Monica Whaley

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Sleep Study

Posted on November 15, 2008 at 12:44 PM

I?m not sure if I mentioned before that I went in for a sleep study. I did it because one of the times I was getting blood drawn at my endocrinologist; I read a poster that listed the symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Frequent silences during sleep due to breaks in breathing (apnea)
  • Choking or gasping during sleep to get air into the lungs


  • Loud snoring


  • Sudden awakenings to restart breathing or waking up in a sweat


  • Daytime sleepiness and feeling unrefreshed by a night?s sleep, including falling asleep at inappropriate times


All of which, I have. There are more symptoms, but those are the ones that say, ?Get this checked.? So, I did. Well, I finally sat down with the neurologist yesterday to go over the results. He said that most doctors say that you actually have to stop breathing 50-100/hour to be diagnosed, but he studied the data himself; and while I never totally stopped breathing, there were many times that he could tell that my lungs and diaphragm were fighting each other. He said that he?d call that hypopnea. He also said that my legs and arms twitch sometimes and called some name that I can?t remember (not RLS). He said that during the second study (where I used the CPAP ? a breathing machine that forces the air through), I showed a dramatic improvement in my low level sleep waves, which are the ones that restore your body and mind. Now, we have to convince the insurance company to pay for a machine with his diagnosis. He said he?s willing to fight them, but that I can get the machine fairly inexpensively on eBay if they won?t pay for it. I like the way he thinks! Then he said that I would benefit from their Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program. It?s six sessions where they teach you tools to deal with tons of things, but focusing on your sleep patterns. I start that the first week in December. My trainer?s name is Tim, and he was even there, so I got to meet him. He looked familiar. Hmmm? Anyway, I?ll chronicle how things go once they start.

Categories: physical health

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