I need some Information on having a Sleep Study done.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by noenergy, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. noenergy

    noenergy New Member

    Hi everyone,

    I am to have a sleep study done on March 10th. I have been trying to research this, but haven't found the information I am looking for.

    Anyone out there that has had this test done, could you please tell me what to expect from the moment I check into the hospital. What if I can't sleep? What if it is one of my good nights?

    Thanks for any info any of you can share.

    Jane
  2. Crispangel66

    Crispangel66 New Member

    Is the study for sleep apnea?

    If so it isn't too bad if you can sleep, if you can't I know someone whose doctor ordered a sleeping pill for her.

    So if you usually have trouble sleeping you may want to talk to the doctor who ordered the test and see if he will order something for you if you can't sleep.

    My son and husband have both been through one of those, well my son has had about 3 sleep studies to get his machine set at the right number.

    Good luck and don't worry everything will be okay, Pamela
  3. noenergy

    noenergy New Member

    Hi Crispangel66,

    Thanks so much for your reply. Yes, the test is for sleep apnea. I have absolutely no energy during the day, so the only way my doctor will give me anything to help with this is to do the required tests.

    My problem is I don't really snore, but it's more like a grunt. I sleep for maybe a hour and half and then wake up. This goes on all night long, then when I do wake up I feel totally exhausted.

    I also have a terrible problem with my body jerking. It's not just my legs, as they describe restless leg syndrome to be, but also my arms and other parts of my body. This usually occurs as I am trying to go to sleep.

    Anyway...I do appreciate your reply.
    Hope you have a great day,
    Jane
  4. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    When I had mine done, I was able to take my meds before bed. I had straps across my chest and electrodes on my head all attached to wires to allow them to monitor me overnight. None of this is painful but it takes a little getting used to. The place was comfortable and there was a TV to watch before I went to sleep. I actually didn't sleep much in the end but it was enough for them to get what they needed.

    Don't worry about it too much. They will find what they need to help you.

    Kathy.
  5. GwenGlo

    GwenGlo New Member

    sleep studies done in the past several years.

    The one thing that helps is to wear pajamas.

    It takes a while for them to attach all the wires and the cement used to attach them to your head can be a bit 'hairy' to wash out when you get home afterwards.

    What really helped me to get to sleep was ear plugs. That way you don't hear every little noise.

    They can tell whether or not you are sleeping and may offer you a pill if they see you aren't sleeping.

    They will explain everything as they are doing it.

    Wishing you a good experience.

    Gwen
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  6. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    I have had this study done two different times. It's not an unpleasant experience. You will be in a room that looks more like a hotel room than a hospital room. Take a book or magazine to read as you'll probably have a bit of down time before they come in to "tuck you in". You'll probably have a TV, but you will not be allowed to keep it on once the lights are out.

    When they put the wires on your head they use some thick goop. The next day you will need to wash your hair like three times to get it all out.

    They will watch you on a camera and have the monitors that show what's going on with your breathing, etc.

    Sometimes they make you do two different nights because they want to test you without the CPAP machine and with the machine. Sometimes they will let you wear the machine the second half of the night.

    Don't be afraid of the machine. It does blow air into your lungs and takes a bit of getting used to. Be very calm and relaxed about it and you'll find yourself asleep in no time.

    I was told I snore, but don't have sleep apnea.

    You will probably be offered a light snack before bed if you want one. You might want to wear a pajama shirt that unbuttons so you can deal with the wires more easily than trying to slip something over your head. You'll have a call button to push if you need anything. I always have to go to the bathroom at least twice a night even when I'm doing the sleep study. They come in and help you get unhooked so you can go to the bathroom and then hook you back up.

    The next day they will wake you kinda early. One of the places I was at provided Bath and Body Works shampoo, shower gel and lotion. The other one provided shampoo and soap, but not the luxury stuff.

    I think I've pretty well covered it. If you have more questions let me know!

    Linda
  7. noenergy

    noenergy New Member

    I want to Thank everyone for your replies. You have answered many of the questions I wanted to know.

    Hope each of you have a restful and painfree night!

    God Bless you all!

    Jane
  8. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Sleep apnea is only one of many things that can disturb sleep. Many of the people who test for sleep apnea are pulminologists. Neurologist can test for disruptions on your sleep cycle.

    If you find out that you do not have sleep apnea, it would be a good idea to get tested for other sleep problems. You may need to find a different sleep specialist to do that.