Results of sleep study? I don't sleep much!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Today the sleep center called to give me results of the sleep study from a few weeks ago. So. Now I have to have a second sleep study (scheduled for March 7)....

Though the sleep study results do indicate that I have 'some very mild sleep apnea', that didn't account for the average of 20.6 "arousals" per hour (30x/hour during REM according to the readings.) Hmm.. If this had been a sex study, that would have been wild, but 'arousal' in this case apparently is like semi-awakening when not fully awakened.

The technician at the sleep center read the report to me; the doc concluded that the constant awakenings are pain-related, not apnea issues. Duh. Um, I've known this since first diagnosed with sleep disorder due to pain in 1994, so this was no news to ME.

But a 'slight' apnea is there mainly because I have a very small throat. If they find that using a mask helps me sleep, they think I may break this cycle of tiredness, weight-retention-pain. Worth a shot? Ok, I have no problem with dying in my sleep from sleep apnea (let's face it, it would end the pain, right?), but if sleep can help with the pain, I'm for trying.

Not sure what this study proved except to finally have documentation of what I've told people all along: I do not sleep well. Not big news to me. For 20 years and 2 months I've not slept well...since the day of the accident that started this. Until I can get more sleep, weight loss and reduction of pain are unlikely. I truly miss having quality of life in my life... so... Here's hoping. Though I expect nothing. Face it, I'm used to this so change would be nice, but I won't count on it!

I don't get enough. Do you?
Some articles on the importance of sleep:

"Sleeping Better for a Healthier Heart - A Good Night's Rest Can Boost Heart Health"
.... By Jennipher Walters, SparkPeople Contributor

"Insomnia Can Hinder Your Weight Loss - Sleepless Nights Stop Progress"
.... By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer

Of course, what bugs me is that my current doctors had to have all this testing done to prove what I've told them for years, what doctors at the physical rehab hospital had already diagnosed: I have a pain-caused sleep disorder. How long will it take for them to realize what I was told years ago: that if I were to continue sleeping instead of waking up and changing position, my pain would be worse when I'm awake!

If I could get enough sleep, my metabolism would improve, I might actually lose weight, and my heart and anti-cancer would be healthier, too. So while I think sleep studies are silly for MY needs, I'll see where this can go.
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    Boy can I relate!!!! I live with back pain and I have sleep apnea. I have been using my sleep machine faithfully for 5 years and I still do not sleep well. I wake up 12-20 times per night and never get into deep sleep - ever. I never sleep more than about 30 minutes straight. I get around 4 hours of sleep even though I am in bed for 9+ hours. Result - I cannot lose weight. No matter what I do, and I tend to gain weight.
    If you get any answers, please let me know, I'd be very interested.
    1893 days ago
    i'm so sorry. I hope now they can help you to get sleep. And people don't listen ever. What else is new.
    1895 days ago
    wow, so sorry to hear this. yep, sleep is so important. I am made fun of as I have a routine that really works for me. I have a Kindle and go to bed around 8:30 and read for a couple of hours and that clears my mind of other "stuff" and makes me sleepy. My DH doesn't like my routine but I don't care. I also sleep in my own bedroom as he snores and I don't care for me it's better to get a good night's sleep.
    I hope you can find some solution.
    Peace be with you!
    1897 days ago
    Sam, I so feel for you. I think we have talked about this before but sleep is KEY to our wellness so while these tests will only confirm what you already know, it may inform your docs in how better to help you. It does become annoying when we clearly share our expertise and no one listens! I hope the next test provides all the answers for you.
    Hang in there!
    1898 days ago
    I was lucky that Medicare covered these sleep tests
    I had (3). It was because I was snoring, but that was
    because I had congestion and a cold that went forever.
    I was told to get a mask, but I can't afford the $2,300.
    Just losing the five kg since I had the sleep apnea tests
    has seen my snoring stop, so I make sure I get 8 hours sleep.

    Sam, I feel for you as your 'arousals' are pain related and
    I'm not sure how the pain will go away when you are asleep.
    It must be very hard for you to do normal things and I really
    admire your courage. My wish for you is to be able to sleep.
    Thinking of you. emoticon
    1898 days ago
    Do you know how much those sleep studies cost?
    My doc wanted me to have one -
    based on my report of my bad sleep-
    which I already knew-
    from my fitbit.
    My crappy health insurance doesn't cover it (well, it would be under my deducible) so I said no, thank you.
    I know my inability to lose wt is because I don't sleep well.
    There is no other possible reason.
    I compensate by being in bed for 10 or more hours so I can get 7-8 hours sleep (but with 20-25 arousals).
    Oh- and I already do all of that 'good sleep hygiene' stuff!
    1898 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/8/2013 8:18:13 PM
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