Sleep Study Results
Posted 26 January 2007 - 05:53 AM
Posted 26 January 2007 - 06:51 AM
Oh I can relate to this all to well!!! I have not had a sleep study, but I rarely get good restorative sleep at night. And, like you my best sleeping time, is the early morning, mostly between 5-8 for me. I have a friend who just doesn't get it, like the person you were talking about - she says "You just lay there??" "What do you do?" I try to tell her, I just try to get comfortable, flip flop a lot, get up take more pain meds, sometimes take a sleeping pill, sometimes, I want to put a pillow over my husbands face for snoring. But I'm TOO TIRED TO GET UP AND DO ANYTHING!! I'M EXHUASTED. She doesn't understand. I have to admit that it's amazing to me as well, when I realize I've laid there for 6 straight hours, the time actually goes by fast.
You asked for ideas, well a pain management consult would be a great idea if the reason you are not sleeping is primarily due to pain. A friend on another board recommended I try an over the counter pain reliever that was an extended release and I have to say that it has helped. If you want the name let me know and I'll send you a PM. Have you tried sleeping on a full length heating pad? That helps me at times, also taking a warm bath before I go to bed, make sure you have no electronic devices on in your room such as TV or Computer, make it as peaceful as you can.
Not sure if anything of this helps. Some of it works for me sometimes and at other times it does nothing.... it's the most frustrating thing I think I've ever had to deal with.
Posted 26 January 2007 - 11:22 AM
Ann, I don't think the neurologist was really listening to you. Those suggestions are great for the average person, not one with your medical history. I have the same sleep patterns as you and tend to get my best sleep in the morning. Do you absolutely have to get up with your husband or could he feed the dog for you at that time? I feel you've got to get the sleep when you can get it. I know my husband sometimes makes me feel guilty for "sleeping in" while he has to get up but he's had a good nights sleep. I find a combination of things help me sleep from meds, topical rubs and a heating pad combined. Sometimes none of them help tho. I took a hot bath the other night before bed thinking that would help. It didn't. The whole night I felt like I was a tube of toothpaste being squeezed in the middle, about to explode somewhere. Really weird.
I think a pain specialist would be a good idea for you to explore, it can't hurt.
Sweet, I hope you are getting some sleep now hon. I know we've talked about it before and I really do sympathize with you.
Posted 26 January 2007 - 02:47 PM
Posted 26 January 2007 - 08:19 PM
I am one of you! I had a sleep study done as well. I don't have sleep apnea, but it showed lots of hypopneas....and said I have very poor sleep efficiency. Duh! It recommended I see a sleep specialist. Well, that came out at the same time I was diagnosed with the Hashimoto's encephalopathy. I asked the neuro who dxed that if I should see the sleep neuro; he said not necessary. The sleep problems were most likely related to the enceph. But he wouldn't prescribe anything for the sleep problems because of my other meds (I am on 2 anti-seizure meds; the seizures came on due to the encephalopathy as well.) However, he was willing to prescribe Provigil a drug given to narcoleptics to help them stay awake. I said no thanks. I figure if I'm not sleeping at night, I do need to sleep some time to get some kind of restorative sleep--hopefully--at some point in the day. Don't get why he would prescribe that but not a sleep aid.
Pam, I'd be glad if you would email me the OTC pain reliever tht has helped you. I have tried all of the suggestions you guys listed plus I plug in my I-pod that has all my relaxation music on it for all night. And it is amazing how much time can pass....
one other thing for horrific snoring husbands: the tempurpedic pillows designed for neck support. My husband got me one for holiday (I have cervical degenerative disk disease). I was having a tough time getting used to it. I asked him if he wanted to try it (I had read that it helped snoring :-) Honest to goodness, he sounds like a cross between a duck and a foghorn. Anyway, the gift to me has turned out to be a better gift since HE is using it! So, maybe try that for snoring husbands!
xoxo emmie, Sleepless in Chicagoland
Posted 27 January 2007 - 07:58 AM