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Re: What should I expect at Sleep Clinic?


Posted by Gemmy on November 29, 2000 at 22:27:13:

In Reply to: What should I expect at Sleep Clinic? posted by Addy on November 29, 2000 at 20:30:44:

I liked where I went for my sleep study. The room was more like a motel room than a hospital room, so it felt more "homey". I was there for about an hour or so before getting wired. I had a wire on each leg (calf area), two on my chest for the EKG, one at the throat area, one under my chin, two or three on my chin, one below my left eye (the outside corner, high on my cheek bone), one above my right eye (outer corner), one behind each ear and six on my head! I think that's it. Oh, they put a couple things in your nostrils too. I almost forgot, they put these "breathing bands" around your tummy and chest, and cinch them up fairly snuggly. All the wires hook into a small square box which you can carry with you. When you go to sleep the box is hooked up to something else so the info can be measured. Every place on me where the electrode was placed was first scrubbed with a gel like substance that had some grainy material in it. It kinda hurt. Then the area was rubbed with rubbing alcohol. The electrodes or sensors were then secured with tape. The ones on my head were secured with paste and tape. Thick paste, it was weird. The tech said that sometimes they use some kind of glue. I was able to wear my regular night clothes. I don't know if you will be able to wear your dental guard. After I was all wired, I stayed awake for a couple hours. Going to sleep was not as difficult as I thought it would be. It was definitely weird and uncomfortable being all done up like that, but not so much so that I couldn't sleep. They did what is called a split study. The first stage was the sleep test and then trying me out on the CPAP. The sleep technicin did not wake me up during the night. I slept for about 1 and a half to 2 hours and woke up. At that time the tech came in a put me on the CPAP. In the morning, the doctor talked to me briefly. He told me that I have severe sleep apnea, told me I'd get set up with a CPAP, asked if I had any questions. I had a follow up visit with him three weeks later and got more detailed information on my sleep study results. A lot of people have the sleep study one night and then return for titration (when they try out different pressures of CPAP to find the right one for you). Hope this info is helpful. Good luck and keep us posted :)

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