Probably Won’t Sleep

As you read this, I’m hooked up to numerous wires at a hospital and am being observed. I’m writing this early, but not posting it until around 8 pm so that my review of Blueberry Girl doesn’t get ignored :p I have to do a sleep study tonight and I’m dreading it! Here’s the problem…I’ve been tired all the time for as long as I can remember. Like, I can literally take a nap whenever I want to. We’ve run numerous blood tests, etc and they all come back normal. So my doctor wants to see if maybe it’s sleep apnea. So I’m doing the sleep study.

Why am I dreading it you ask? Well…they hook you up to a whole bunch of wires (including something in your nose) and then just tell you to go to sleep while they watch you…at 7:30 in the evening. Considering that I don’t normally go to bed until around three in the morning, I don’t know how this is going to work. And they can’t give you a sleeping pill because they want your natural sleep patterns. Sheesh…I’m going to be up all night. I need Mr. Sandman to pay a visit. Send some sleepy vibes my way, will you?

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Friday Fill Ins

1. When I look to the left, I see a pile of books that includes The Watchmen, The New Fablehaven Book, Lux the Poet by Martin Millar and The Stranger by Max Frei; an alarm clock; my Nabaztag rabbit; and a coffee (which I really shouldn’t be drinking with a sleep study tonight!).

2. None of them is the room that has the best view in my home. The view in this house is really poor.

3. Let it work itself out…there’s only so much you’re in control of.

4. Get your book buying done dirt cheap! Go to bookcloseouts.com

5. Having respect for your fellow citizens is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share.

6. If you have any advice on how to sleep while hooked up to numerous devices and being stared at feel free to send it my way.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to absolutely nothing at all, tomorrow my plans include catching up on sleep missed tonight and Sunday, I want to not go to work…but that won’t happen!

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14 Responses

  1. Hmmm…for some reason the whole idea of the sleep study just seems a bit ridiculous. I mean, who really sleeps like they normally do when they’ve got all sorts of crap hooked up to them and people watching? I don’t think I could sleep *at all* in those circumstances let alone in a way that resembles my natural sleeping pattern!

    Hope you manage to get some sleep! *sleepy vibes* 🙂

  2. Good luck with the test, Chris! It sounds quite different from my own sleep test — for me there was no nose wire; yes they wanted me to go to sleep at 7:30 at night; yes they finally had to give me a sleeping pill because it just wasn’t going to happen with all those wires and somebody watching me all night. And I’m so glad I did it, and I’m so glad they found out why I was so tired all the time. Now I love sleeping AND being able to breath, at the same time!

  3. Chris, I’m sending you sleepy vibes right now!! Hope you’re able to relax and get some zzzzzz’s in so that they can figure out what is wrong!!! Really liked your #3 on your FFI, I need to remind myself of that daily!!

    Take Care 🙂

  4. Oh, I’m so sorry you have to do that. Several years ago I had to do a sleep study and it was horrible. (Hope you don’t read this until morning) Let us know how things go.

  5. Hey Chris … first, my answer to #3 was the same as yours. Secondly, my husband (The Dean) has had two such sleep studies done, as he does indeed have sleep apnea. During the first one, they said he stopped breathing over 200 times in the night! Scary stuff. But, hopefully all will go OK and you will get some answers soon. Hope all goes well!

  6. I had to do a sleep study!!! They found I was coming back to consiousness 57 times an hour, lol.

    Maybe try Robinson Crusoe or somthing? That should help you sleep! 😉

  7. Ohhh my poor baby boy!
    I never could figure out how they think that study works! Not only are you uncomfortable (more so than at home that’s for sure) you are in a strange bed and strange times..and they think what they find out is “normal???” doh, I don’t think so! I do think they can find some things out but whatever your sleep habit THAT NIGHT is NOT normal ! sheesh..
    i do hope they (or another doctor) can help find out why you are so tired all the time.. you are waaaaayyy toooo young for “tired blood”!

  8. Commenting after you’re probably done the sleep study… but I hope it went well!

  9. I hope the study went well, Chris, and that they find what’s up and how to fix it. Being tired all the time is a bummer :/

  10. I hope the results are helpful to you. My husband has rather severe apnea and when he took the sleep study test, he zonked out immediately, because he was always so exhausted from lack of deep sleep. I don’t remember them putting a tube in his nose, but he had wires hooked all over, and the hairless circles on his chest were very funny looking afterward! He now wears an oxygenating mask at night, and while it is irritating, having good rest more than makes up for that.

  11. Chris. I’m a great believer in water. http://www.watercure.com and http://www.watercure2.com. If you can get the book The Bodies cry for water. When I force myself to drink a tonna water, it really really helps. -C

  12. I agree with deslily, there’s no way they can study normal sleep patterns with you being in an unfamiliar place with all that crap attached to you.

    And you know I’ve heard of contraptions that people use for their babies when the doctors suspect sleep apnea. Anyway, it’s a monitor that can be used at home. Seems a much more dependable way to get answers. But probably very expensive for adults :/

  13. I hope they find out soon what keeps you from sleeping well at night! I’ve been in a similar situation for the last 4 years or so, so I feel with you 🙂

  14. Considering my strange sleep schedule I would never be able to go to bed that early! I hope things get figured out for you!

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