Can you take sleep meds during sleep study?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by HppeandMe, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. HppeandMe

    HppeandMe New Member

    Hi there-

    I was told that I couldn't take any sleep meds during a sleep study however I don't sleep at all without meds and only sleep very little with even the strongest medicine out there. Dr. Teitelbaum suggests that you do take the sleep medicine but I have been told by the sleep doctor not to but then how can he measure my sleep if I don't sleep??

    Any suggestions?? What did you do if you had a sleep study?
  2. Christinawensell

    Christinawensell New Member

    They will let you take like Ibuprofin or Tylenol the night that you take your test. Mine did anyways.

    The place I went to they told me that I could do everything that I normally do. They wanted me to have it just like home, except of course I was not at home.

    I had my pillows, and my fan, and everything else that I have at home (we'll except my husband- had to put that in)

    You can ask your doctor or just call the sleep study place and just ask them what they do or do not do.


    Hope this helps,

    Christina
  3. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    I was told that I was to take all of my regular medication. When I asked about the meds that I take that help me to sleep, I was told to bring the PM meds and just to let the techs no what I was taking.

    Maybe different studies do it differently, but I've heard others that were told to bring all their meds, and that they were supposed to take all their meds as ordered.

    Like you, I was worried about how they would study me if I couldn't sleep. I also wondered how they would know my problems if I did take meds that helped me to sleep. Oh well! Will just do what I was told to do and quit wondering!

    Warm wishes, Jeannette
  4. MeNow

    MeNow New Member

    I too had one and was told to take all my usual meds as long as the thec. knew.
    Maybe you should call again before going. Different sleep labs do differently. MeNow( was thinking about a better name but this one fits for now)
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  5. Alyndra

    Alyndra New Member

    I would imagine that doing a sleep study to find out what's wrong - would be pointless if someone is taking their 'band aid' medications that chemically induce sleep?

    I don't know... maybe this isn't one of those logical scenerios.

    Just a thought!

    Amanda
  6. malinta

    malinta New Member



    I too had one and was told to take all my usual meds , including my klonopin. If I were you I'd call again before going, just to double check on the do's and don'ts.

    Good luck!

    Mal


  7. jake123

    jake123 New Member

    I took my Ambien and Trazodone and was still crazy and all over the bed.
  8. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    I took my sleep meds before my sleep study. Even so, I got very little sleep and they were able to diagnose my sleep disorder.

    Kathy.
  9. abbylee

    abbylee New Member

    My doctor said that they couldn't do a sleep study if I took sleep meds. I was allowed to take my pain meds, allergy meds, asthma meds, and hormones. No Xanax, though.

    You'll sleep. You'll surprise yourself. I didn't think I would sleep but I did.


    abbylee
  10. jfrustrated

    jfrustrated New Member

    When I went for my sleep study, they told me that I should take all the usual medication that I would take at home - pain killers, sleeping tablets, muscle relaxants etc. They even told me that, if I usually had some alcohol before retiring, that I could take that with me. They did advise me, however, in writing, that if I became drunk and unruly, they would stop the sleep study and requre me to leave: This is not a joke. The best thing I took was my pillow.
  11. MeNow

    MeNow New Member

    I was told after at the specialist visit for the reading of the results, that it was not only to see if a person sleeps.
    The study is to see "how" you sleep, so you need to sleep even if you use yours crutches.
    Sleep study is to analyse the quality and quantity of the sleep. If one has sleep apnea, and the amount of oxygen in the blood, the activity in the brain,how the heart does the blood pressure, the movements of the body, the level of cortisol and sugar in urine, in morning .I slept for short periods, I woke up many times ,I slept about 10 minutes 15 times during the night= 150min = 2hr1/2. Never reach REM and deep sleep and did not have dreams, in fact I did not have dreams in years= light sleep= no restoration or healing of body because lack of grow hormones that comes during the sleep time. I swore that I did not sleep in the morning. He showed me the video, yes I slept and snored (Oh so loudly and choked too) and woke up many times all that thinking I was not sleeping at all .IMHO the sleep study is the best diagnostic tool to confirm fibro.
    Now I have a mouth appliance and in 2 weeks my blood oxygen got back to normal, at my next sleep study if everything is fine I will not need a CPAP,If I can do without that machine I'll be happy. Oh I forgot, I don't have morning headaches anymore, use to have them every days, if I have a migraine it comes during the day. Big change.If you can get a sleep study go for it, it was my best experiences in years of running to one Dr. to an other and having no reasons for all the pains.
    MeNow

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