Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Some Short Winter's Naps

I just completed my sleep tests (trying to determine if my fatigue is caused by something other than multiple sclerosis mischief). From 8pm Monday to 5pm Tuesday I was at the lovely sleep center with >15 wires and sensors pasted to my head, face, chest, finger and legs (not as bad as it sounds). The bed was very comfortable, but I woke up a number of times because one person in another room was snoring so loudly I could hear it, and another person was hard of hearing and had her TV up too loud. I felt like I was right at home!

Turns out that I do not have sleep apnea, so I went through the multiple sleep latency tests on Tuesday (measuring how easily I fall asleep during the day).

After monitoring my sleep overnight, they woke me up at 6am to tell me I couldn't go home yet because I needed to take naps every two hours. Once I fell back to sleep, they wouldn't let me sleep very long. Because I experienced a REM cycle during my second nap, I had to stay until I finished all five naps or had another REM cycle, whichever came first. Having two REM cycles during the naps indicates a high chance of having narcolepsy, apparently, but I only had one.

This was a lot more tiring than it sounds!

I will get the results when I see the sleep specialist after the holiday. I'm looking forward to a night of uninterupted sleep, assuming that my husband doesn't snore tonight and he keeps the TV down, of course! tee hee!

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  1. Been there, done that...have the little graphs as a token prize! Did you think you might not be able to sleep in a "strange" place? I did...turns out I DON'T sleep much in strange places OR at home apparently. It IS a very interesting study/test, however, and hopefully will give you some positive results toward improving your fatigue level...or at least managing it to some degree.

    Rest up!

    Linda D. in Seattle

  2. I would have to bring my one dog with. I can't fall asleep unless she lays across my legs to keep me warm.LOL Hope the results turn out for you. Merry Christmas

  3. You have a symptom I can only wonder about.

    I went through the 15 wires stuck to my scalp (with what felt like crazy glue!,) but that was for an evoked potential test.

    But I have never experienced fatigue. (Either I'm one of those annoying people with boundless energy, or I've only experienced very mild episodes.)

    If you'd like, I've got a podcast (think of it as an internet radio show, sort of,) and I really like to interview you for my podcast.

    Not everybody can relate to your symptom or they may be in my shoes and could use a warning as well.

    Have a Merry Merry and a Happy Happy.

  4. Hi Charles,
    It's true that not everyone gets fatigue in the MS lottery, but the majority do. I am happy to discuss fatigue with anyone, especially since it is a subject so near and dear to my bed.
    I've been an intermittent visitor to your podcasts and enjoy them. In fact, I have one running right now and love the jazz.
    PS - I'm also a project manager.

  5. hey there...i do hope you get some good sleep soon. i hate it when i have napped...i have gotten my 7-8 hours of sleep at night and i still wake up so tired. it can drive one batty.