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I Think I May Have a Sleep Problem…

This….         and this….          looks much like I did at the Sleep Center.

I have always thought that I go to sleep in one position ( on my side) and wake up in exactly the same spot the next morning, but my night at the Sleep Center was definitely not that way.  I still believe I don’t move when sleeping at home, but I know for a fact I danced all over that bed!

I was a bit nervous, but the nurse who was in charge of my case was wonderful.  He was very professional, but had a sense of humor, and I relaxed before very long.  I was surprised at that my room was similar to that of a hotel (with the exception of the monitoring devices on the side table!).  There was a recliner, full bath, and a full size bed.  A TV (with cable) was there with a remote, so I was set.  The bed linens were not 1000 thread count like I am used to, but I could handle that one issue.:)  I was allowed to have my phone, so I called my husband to make sure he was watching “Lost Girl“.  I called my mother to tell her to turn into the Hallmark Channel as they were showing a movie based on the Janette Oke novels of which she is a fan.  I read 2 of my most recent writers magazines and then continued the Stephanie Laurens romance novel I am currently reading (The Reckless Bride).  So, I had every convenience available to me to make my stay as enjoyable as possible.

For anyone interested, here is the actual sleep study process, so if you ever have to do it, you’ll have a general idea of what may take place:

I had to have at least 6 1/2 hours of sleep for the study for insurance purposes, so I had to be hooked up and try to g0 to bed by 11:30, in order to be finished in time for the staff to clock out at 7:00 a.m.  Here is what the nurse had to do to get me prepped for the night’s study:

  1. He had to attach SEVERAL electrodes to my scalp using a thick paste-like substance.
  2. He placed electrodes beside my eyes and jaw.  A strap was wrapped around my waist, and another around my chest ( it was wrapped over my gown, and not touching my skin.
  3. When I got in the bed, he had to attach an electrode to each of my shins.
  4. Then all of these b’zillion wires were attached to the monitor, and we were in business!
  5. He left the room and called back with instructions of things I needed to do to make sure the equipment was reading my movements (blinking, lifting a leg, holding my breath, looking to the left, right, up, and down, etc.)
  6. Then he said “Good night!” and the show began (you are on camera, even in the dark, so your movements during the night can be evaluated

Of course I couldn’t go right to sleep, so I drummed my fingers and wiggled my feet in boredom, with my eyes wide open, staring at the ceiling in the dark.  I checked my phone a few times to see what time it was, too.  I tossed and turned trying to get comfortable on a strange bed.  I have memory foam on my bed at home and it is perfect,  This was very not perfect.  I did take my own pillow, and that helped some.  I was very aware of not wanting to move too far, because I didn’t know if my head would pull back due to being connected by wires (wasn’t sure how much leeway I had – kind of like when a chained dog wants to chase something and it runs out of chain and it is jerked back- THAT’S what I wanted to avoid!)  After an hour or more I dozed off for an hour or two and awoke to check my phone for time, and went back to sleep.  Dozed and woke again.  Slept and woke at 5:30.  I buzzed the intercom and told them I was ready.  The nurse said he needed 15 more minutes to make the needed amount of time and then he’d be down to unhook all the wires.

Soon I was unhooked, and happily on my way out the door, with lumps of paste all over my head.  I came home and shampooed my hair, and the goonk rinsed out easily.

Now, I will wait to return this Friday for another night of the study.  I don’t know for sure, but am assuming this time it may be with the head-gear (CPAP machine), or maybe just more of the same to be sure of the diagnosis of sleep apnea (which nurse said only a doctor can say for sure, but based on what he saw and his experience, I probably will have it).  So, if I do get the label, I’ll get to wear head-gear straight out of “Top Gun” or some villanous costume from the movies!

My bottom line message for this post is:  Don’t sweat it if you need to have this done!!  It was no big deal!  I’m sure the rapport between my nurse and myself helped tremendously, but even if he was a jerk, the process is painless and not anything to fret over.

I hope everyone has a good week.  I’ll check back with you on Saturday, and let you know the end result to this sleep study!  Take care!

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Sleep Problem? I Don’t Have a Sleep Problem!

              ……….OR   ?

Tonight at 8:00 p.m., I will step inside The Sleep Center and hear the door lock behind me.  I have no idea what is going to happen after that.  Well, not exactly.  I do know the following:

  •  I will change into pajamas at some point.
  • I will have electrodes attached to me.
  • I will have a TV in my room to watch if I choose to do so.
  • I will have a camera, complete with audio watching everything I do.
  • I don’t have to go to sleep at a certain time.
  • I am not supposed to take a nap today (Sorry,  already did that, as I went to bed at 2 a.m. and woke up at 6:30 a.m.)
  • No caffeine after 3:00 this afternoon.

I really don’t know why I have to go do this in the first place.  I don’t snore .  I make a low growling sound.  There is a big difference.  I don’t hold my breath when I sleep.  My husband does that – even when he’s awake!  My husband told my endocrinologist that I don’t get enough sleep, and that is why I have to spend this Friday night AND next Friday night at The Sleep Center.  The reason I don’t get enough sleep is because I am a writer that prefers quiet, uninterrupted time to write, and that only happens around here when everyone else goes to sleep.  I stay up until early morning hours, and try to get going at the regular time because I have obligations and responsibilities.  So here I am.

There are a lot of things I don’t like about this set-up:

  • l don’t like the idea of feeling like I am on a reality show like Big Brother with cameras focused on me all the time.  I don’t like audio because I don’t know what kind of sounds besides snoring/growling they may hear once I’ve gone to Nappyland!!
  • I don’t like being somewhere that may have a deranged insomniac on site!  I hope I can lock my door, but doubt it.  Guess I can pack hair spray and a stiletto for protection!  A four-inch spike heel can do some damage as long as I don’t hesitate!  (I’ve watched 50+ episodes on The Mentalist on ion network this summer, so I am primed should some crime scene take place!)
  • I hope nobody has ever died there and haunted spirits roam the facility, because they will definitely look me up since I have psychic dreams and intuition (no joke- it is passed down on my mother’s side apparently.  There is one woman each generation with the “gift” and it appears to be me for my generation).  I don’t want to think about a sleep-deprived spirit.  Probably pretty darn grouchy!

What can I do to make the evening more bearable, maybe entertaining?  Here are some thoughts I’ve had on that subject:

  • I will probably do a concert for the poor souls on duty tonight.  I love to sing, and I can sing (or so I’ve been told), so I will make a song list before I go, and try to sing as many as possible before sleep overtakes me.
  • I considered ordering a pizza to be delivered around 11:00 p.m. just for laughs, but probably won’t spend the money just for a laugh, and because I’m sure they won’t unlock the door to accept it.  (Why are they so hip on locking the doors?  Do they think one of us will say, “Forget this!  I’m out of here!” and yank off the electrodes and leave mid-case study?)
  • I’ll pack some Smartfood popcorn to snack my way through the evening. Maybe a few bottles of water.  Maybe they will have “chewy ice” in the ice maker and I can eat that all night.  IT IS THE BEST! (I am iron deficient, and that is something common to those of us with that problem.  No joke.)
  • I have the current romance novel by Stephanie Laurens I started this week.  Maybe I’ll finish it.
  • I’ll take my trusty Nook and play Jewel Match and see if I can get past level 82, my current record.
  • I may take my laptop to try to complete my third novel which is almost to the end.  I’m not sure if the setting is conducive to romance writing (unless there is a gorgeous male nurse on duty to inspire me!)
  • Maybe I’ll “fan the dial” and see if there are some good crime dramas scheduled for this evening.

HEY!!!  Maybe I’ll just go to sleep at 8:30 and sleep through the night since that may be the best, and quickest, way to get through this.

If anyone reads this post and has actually gone through a sleep study, I welcome your comments on your experience.  Right now, even if they say I need that head-gear/machine to help me sleep better, I doubt I’ll get it.  I think I will look like a fighter pilot in the cockpit like in the movie,  Top Gun.  I spoke with a lady in the waiting room of The Sleep Center when I went for my consultation appointment.  She came outright and said her husband asked if there wasn’t something more sexy available for her to wear every night.  I suggested she hot glue black lace and tiny black satin ribbons on it.  Maybe even a sheer black veil edged in lace or satin ribbon?  If she could take on a dominatrix persona while in said suggested gear, that might do the trick and add a whole new side to their sex life, too!

Like I said, please send any suggestions or comments of what I can expect.  I will write tomorrow to tell you what ACTUALLY happens.  Have a great day, and a better weekend!:)