm even keel, I'll sleep maybe 6 hours, sometimes 7 1/2, max...
but it's been like 6 months since I've done that... idk- maybe idk 3 or 4x...
most of the time I sleep more like 4 - 5 1/2 hours... sometimes more like 3, occasionally not at all...
I can't take a nap at all... no matter how tired I am... or guaranteed I can't sleep at night...
Last night I took Nyquil at 12:00 (bc of my cold/cough)... and when 12:45 hit and I still wasn't sleepy at all... I took 2 doses of Melatonin (which often works) and even that + the Nyquil didn't work...
No idea why I couldn't sleep... Just tossing + turning + maybe a little doze here + there...
so today I'm falling asleep in the car, at the doctor's office, waiting for a precript at walgreens, sitting here at my computer... but I can't nap!
And come 10:30 tonight I won't be tired again... :?
I've tried Ambien, Sonata, Trazadone, Xanex, Benadryl... they're all either too strong and I'm groggy the next day, or not strong enough and don't work 1/2 the time... or I'm kinda scared of it (Xanex)...
so Idk... what do they do at a sleep study and how in the world could it help w/ insomnia?
Oh and yes... food does nothing for me... workouts can help... or not...
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Old 02-26-07, 02:30 PM   #2
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straw,..I urge you to get a sleep study,
There is so much that they can find out about your sleep habits..
Did you know if you have sleep apnea,..it means that at some point you're not getting enough oxygen ,...do you snore?...that sometimes is a good indication but,..not alawys...also,..people with sleep problems describe what you have described,..they say they feel as if they have been up all night,..when in fact they really have slept more than they thought,...
Also,..sleep problems have been closely linked to depression,..and a general ill feeling....
Now,..if they find that you have sleep apnea,..they will prescribe a C-pap. A C-pap,.is a mask that you wear while you sleep,..that causes you to breathe properly,.and helps you sleep more soundly,..but,..you must have the sleep study first. Usually but not always, pulmonary specialists run the test,..
I think it's worth a try, straw,......

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See, that's the thing, Jupes... I'm pretty sure I don't have sleep apnea... I could be wrong, but... when it comes to snoring, I only do so when I'm congested - i.e. I either have a cold, or allergies are bothering me...
and I've asked roomates and such if they've ever noticed my snoring or stopping breathing... (My stepfather had a *bad* case of apnea... and I think Sam might have it... he shakes the whole bed sometimes, and sometimes stops breathing - but only for a few seconds...)
all my friends/roommates have told me that I talk in my sleep (yes, i do, used to sleepwalk and kick things too... (like the wall)) :) but that I don't normally snore or have apnea related behaviors...
except that I know I have trouble sleeping when Ii'm congested - can't use my nose + so my mouth dries out... maybe that's what happened last night, why I kept waking up all night...

I just didn't see how if it was just trouble falling asleep bc of thoughts or whatever... how a sleep study would help... I don't know...

But I was just reading up on it... seems like they use sleep studies to diagnose quite a few sleep disorders... not just apnea...
so idk... I'll talk to my doctor about it... Thanks, Jupes...
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A few links in case anyone else is interested... About sleep studies, sleep habits and sleep disorders... The webMD site describes ways to ease insomia + other sleep problems...

http://www.talkaboutsleep.com/
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/default.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_disorder
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I've had a sleep study before - their a piece of cake and kinda fun too.

My test showed that I wake up alot for no reason.

When my mom went in the hospital last year for a kidney stone, I woke up when the nurse gave her a morphine shot, 5 mins later she was barely breathing and the nurses had left her to sleep. If I hadn't been there, things might have gone badly different. I made her get a sleep study and they found she had really bad apnea - she would stop breathing a lot so now she sleeps with a machine on and can't believe how much better she feels.

We even had a hospital here giving out these testing kits that you just took home for a night and it was free.
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hmm... that's good to know, CBL.
So they said you wake up for no reason... Were they able to help w/ that? Did you want them to help w/ that?
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Basically I think they were saying my emotions were effecting my sleep.

I've been in therapy for years, I'm a Vet. so I go to the VA free.
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oh, I see... yeah... I could do it probably.. have insurance...
yeah, I go see one too...
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