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Mar 14, 2016 5:36 PM

My doctor has arranged for a sleep study for me. I guess it's some machine they give me for one night to check my oxygen levels. I don't know why, but my anxiety levels have gone way up. Has anyone been through this test? What happens afterwards?

Mar 14, 2016 6:08 PM

A sleep study is when u go Into the hospital for two separate nights they hook up to a machine lots of wires attached to your head. They video you whike u sleep to see if u snore stop breathing or whatever whike u sleep

Mar 14, 2016 6:28 PM

Oh, so, I wonder if this is the step before the actual sleep study...that eases my anxiety a bit.
How am I supposed to sleep away from home...without my husband (who does snore) and my pugs (who also snore!) It'll be too quiet for me to sleep...

Mar 14, 2016 6:30 PM

Well..they say to bring all your meditation and some five u something to sleep. But not til after a few hours. And getting actual.sleep is not there concern.. Most likely I'll go home and sleep for real.

Mar 14, 2016 6:32 PM

dlwc58, that made me laugh because my other half used to snore before we started taking medications for allergies. It was several weeks before I could sleep the night through because he stopped snoring and it scared me thinking he had stopped breathing! I can laugh about it now, but it was terrifying at first!

Mar 14, 2016 6:39 PM

ScaryAnnie, Funny you say that...I actually wake up if one of them stops. We have a special needs pug, and I've actually made my husband wake up to see if he is breathing (his lungs are displaced, so if he's sleeping at a particular angle you can't feel him breathing).

Newfibrogirl, you made me giggle, the bit about going home to sleep. Thanks. I needed that!

Mar 14, 2016 9:43 PM

New, you are not the only one that does that. With my last one, I did not sleep but instead went home and slept for 5 hours. Have another one next Monday night. DLWC, it also helps to bring a familiar pillow or blanket from home if you can. I always bring my pillow, a throw blanket and my teddy bear cause that's what I need to sleep.

Mar 14, 2016 10:13 PM

How do you think they'd feel about one or two little pugs? 😊

Mar 14, 2016 10:18 PM

The sleep study can be done in the hospital setting or at home. I had one in patient... They offered me one at home...but I thought a night away... Hooked up like I am on death row and strange men watching me sleep...why turn that down? Actually that was a good night of sleep...I was the last one waking and leaving the unit. Sleep apnea is the one thing I do not have!!

Mar 14, 2016 10:21 PM

MySistersKeeper, warn a girl! I about chocked on my tea when I read that!

Mar 15, 2016 12:33 AM

I've had sleep study done and I didn't have to go into hospital. They gave me a monitor to wear for 2 nights. An oximetry. It fits on your finger. And it's attached to an oversized watch thing which monitors your oxygen levels through the night. And your heart rate. From that they will decide if you need more in depth tests. Which I'm having on the 22nd of this month. Which I'll also do at home. And hopefully I'll get my overall from that.

Mar 15, 2016 1:11 AM

There are different studies that can be done call the clinic that is doing the study they will answer all your questions. My niece had an oxygen test that was done at home. Put a oxygen monitor on her finger as she slept. My daughter had epilepsy so we had to keep her up all night and get her to the doctors office for EEG at sunrise for her 2 hour test. I had a 8 hour sleep study done at a hospital that seemed more like a hotel room. At the time they said i had restless leg sydrome. Negative sleep apnea.

Mar 15, 2016 4:29 AM

I have done sleep study twice! Found that I have REM sleep disorder,sleep apnea,and restless leg syndrome! Had it done at the hospital,it is painless,except for the wires kept falling off and they kept waking me up to reattach the wires! One would think that at 52 ,I wouldn't sleepwalk....but no...lol! No treatment was given to me after the studies,just a lot of question about my sleepwalking,driving,eating,you name it I have probably done it in my sleep! Sleep has always been my worse enemy... Urg!

Mar 15, 2016 11:20 AM

MySistersKeeper, I'm waddling to the bathroom as I type this!!! You're just too much.. Thanks for the laugh, but I'm not wetting my pants today.. LOL!! 💕😂😂

Mar 15, 2016 1:20 PM

The oxygen monitor on the finger would make them think I'm dead on some nights. When my Raynauds kicks in they can't get a reading from one of them. The last scope they did of my throat they had to use an ear clip instead of the finger monitor.

Mar 15, 2016 10:36 PM

I called the clinic at the hospital. They're sending me home with the oversized watch and the clip for my finger, to be returned the next day. Depending on that, I may have to go in for further testing.

ScaryAnn, I was wondering about that, too. When I went in for knee replacement surgery, my oxygen monitor kept going off...they thought my oxygen levels were low, but no, they were fine...they just had to change fingers.

Does sleep apnea usually go hand in hand with autoimmune diagnosis?

Mar 18, 2016 2:53 AM

I think sleep apnea is more common among the obese population. My relatives that have sleep apnea are obese. One was dibetic and another has COPD.
I think that when you struggle with sleep the study checks for more than just sleep apnea, but once that is rulled out the other observations made can pin point other sleep disturbances.

Mar 18, 2016 10:30 AM

I'm obese and don't have apnea

Mar 18, 2016 3:48 PM

I did have trouble with my O2 levels after knee replacement surgery. And, I am overweight. I appreciate everyone's responses here. I'm feeling much calmer about the test.

I'm so silly sometimes. I think, symptoms be darned, if I'm not diagnosed I don't have a problem. So, I dread the tests and the questions. Time to pull up my big girl panties and face the tests and deal with any diagnosis they may reveal.

Mar 18, 2016 5:26 PM

I had an at home one night test. I wore a small device that had a small electrode taped to me. The next day I returned it to the sleep clinic, and I got the report and CPAP machine the following week. Now I sleep really well at last.

Hubby had to go to a sleep clinic and spend the night, or at least most of it. After about 4 hours, they had enough data to know he was definitely not doing well. Now to get him a machine and make him wear it!!

Mar 18, 2016 10:13 PM

How do you find the machine? Can you move around in them? Are they noisy?

Mar 19, 2016 1:45 AM

I think they use the pulse oximetry because if it goes below 90, it shows you are not getting adequate air. But that is not a real sleep study. I would guess they call that a pre-test. Because a real sleep study requires wires on the head to measure brain activity. They have to find out whether you have central or obstructive sleep apnea. They take completely different types of machines. The machines for central sleep apnea just came out about ten years ago. I got the very first one by resmed. It changed my life.

But you can get apnea for a few reasons. Obesity, enlarged tonsils, methadone has been thought to bring on central sleep apnea. I read that in a medical journal. I am sure there are other reasons.

Mar 19, 2016 1:55 AM

Soft palate problems can also cause it. The tongue falls back and blocks the airway, there are many causes.
My machine is not big, both parts (air blower and humidifier) are about 6 x 10 x 4. It has a soft case and is easy to travel with. I put distilled water in an empty bottle so I have it for my trip.
You have to wash the hoses, mask, and water reservoir daily, but it's easy and quick. Mine has two filter bits that get replaced on a schedule.
The machine isn't too noisy. I'm a very light sleeper, and it doesn't keep me awake. I do still wake up at certain times in the night, but that is my ptsd. And I've noticed I actually have fewer nightmares with the cpap, since I'm not gasping for air in my sleep. It's definitely been worth it for me.
There are places online that sell them, but you need your doctor to set it up for the right pressure, and follow up is important as your pressures can change

Mar 19, 2016 2:03 AM

If I need to get up in the night, I disconnect the main hose from the face mask and turn the machine off for that time. I can even get my glasses on behind the hose if I need to see what I'm doing. I have found I don't toss and turn as much, so I don't worry about getting tangled. I have it set up so the hose runs above my head, and I rarely need to fiddle with it. There are special cpap pillows for side sleepers, but I just use 2 regular ones and am fine.
I got my machine through the VA, and they provide all the filters and bits possible as well. I'm not sure if my husband's insurance will cover his cost...

Mar 19, 2016 8:33 AM

I had a sleep study ata clinic found out my sleep issue at that time was my husband. Advantage to having it at the clinic.

Mar 19, 2016 6:45 PM

I guess if I need a machine I'll just get used to it. I hope the dogs and hubby can get used to it as well.

Mar 19, 2016 8:49 PM

Dlwc, they will get use to it. They make them pretty quiet. They will get so use to it, that they will get restless when they don't hear it. My wife gets restless when my machine is not running. I always have the fan running and my machine on. Now she has to have both of those noises on to sleep. Lol. Best wishes to you.

Mar 20, 2016 12:40 AM

Thanks, Profiler...that really is good to know. (:

Mar 21, 2016 1:16 PM

The machine is far better than the snoring! XD
Or even that nervewracking silence that lasts and lasts... followed by desperate gasping. Bleagh.

Mar 22, 2016 8:19 AM

Just had mine done last night, but was in and out of sleep all night long. So back to bed now.

Jan 09, 2017 7:19 PM

I had a sleep study done on me and they couldn't diagnose me because I didn't sleep.I had nasal reconstructive surgery done to stop my snoring but it didn't help.I still snore.My husband can't sleep because of me.I guess I need another sleep study done on me to see why I snore.

Jan 09, 2017 11:05 PM

I had a sleep study before and they allowed my husband to sleep in the bed with me. They wanted me to get sleep the best I could away from home.

Jan 10, 2017 4:55 AM

I've had a sleep study at home and at center. They want to see when you stop breathing for sleep apnea. Then you might get a CPAP machine to use when sleeping.

Jan 13, 2017 4:10 PM

Profiler.. where the hell have you been my friend?? You've been away just way too long. Feel free to pm me if you want to. Thinking of you. Glad to see you here!! {{Hugs}}🤗💕

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