I got about 3 to 4 hours sleep from 1030 lastnight to 0600 this morning. I had trouble getting to sleep even though I went to bed at 0200 Friday night/Saturday morning and got up at 0630 on Saturday.
My technician was Susan W she's at Monmouth Medical in Long Branch, NJ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. She is friendly, personable and professional and did I mention Gay Friendly? We chatted about all manner of things while she was wiring me up, which took about 45 minutes, probably longer because I was gabbing.
I had sensors next to the corner of each eye, a microphone to listen for snoring, sensors on my jaw to check if I was clenching my teeth, sensors on my chest to check my heart rhythm, a band around my chest to sense breathing, a band around my belly for ? sensors on the front of both legs to see is I was wagging my feet during sleep and about 7 on my head in various places to see what stage of sleep I was in.
The room was nice, not terribly institutional, but not plush by any means. the bed was comfy and I brought my own pillow which made it all the more easy to sleep, what little I got.
I arrived and the guard greeted me and said that the sleep lab was on the 6th floor, but that registration was, blah, blah, blah, oh and here is your pass... which I promptly stuck on my forehead, which seemed to be a hit with the registration clerk and my sleep technician, Susan. [grin]
after wiring me up, it was would you like some ginger ale or juice?, ginger ale please, diet if you've got it. cool.
off to the room, we've got a video for you to watch and then it's lights out, but you can leave the TV on all night if you want.
Ah, the video...Todd, the cute chubby Respironics bear, was the subject of the video, he and his (video)wife actually, I would SWEAR that Todd was gay(in real life), he's just too (eek) cute to not be gay... full beard in one shot, goatee/scruffy in the next shot, goatee/scruffier in the next shot. during the sleep test he was wearing plaid (flannel) PJs, Woof. [I digress]. Todd, if you're on LJ or see this posting, please contact me, I'd like to, well, you get the idea...
so lights out, TV on, try to get to sleep, about an hour, then I'm off to sleep, for about 1.5 hours, then it's wake up and pee and Susan needs to change out the (connection box) and you experienced 28 awakenings/breathing lapses per hour while you were asleep, the limit for the protocol is 20, so we'll be putting you on the CPAP machine at about 0200. Exactly what I needed to hear at 1230, that I was going to be awakened at 0200 and I was going to get to experience, yet again, something new... I got about 20 mintues of really poor sleep before Susan came in to put the nasal mask on me and turn on the CPAP machine. In chatting with her this morning, I should have advised her earlier that I wasn't getting enough air. I wound up telling her that during some of the breathing cycles I felt as if I was rebreathing my exhaled air, because it felt warm and moist. She said that I should have told her sooner and she would have upped the pressure on the machine and the trouble would have gone away.
While on the CPAP mode I drifted towards sleep several times, but didn't actually get to sleep(Susan told me that I snorted awake several times, possibly due to not enough air pressure from the machine). she came in at about 0315, I went to pee and she adjusted the machine to bi-level, I came back to bed and reconnected and apparently fell asleep about 40 or so mintues later and I slept on through until 0615 when she knocked on the door to disconnect me and unplug the leads.
We chatted for another 1.5 to 1.75 hours and then it was time to leave. While chatting I mentioned that my sleep, over the last week or so was pretty good and I thought that it might be a result of just having finished 3 courses of anti-biotics over the last 5 weeks, for sinus infections and bronchitus, she made note of that for the sleep doctor and said that they might want to call me back for another sleep test (when I was sleeping more average ( read worse ) ).
All in all a good experience, even if I didn't get alot of sleep lastnight I think that I got restful sleep part of the night, which is good.
Now I wait for the Sleep Doctor's report to my ENT and we'll take it from there. I'm kinda hoping that I wind up with a CPAP machine for home trial. I'm not really looking forward to any of the surgeries that I've heard mentioned w/re: sleep apnea.
I'll probably be removing the tape residue from my neck, arms, legs, etc for the next week or so... [yich]