View Full Version : had a sleep study done...

02-07-14, 02:09 PM
If there's a way to measure "normal" and "small" sleep studies, I suppose my first was a small one. It was a funny little device I wore on my head with the nose oxygen thingy as well... don't think it put out any O2, so I'm not exactly sure what it did...

A day after I returned it to the dentist (he treats mild sleep disorders), they called me... I didn't get around to talking to someone until the second day in which they told me I had "Very severe obstructive sleep apnea" and would be sent to a sleep specialist.

I suppose all these years of never sleeping through the night, horrible insomnia, and always being exhausted during the day weren't just me being lazier than I already am...

What I'd like to know though, and might very well soon find out, is how sleep apnea exacerbates my ADHD.

02-07-14, 02:59 PM
Lack of sleep definitely exacerbates ADHD symptoms and I think it also makes stimulants less effective.

And maybe sleep apnea causes an insufficient intake of oxygen? :scratch:

Just guessing. Is there anything you can do about the sleep apnea?

02-07-14, 03:07 PM
yeah, but I won't know what exactly til I go to the sleep clinic and talk with the doc & possibly have an overnight sleep study done... the one I did was just a little thingy I wore to sleep in.

02-08-14, 01:35 AM
I just did a sleep study last night, after learning here on ADDF that my issues with sleep actually have a name: delayed sleep phase disorder. I was connected to about 20 electrodes/wires, heart monitor, things around abdomen and chest, plus the nose thing you mentioned. It's to monitor your breathing (and, I imagine, check for apnea). The night before my study, I got about six hours of sleep and was extremely tired after 9.5 hours of studio classes at school. I took melatonin, but no Trazodone because I wanted my "normal" sleep to be monitored. I was all wired up by 10:30 PM, read my book until 1:30 AM (yay almost finished it, and I probably won't remember much of what I read), turned off the light, and couldn't fall asleep until around 3:30 (I think). By the time I was awoken at 6:00, I was apparently just getting to third stage SWS. Normal night of sleep for me.

I'm hoping to get some insight out of this, and perhaps some help. This is how my sleep has been since I was a kid. I never get restful sleep when I'm on a normal diurnal circadian rhythm. I told the sleep technician last night that between my sleep problems and ADHD, I've essentially been exhausted my whole life. He laughed, thinking I was joking, until I explained it in detail. He did tell me that people are able to turn circadian rhythm disorders around, though, over time. That would be great.