View Full Version : Going to do my first sleep study soon!

07-02-12, 02:06 AM
I'm pretty sure I have sleep apnea as well as chronic insomnia, so I'm doing my first sleep study soon.

Has anyone here ever done one? I don't know very much about what to expect.

07-02-12, 02:14 AM
My husband has. He said the room was like a hotel room. They put gooey electrodes on your head and chest. Then you do what you normally do, they might have a dvd player. You can bring books to read, etc. You then go to sleep. Once you wake up,they take you out of the room to a different room to stay awake for a certain period of time (like an hour or two) and eat breakfast. Then you go back to sleep for an hour, then they wake you up. This is done 2-3 more times. You get lunch there too. Then they take all the stuff off and you go home. At least, that was his experience. You get your results from the doctor who ordered them after a couple weeks.

07-02-12, 02:17 AM
I'm supposed to have one scheduled too, but I'm thinking ritalin will affect my normal sleep pattern (insomnia, etc).

07-02-12, 09:41 AM
I had one of these.......

I didn't have sleep apnea, but found out I have the nightime version of restless legs. (PLMS) Periodic Limb movement during sleep. I was twitching every 8 seconds for a couple hours, waking myself up but not even knowing it. Small amounts of ativan fixed the issue.

This was before I was on diagnosed with ADHD

07-02-12, 09:45 AM
My family doctor has sent me to two sleep studies over the years when I mentioned that others tell me that I'm a heavy snorer. The rooms were more like a medical room with monitoring and other equipment. It was harder to sleep since you're not in your normal bedroom. Your brain, breathing, heart and face are monitored through the night. I was woken up in the morning and just left (no meals).

I was found to have sleep apnea. The conventional treatment is a CPAP machine, which is expensive. The last specialist told me that the bottom line is "Does it adversely affect your life enough that you need to spend for treatment?" My reply was no, I didn't even notice most of the time that I snored or had sleep apnea; I got my 8 hours of sleep and was reasonably productive during the day.

Good luck!

07-02-12, 03:38 PM
Thanks for the info and well wishes!

Yeah, I am already worried about the cost of the CPAP machine. I'm pretty sure I do have sleep apnea based on what people who have slept around me have said. I think it will be a matter of seeing exactly how much oxygen I'm losing. My therapist told me about a client she had who presented symptoms of multiple personality disorder that were actually caused by oxygen deprivation due to sleep apnea.