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Sleep study
So, last night was my sleep study. It was fairly straight forward and (mostly) painless. The Sleep Disorders Center is in a 'new' building at 85 Prescott Street. I put new in quotes because it is really an old industrial building that is being refurbished. I like that - lots of wooden pillars and heavy wood beams holding things up. It was kind of weird in that the rooms you sleep in are like hotel rooms - room with a bed, and a small closet, with an attached bathroom with a shower. They have TVs, etc - but this is all off the typical 'doctor's office' hallways and such. The building is still being worked on - the hallway outside the center has temporary carpet taped down, and on the way out i peaked into the 2nd floor from the stairwell (center is on the 3rd floor) and it was still in the process of being gutted.

Anyway, it took a while to fall asleep since I had wires glued to my head and all, but I did eventually. And I guess I 'passed' the test, because sometime in the middle of the night the tech came in and said I'd met the criteria for sleep apnea, so they put the CPAP on me for the rest of the night. (For those friends who have CPAPs and know the terminology - I found the nose mask drove me batty because I dislike having my field of vision blocked, so I selected the humorously named 'nose pillows' style.) I slept again and awakened around 9AM - I only know that because I managed to check my Treo for the time. (No clocks in the room.) I thought about calling an end to the test then, but I guess I fell asleep again.

The odd part is that I then proceeded to have a 'starting the day' dream wherein I *did* call an end to the test. A female tech came in and unwired me, we went over the test, and I left.

So around 11AM a tech came in a awakened me, ending the test. Then we went through the unwiring procedure, and I got cleaned up and dressed, then left. What made the dream odder in retrospect is that the tech who set me up last night was male. But the tech who released me this morning was female, just as in the dream. Since I tend to crash late and sleep late, I'd be scheduled for a special late test - most people crash earlier in the night and they're kicked out real early in the morning. So normally one tech monitors you all night. I guess they swapped off around 7AM for me. I slept fairly well once I had the CPAP - though I'm still a little groggy since it was just part of the night. (No idea what time they did that, but I only turned off the TV at midnight, and I remember checking my Treo at ~1AM to check the time, and I was up for a while after that.) My head feels a bit weird, and my lungs feel weird in a "wasn't it harder to exhale a little while ago" way. Like when you pick up a thing of milk expecting weight, only to nearly toss it because it is empty.

It is a little weird knowing you're on camera trying to go to sleep, but the IR spotlight next to the camera is kind of cool. When the lights are out you can see a bit of a red glow from the visible spectrum. I wonder if I can get a copy of that recording...

So, anyway, it looks like I do have Obstructive Sleep Apnea so I'll likely be getting my very own CPAP (or, as z_gryphon likes to call it, 'the magic nose machine') in the near future. I guess that's one step towards cyborgization.

I got home 1PM-ish I guess, maybe a bit before, and I just caught up on email for work and personal. Now I need to shower and get this glue out of my hair, then find food, since I had dinner at 6:30 last night (a couple of McD's cheeseburgers since I was rushing to get to the test on time) and that's the last I ate.

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miashell From: miashell Date: November 29th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Glad they were able to figure something out... *hugs*
hnybny From: hnybny Date: November 29th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm always glad when I actually get answers from a test, good or bad. Hopefully, this will help you sleep more soundly and safely from now on.
slarti From: slarti Date: November 29th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, it's about fucking time. :-)
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: November 30th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Das Nasemaschine Macht Frei.
stophittinyrslf From: stophittinyrslf Date: November 30th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
well! glad to hear you were able to get in for your test.

as for cyborgization... cpap worked out really well for my mom, and she's still about as far from being a cyborg as you can be without being an eggplant. (which is not to say that my mom is an eggplant. she's not.)

you won't really be a cyborg until you start having your joints replaced, like josh's grandma...
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 1st, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Odd that where you did the sleep study there was a TV in the room, cause you're supposed to not watch video a couple of hours before the study/test starts. Then again, I've been wired up twice; once at home & at a Sleep Disorders Center based out of a local hospital. And got pretty much the same outcome you got.

Not too unexpected considering the family snoring trait I inherited. However during the second test, the hospital lost power four hours into the study. Unexpected yes. But I'd've classed it as a failure due to my...lack of being able to sleep properly in unfamiliar environments. For a least a night or two then my unfamiliar ceiling becomes familiar.

Still by the time of the second test I'd all ready been using a CPAP machine for nearly a year. So it was more of a review of machine pressure & hardware requirements.

As for the mask, due to the fact I've a tendency to not breath through my nose, I use the full face style.
Heh, give me the right type of helmet and I could pretend to be a tall Astronaut...or a TIE Fighter pilot.