Thursday, March 25, 2010

How to Fail at Sleeping

Is it actually possible to fail a sleep study? If so, I just did so.


I went in last Wednesday, got hooked up like a cyborg (Leads were attached to my jaw on either side, looking for bruxism, to my legs for Restless Leg Syndrome, under my eyes to check for REM sleep, a thingy up my nose to check for nose breathing and one over my upper lip to see if I am a mouth breather, to my chest for positioning, all over my head to check for alpha waves and all kinds of everything else.) and fell asleep with someone watching over me and occasionally asking me to turn over onto my other side or onto my back. I don't know how often I woke up on my own, but I remember at least 4 incidences.

And yes, it is possible to sleep while wired up like a Christmas tree.

Yet I just received the call telling me my study was "normal". I wake up gasping for breath on occasion, but didn't have an episode of that while I was being observed. Of course. I go to sleep exhausted and wake up exhausted. I nap during the day and wake up still tired. I can fall asleep anywhere, anytime. I'm not a good candidate for road trips.

Logan waking up about 6-8 times last night didn't help, either.

Why can't he eat during dinner time?

It's been suggested that I have PPD, however, I believe I have acute Sleep Deprivation:
a sufficient lack of restorative sleep over a cumulative period so as to cause physical or psychiatric symptoms and affect routine performances of tasks.
-- From WebMD
I may not technically have Sleep Apnea (stop breathing 10x or more per hour while sleeping), but I do sometimes stop breathing. I'm exhausted and get really, really angry really easily.

At first, it was because I was massively pregnant with twins, with an additional 65 lbs on me, and a burning need to pee every 30 minutes to an hour every night. Then it was twins, needing food every 1.5 hours. Then it was random waking from one of those twins. That still hasn't stopped and now my brain wakes up randomly, throughout the night.

Ooh, and Harvard thinks "...a good chunk of our epidemic of obesity is actually an epidemic of sleep deprivation.". Now that's something to think about.

Now what?

Now I try to go to sleep earlier. Try to stuff the difficult twin with more food at dinner time. Try and try and try to sleep and stay asleep.

Somewhere along the way, I'd like to find my brain, my vocabulary, my patience and my sense of humor. They've all gone missing.


Pixi Rae said...

Hey! This is Tessa, by the way. I still read and try to keep up even though I don't think we've hung out more than a handful of times since the twins, however...

first off, if you want to get out sometime and hang with another person, I'm still around.

secondly, with regards to this post - have you been tested for anemia or any of the other many causes for you to feel constantly fatigued? If you want some ideas on that one, let me know - I have dealt with some of them myself. Otherwise, I wish you good sleep and fine napping. ;-)

kristi said...

When I go more than 2 nights without sleep I am a major bitch! I am sorry, hope you can get rest soon.

alessa said...

Hmm, you didn't fail! But try some 5HTP, it helps me sleep better, when I remember to take it, that is...And, nice chatting with you yesterday!

Sara said...

i'm glad you are trying to sort this out. i was recently diagnosed with a heart condition that was causing my heart to stop, then a big slug of adrenline dumping into my system to start the bugger back up again. noticed it most at night, where i would wake up every couple hours sweating and gasping for breath. now i am on medication, and i can't remember when i slept better. ask your PCP for an EKG and to refer a holter monitor for a few days to make sure this is not the case with you. good luck!

screamish said... husband does wake up now and then gasping for breath ( i mean truly truly GASPING, its quite frightening, sometimes I worry he'll have a heart attack). From the research Ive read he probably wouldnt qualify for sleep apnea (the ten times an hour thing) but surely theres something going on?

We've found what works for him is eating less earlier at night and avoiding heavy stuff like pasta, cream, pastry...and drinking less alcohol at night..and losing weight.

this makes us sound terribly fat and alcoholic but we're not really, its just stuff that's worked for him. Stress brings it on too. the night after he heard of his father's death was the worst attack of it I ever saw.

these days Ive noticed less of it but then thats after the twins arrived and we both tend to be zombie like by the time we go to bed at 11pm...

ellen said...

Have you had your thyroid checked?

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