Sleep? hmmmm…Sounds familiar…

Sleep? hmmmm…Sounds familiar…

Yes, What a surprise ~ Like all Fibromites I suffer from lack of deep restorative sleep.
According, to studies 80% of people with fibromyalgia suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes momentary stopping in breathing while sleeping. It can affect some people so badly that they actually cause themselves to wake up
My fatigue finally hit a level that I could not deal with it any more.
I went to the doctor – who sent me to a new Rhuem and scheduled me for a Sleep Test.
I fall asleep right away but waking up too early and can not be able to fall back asleep. I was diagnosed with sleep maintenance insomnia.
As if we have not tried everything they suggest sleep routine changes. Limit noise, lights, keep room temperature cool, if you can’t sleep after 20 minutes get up and do something in another room until you feel you can fall asleep.
I did try all of the above – it works as long as I take plenty of sleeping meds both natural and prescription.
Wikipedia explains a sleep study as the following;
“Polysomnography is used to diagnose, or rule out, many types of sleep disorders including narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), REM behavior disorder, parasomnias, and sleep apnea. It is often ordered for patients with complaints of daytime fatigue or sleepiness that may be caused by interrupted sleep. Although it is not directly useful in diagnosing circadian rhythm sleep disorders, it may be used to rule out other sleep disorders. A polysomnogram will typically record a minimum of twelve channels requiring a minimum of 22 wire attachments to the patient. These channels vary in every lab and may be adapted to meet the doctor’s requests. There is a minimum of three channels for the EEG, one or two measure airflow, one or two are for chin muscle tone, one or more for leg movements, two for eye movements (EOG), one or two for heart rate and rhythm, one for oxygen saturation and one each for the belts which measure chest wall movement and upper abdominal wall movement. The movement of the belts is typically measured with piezoelectric sensors or respiratory inductance plethysmography. This movement is equated to effort and produces a low-frequency sinusoidal waveform as the patient inhales and exhales. Because movement is equated to effort, this system of measurement can produce false positives. It is possible, especially during obstructive apneas, for effort to be made without measurable movement.”
Sounds wonderful doesn’t it…
So when I stop typing this I will be eating a dinner (without many liquids), packing pajama’s, toiletries and maybe my pillow then heading to the Hospital. I have to be there before 8:30 (which is my bedtime). They said that they have to have the study started by 11:30.
Okay – once again.. my bedtime is 8:30. Check in; get ready for bed; proceed to be hooked up to all of those wonderful wires, and pop an ambien that has been prescribed for me.
I stopped taking it months ago – stopped working for me.
I hope I will sleep the night away ~ and ~ wait to hear the results.

Sweet Dreams ~ Let’s hope!
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