Chronic Monday: Sleep Study Last Night
I got the idea to take pics of my sleep study from this pictorial description of a study at Stanford U. Sleep Disorders Clinic, on the talkaboutsleep.com website. Here is the link where they describe what all goes into a sleep study: View A Sleep Study. Please refer there for more nitty gritty details.
So, here's my View of a Sleep Study, taken at the Tift Regional Medical Center Sleep Center in Tifton, GA.
This is the main desk where I guess they watch all the feedback from the gizmos they had me hooked up to.
The bathroom was small but nice. It seemed to be for my own private use. I never saw any trace of anyone else being in there; matter of fact I never once saw either of the other two patients who were also having studies done last night.
Mom by the nice TV. I watched Part I of Tin Man, the new Wizard of Oz movie on the SciFi channel. They even let me watch when I got in bed. LVN Dennis put the TV on a timer; I was asleep before the TV shut off.
I've read a lot about controversy over whether sleep clinics will allow a person to take their sleep meds the night of the study. Well, this one does. LVN Dennis explained it to me but I'm sure I can't do his explanation justice. Something like if you have a problem you're going to have it even though you take your meds, whether you know it or not. But if you don't sleep for a good 6 to 8 hours so they can do a good observation, they won't even be able to see the problem because - YOU DIDN'T SLEEP! I was actually quite worried about this on the day of the test. Actually, I was a basket case. Mom drove me to the test so I could take half of an anti-anxiety pill that afternoon, and I took maximum meds that night.
My room had a palm tree decor throughout. Very nice.
The clock on the wall that doesn't work (LVN Dennis assured me that yes, that is significant) and the camera. They filmed me sleeping all night.
Me in the palm tree upholstered chair.
All the wires and stuff after LVN Dennis took them off of me in the morning.
A close up of the control box that the wires all plugged into.
LVN Dennis took my picture while I was all hooked up. This is not me. This girl from the Talk About Sleep page is quite cute. I was not. This is just to show you what you might look like.
The building as I left about 6 a.m. LVN Dennis woke me up at 5:30. He let me sleep an extra half hour because I was "sleeping good."
I hope to get the results of the study next week.
12/27/12 Update: Sleep Study results