Sleep study

By 2catty Latest Reply 2009-01-14 09:56:36 -0600
Started 2009-01-09 11:58:39 -0600

I go tonight to have a sleep study a the hospital. Has any one had one before? Because I am nervous and don't really want to go. They are trying to figure out why I have constant severe headaches. They said a lot of wires are hooked up to me. Do they put anything over my mouth or nose? Because I will freak out.

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Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2009-01-13 22:31:48 -0600 Report

Hi! I have had the fun of sleep lab 5 times. Now days it is like going to a hotel. Big colored tv, sterio, Big over stuffed chair that my sweet husband sleeps in. Big comfortable bed and accesiable restroom. The reason I mention the restroom, the first two times I could get on the potty but not off without help (so humiliating). I have sleep apnea caused from polio. I use a bi-pap machine. It breathes for me when my body can't do it on it's own. It has saved my life. My problem is that sometime during the night I take off my mask and then I can't stay awake during the day. I take meds to help me stay awake during the day. I'm very concerned because If my Husband isn't with me I can fall asleep and not ever wake up. Not that I'm afraid of dying. But I have 5 Grandchildren to see grow up and I need to take care of my wonderful husband. If you pray could you pray for me, I will be very thankful for that.

Your Friend
JoAnna Gaumond

2catty 2009-01-13 23:16:08 -0600 Report

I feel so bad for you. You sound like you have a wonderful husband though. I am a spiritual person but not a christian, but I will pray in my own way for you and my sister is a christian and she will pray for you. Blessed be.

JoDanzer 2009-01-14 04:17:41 -0600 Report

I love my cpap. I had to sleep one night without it (I had left it at the airport)..anyway, I forgot how much I was up before I got it.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-14 04:57:51 -0600 Report

I hate summer nights when an electrical storm causes us to lose power. I spend that time trying to stay awake. Trying to sleep without my C-PAP is very uncomfortable and dangerous for me.

Evelyn - 14829
Evelyn - 14829 2009-01-12 11:49:23 -0600 Report


2catty 2009-01-12 12:36:07 -0600 Report

I don't hardly ever eat chocolate. They think my headaches are due to not enough oxygen at night. Classic sleep apnea.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-12 15:18:48 -0600 Report

Yawning is another sign of lack of oxygen…Debe

2catty 2009-01-12 15:27:55 -0600 Report

I constantly yawn at night and quite a bit in the daytime. I thought that was a sign but did not know for sure.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-12 15:33:38 -0600 Report

I've been on C-PAP for almost 8 years and I bet I can count on one hand the number of times I've yawned since then. My wife used to tell me to stop yawning so much. Not anymore.

2catty 2009-01-12 18:15:51 -0600 Report

I appreciate everybody's support so much. It has really been a big help and very informative. I have had some real a-ha moments with these posts. My 2 tests went well. I hope it doesn't take long to get the full report. I appreciate everybody's help with this. I will keep you posted.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-13 15:37:01 -0600 Report

Oh the humanity. My poor goat.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-11 07:13:55 -0600 Report

What??? No Goat Ride???

dj7110 2009-01-10 20:09:03 -0600 Report

I have had this done a few times.. first time was just all wired up.. but tested positive for sleep apnea.. have had periodic ones ever since to make sure I'm still on the right settings for my mask. Of course after being diagnosed I've had to alwys had to wear my mask or nasal air lines every time for testing and sleep at home. best of luck to ya and hope all goes well.

asplenda 2009-01-10 19:38:21 -0600 Report


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-10 19:04:38 -0600 Report

I don't sleep very much throughout the night. I have no clue why though. I have my nights and day confused. They want me to see a lung specialist about this. I have know clue why. I probably need a lung specialist, only because I figure the pulmonolist MD in my city runs the sleep lab. Why don't I see a connection there…Debe

2catty 2009-01-10 19:09:12 -0600 Report

Hmmm that is odd. But as long as you get the help you need. Thanks for everybody's support by the way. I actually had no clue that I had a problem until last night. I thought this test was for nothing basically but I was wrong. I may have a combination of problems and maybe I can be helped with them and finally get some relief.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-10 19:19:56 -0600 Report

There's a definite link between diabetes and sleep apnea, so very likely you both have it, if you're having sleeping problems. Sleep apnea in and of itself can be very serious if not caught and dealt with.

2009-01-10 19:41:15 -0600 Report

I have sleep apnea after 2 sleep studies. One on my own where I stopped breathing in my sleep 8 times an hour (wakes you up every time it happens, at least partially) and one with a cpap machine where I slept through the night with only 2 episodes that the machine helped me correct. I sleep with the cpap machine every night now. It has a humidifier where you add water so I call it "Juan" and tell people I sleep with 'Juan the pool boy' at night.. LOL At first, I was scared to sleep with it and didn't want anyone to know. I even said "I'm single you can't do this to me, who will ever want me now" but now it's so nice to get a good nights sleep that I wonder what it would be like without it. Also, if a man can't deal with me having that on at night then he doesn't deserve me.. :) The new man in my life has seen it and we've talked about it and he's ok with it but he's too new to sleep over LOL TMI I know… Don't fret about it though it's easy to get used to and it's also great to feel refreshed in the morning from actually sleeping!!


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-10 19:51:29 -0600 Report

They say for good health you are required a good night of sleeping. It also has something to do with weight loss. Believe me if I could sleep boy I couls see the 30#s I need to lose melt right off. But all I do at night is toss and turn. I think and think and think and have no clue of what I am always thinking about. I know I am disappointed in not being to the stage of therapy I thought I would be at, and I beating myself night and day. Its always on my mind 24/7. Maybe I could sleep if I knew what to do to improve this. Or is this a sleeping disorder?..
…clueless in PA (LOL)…Debe

2009-01-10 21:25:13 -0600 Report

I also take 3 mg of Melatonin before bed and that helps me sleep. Our bodies make Melatonin in the dark but some of us don't make enough. You can buy it at any drug store or walmart type store. It makes me really sleepy and I'm off to dream land in short order. May be worth a try for you.


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-10 21:40:24 -0600 Report

I will have to ask about that through my Transplant MD. I am not allowed to take anything without their knowledge. I won't do anything to hurt this transplant, but I will definately bring this meducation to their attention and see if I can take it.Thanks Judy…Debe

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-11 05:24:19 -0600 Report

I had the same sleeping habits that you describe. I was the manager of a Home Center and when I wasn't there…I was there, because the store was always in my conscious and subconscious thoughts.

My doctor prescribed Zoloft. She said what it does is makes it impossible for you to think about one thing for a long time before your brain will jump to something else. So it makes you scatter brained. I do know it works for me and I have been taking them now for over 10 years and sleep like a baby, (well not exactly like a baby, I mean I don't wear a diaper…yet.)

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-11 06:57:47 -0600 Report

Thanks so much, I am writing anything new friends are suggesting on this site. It helps with questions I have to ask my MD. Loed knows I never go to the MD without a list of questions. I think I probably have my own MD tossing and turning the night before my appointments worried about knowung answers to my millions os questions(LOL)…Debe

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-11 07:48:33 -0600 Report

I dealt with that same problem for more years than I care to think about - working as hard in my dreams as I was in the daytime, if able to sleep, or waking at night and being unable to shut down and get back to sleep. Should have allowed the doctor to give me something long ago, but a couple of years ago was prescribed Lexapro, as I've shared before, which did the trick for me. I take the lowest dosage, and now only take 1 every other day. It's an anti-anxiety medication. No side effects and not addictive. Helps me keep calm during hectic family times and stressful times at work as well.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-09 12:29:20 -0600 Report

I'll bet your doctor didn't even mention to you that you had to ride a goat either? My gosh. The humanity.

Actually, now that my evil twin has left the room, let me tell you what to expect.

You will experience basically a night in a motel room. There is a TV, they may even get you a bed time snack. The nurse will come into your room and take down a bunch of information. She'll leave and give you time to take a shower and get into bed. Then the nurse will come in and place a bunch of wires on you to monitor all your vital signs. They are attached with those little adhesive disks as if you were having an EKG. Then you go to sleep. If you need to get up to use the bathroom you have to buzz her to come in and unhook you. Even though you could unhook yourself, it's better if they do it for you. The room will be as dark and quiet as you want it to be. Usually directly in front of the bed on the opposite wall will be an infrared camera so they can watch you throughout the night.

There is nothing covering your face. There are a couple of wires on your head, but again there is nothing in your nose or covering your face.

The next morning they will wake you up at whatever time you decide on and she will again ask you some questions like "How did last night's sleep compare to your normal night's sleep? Stuff like that.

She may even bring you a cup of coffee or a glass of juice, or give you a coupon for breakfast in the cafeteria. After the question and answer period she'll tell you who and when to contact, you get dressed and sign out and off you go about the rest of your day.

2catty 2009-01-09 14:41:23 -0600 Report

Thank goodness. I freak out when something is covering my mouth or nose. It seems simple enough. Hope I don't do anything weird in my sleep.LOL

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-09 14:46:34 -0600 Report

They will definitely be able to tell you if you do…,but they won't. It will probably be the best night sleep you have had in a while.

2catty 2009-01-09 15:19:02 -0600 Report

Hopefully they will find out why I have such horrible daily headaches. I think it might be teeth clenching. Because I do it in the daytime too. I can't stop myself. Plus I have TMJ

2catty 2009-01-09 15:29:43 -0600 Report

It is a jaw disorder. Where you have a lot of jaw popping in the joint area. And it can cause pain. People can actually here it when it pops.

2009-01-09 15:45:10 -0600 Report

Mine just popped and it had a sharp snapping noise.. Didn't hurt though. Mine only hurts if I open my mouth too wide like to bite an apple or if I chew gum.

TMJ oh how fun it is..

2catty 2009-01-12 12:23:56 -0600 Report

It is a jaw disorder. When you eat or open your mouth the joints in your jaw pops. And sometimes when you eat your jaw hurts and feels like you been chewing forever even on the first bite.

2009-01-09 15:44:04 -0600 Report

What you had to ride a goat? I had to wrestle a pig before lights out… lol

2catty 2009-01-09 15:50:31 -0600 Report

Yeppers sometimes mine hurts while chewing. I looked it up and they said TMJ can cause headaches too. But I can't do anything about it because the only treatment is jaw surgery and that ain't happing. By the way my neighbor has a goat. I wonder if he would mind if I rode it to town? Cheaper on gas.LOL

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-09 17:14:24 -0600 Report

Oh no! It's contagious!

jaclyncrystal 2009-01-09 21:17:29 -0600 Report

totally agree, thanks guys for a good laugh and for the valuable information that did come out of this. good luck in your test, and least now when I get to go I will know what to expect or not to expect, a goat you are nuts. hugs jackie

Bluebutterfly 2009-01-09 21:35:57 -0600 Report

With all the wires attached to your head,I think you would be wired for sound.By the way don't toot in your sleep it will be recorded.Lol. I have to get off this computer before my fingers get me in trouble again. Good luck and Good night.

2catty 2009-01-10 18:40:30 -0600 Report

Well I did the test. I had more wires hooked up to me, I could have jump started a car. It was really comfortable though, the room that is. A big comfortable bed, a private room, books and pretty furniture. And this was just a little small town hospital. My nurse was wonderful. They even brought me breakfast in the morning. Which they usually don't do. But the bad news is, she said I only slept 5 minutes out of the 6 hours of test. That is normal for me though. So they put it as a no charge and want me back tonight. So I go back in a little bit with Tylenol PM. Wish me luck.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-10 19:01:11 -0600 Report

Good luck! My daughter has been through the test twice. She is awaiting her C-Pap machine right now. Sounds as though you definitely have a problem with your sleep. Hope they can get you some relief very quickly. Keep us posted.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-10 19:38:19 -0600 Report

I am wishing you alot of luck with this. You have encouraged me to look into having this done too. Thanks…Debe

2catty 2009-01-11 13:43:21 -0600 Report

Well I am done. Back at home, thank goodness. They said I have bruxism even in my deep sleep. I am also a chronic insomniac. I knew that though. They said a cpap machine may be needed. I don't want one though. But they said I may not be getting enough oxygen through the night which may cause my headaches. That does make perfect since. I never thought of that before but it is logical.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-11 13:46:16 -0600 Report

The real problems are stroke and heart attack, however. You definitely need to do whatever it takes. I know a number of people on C-Pap or Bi-Pap machines, and most of them have found those to provide them great relief.

sparkysmom 2009-01-11 14:39:17 -0600 Report

At first I thought no way about the machine. After that first night I would KILL if anyone messed with my CPAP! The difference in quality of sleep for me is night and day.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-11 14:50:55 -0600 Report

Jackoline is right on the money. I would not consider going to bed without my C-PAP. I wake up every morning refreshed and ready to start the day. I think it's funny that most of the people I work with are 30 years my junior and they are always dragging around and not ready to work for a couple of hours. I love my C-PAP and I consider it a life saver and a blessing.

2catty 2009-01-11 20:00:21 -0600 Report

Really? Wow I feel a little better about it now. I just kinda feel like I'm in pitiful shape or something. I guess I get tired of every time I turn around I feel like something is wrong with me. I think my family thinks I am the sickly one. But the thing about it they get sick more than me. I just have health issues. That is how I view it. I think I am healthy, just have issues to work on. But I do feel better knowing that I am not alone and this might make me feel better and not drag through the day. Thank you.