I had my sleep study last night, what an experience. I went to the center right after showering and shampooing (no lotions or cream rinses, etc.) as directed, squeaky clean. I also took all my regular nighttime medications, Neurontin, Ultracet, and Celexa (lowering dose to wean and was started on Cymbalta in the AM which is being increased as I decrease the Celexa). There was no change in any medication taking of any kind for the sleep study. I had completed paperwork prior to going, and on the paperwork, all my medications were listed. Last night, my husband took me to the Sleep Study Center at a large hospital about 45 minutes from home at about 9:00 PM to check in. After completing paperwork (HIPAA, etc.) and answering some questions, I was taken back to my "bedroom." The bedroom was not bad, very homey, had a double bed, comfortable chair, nightstand, and a TV. It was not all like I expected. I had thought it would be more of a "sterile" type of set up, like in the hospital. After being taken to my room, I put my pajamas on (no nightgowns allowed), and visited with my husband until he left at about 9:45 when the tech came in to take me to the room where all the probes and sensors were placed. My husband was told to come back and pick me up at 6:00 A.M. It took the tech about 45 minutes to 1 hour to prep me and then to put all the leads/wires on. She had to prep the all of the spots where the leads were going to be placed. First, the tech measured my head, heck, and back, and then marked the areas measured and measured more areas and marked those. She then began marking a lot of areas on my head, face, sides of back, and I can't remember where else. The areas marked were then scrubbed with alcohol, then with a solution that smelled like orange but felt like sandpaper (to take off dead skin cells - per tech), then again with alcohol. The leads were placed on all areas marked on the head, face, back and lower legs. The leads went under the pajamas. I was lead back to my bedroom where I was assisted into bed. The tech then put two "cummerbunds" on me, one around my breasts, and one around my waist, again connecting to leads. The technician was very helpful, explaining as she went, and was very open to questions. I was told that I could sleep on my back or sides, but that they wanted me to avoid sleeping on my stomach. By the time she finished hooking me up to all the equipment and then checking the monitors to see if everything worked, I was really tired. Yesterday, I deliberately did not take naps, etc. so that I could sleep. This is very different for me; I sleep all the time if I'm not working. It took me a bit longer to fall asleep than usual, as I wasn't at home with hubby in my own bed. However, I did take my pillow, and that really helped. I believe that I woke up one actual time during the night, and that was when the tech came in (don't know what time) to check the lead on my left calf. Evidently, the monitor showed that my leg moved or something. At 5:45, the tech came back in to wake me up, unhook me from the equipment at the bedside, and take me back to the room where the attached sensors were removed. I was really sleepy and tired, and wished that I could just crawl back into bed. I asked the technician a few questions; however, she was reluctant to interpret anything medical (understandable). One thing that she did tell me was that I did not have apnea or hypopnea enough to warrant a CPAP during the night. I was told the night before that they might need to put one on if there were too many episodes in a certain period of time. To me, that was a good indication. The technician did tell me that I had only one brief episode of REM, and during the REM I did have apnea and hypopnea. She also told me that I did snore, very loudly (guess my husband is right there! LOL). I did sleep enough (6 hours), and the technician told me that I probably wouldn't have to go back for another test. Afterward, she qualified that statement by saying, "every time I tell someone that, they have to come back." Other than what I've written, I have no idea how the study went. I was told that it would take 3 - 4 weeks for the report to get to my doctor. All in all, it wasn't an unpleasant experience, except perhaps for the "sandpapering" of the areas during the prep, and having a little difficulty falling to sleep. The "sandpaper" soap hurt a bit. I was totally exhausted this AM. My hubby was waiting for me and we went to early breakfast, then home and both of us crawled back into bed to make up for the early hours. I slept until noon! Just wanted to let everyone know what went on and how it all went. L, Jeannette PS: Definition of hypopnea: Literally, underbreathing. Breathing that is shallower or slower than normal. Hypopnea is distinct from apnea in which there is no breathing.