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Old 03-03-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Sleep Study?

I have a sleep study scheduled on 3/21.Has anyone done this?What can I expect?

 
Old 03-05-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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Hi Joe,
I've had 3 sleep studies in the past year. The first one was a home study because my insurance co. wouldn't approve an overnight study. That test just gives a yes or no answer as to whether you have sleep apnea. The results were yes, severe sleep apnea so my cardiologist sent me to a pulmanologist who ordered and fought for the second test. The test itself doesn't hurt but it is annoying. You are hooked up to over 30 wires that monitor your heart rate, breathing, etc. and are connected to your arms, legs, chest & head. The test is also videotaped using small cameras. The technician monitors you all night...if you need anything you just talk and they can see & hear you. In my case, I needed a second overnight sleep study because the first one confirmed that I had severe sleep apnea but also pointed to the most serious form, central sleep apnea. The second test was exactly the same as the first and confirmed that it was central sleep apnea where the brain isn't sending the signal to the muscles to breathe and that is treated with the BiPap machine which is more like a respirator. While, wearing the mask when I sleep sometimes is a pain in the neck, I am willing to deal with it because I can't tell you how well I sleep and how good I feel since I started using the machine. Hope this helps )

 
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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Re: Sleep Study?

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Hi Joe,
I've had 3 sleep studies in the past year. The first one was a home study because my insurance co. wouldn't approve an overnight study. That test just gives a yes or no answer as to whether you have sleep apnea. The results were yes, severe sleep apnea so my cardiologist sent me to a pulmanologist who ordered and fought for the second test. The test itself doesn't hurt but it is annoying. You are hooked up to over 30 wires that monitor your heart rate, breathing, etc. and are connected to your arms, legs, chest & head. The test is also videotaped using small cameras. The technician monitors you all night...if you need anything you just talk and they can see & hear you. In my case, I needed a second overnight sleep study because the first one confirmed that I had severe sleep apnea but also pointed to the most serious form, central sleep apnea. The second test was exactly the same as the first and confirmed that it was central sleep apnea where the brain isn't sending the signal to the muscles to breathe and that is treated with the BiPap machine which is more like a respirator. While, wearing the mask when I sleep sometimes is a pain in the neck, I am willing to deal with it because I can't tell you how well I sleep and how good I feel since I started using the machine. Hope this helps )
Thank You for your reply,

The biggest concern I have about the test is, the ability to sleep with all those wires connected to me ,and someone watching me as I sleep.I am really tired of not being able to get proper sleep,and willing to give it a try.

Thanks Again

Joe T

 
Old 03-05-2013, 01:00 PM   #4
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Re: Sleep Study?

It may take you longer than usual to fall asleep...but that wasn't my problem with it. Cut back on the caffeine a couple of days before the test, don't take any naps the day of the test and I found that getting up early & staying up late a couple of days before the test really helped by the third test. If you do have sleep apnea, believe me, it's worth doing the test just to have the answer to your sleep problem.

 
Old 03-23-2013, 12:43 PM   #5
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Re: Sleep Study?

Had my sleep study,and as I expected falling to sleep was tough.I probably slept for a couple of hours.Is that enough time to tell anything?The tech said my Doctor would receive the report,although she hinted at cpap.

 
Old 03-23-2013, 12:49 PM   #6
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You probably slept more than you thought. They can tell alot of what is going on in just a couple of hours because you go through the different stages of sleep and all that is being recorded. If you do have sleep apnea and they recommend the cpap or bipap (depending on what kind you have) try to persevere with getting used to the machine. It's amazing how good you feel when you've had sound and consistent sleep.

 
Old 05-01-2013, 03:24 PM   #7
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I am wondering how you are doing and if you got the cpap machine! My husband did the sleep test and it took a year for him to get used to having the cpap mask on. He still hates it, but, he feels so much better now because he gets quality sleep. He still snores loudly, but, I can actually sleep with him again. Hang in there and give it some time! Also, my brother has cpap machine too. He put a big hook on the wall above his head to hold the tubing. He is able to turn and turn agian without the tubing getting stuck on your arms etc.

 
Old 05-02-2013, 11:12 AM   #8
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Have not seen my Doctor yet,I have an appointment on the 14th.Doctor is busier than a one armed paperhanger.

 
Old 05-02-2013, 02:56 PM   #9
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I had to wait several weeks also to get the results. Don't know why that is but it seems like all specialists are hard to get follow up appts.

 
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