September 26, 2008

Sleep Test Part Deux

Last night was the second part of the sleep apnea test - spending another sleepless night at the Sleep Center.

After my initial sleep test, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. There are several contributing factors including my weight and a pretty prominent overbite. The overbite means that my lower jaw sits back much farther than it should and therefore causes my soft palette, when it relaxes to block my throat and the result is a rousing snore. And periods of interrupted breathing.

So last night I went back to the sleep center to be hooked up to a CPAP machine, so the proper airflow could be determined to eliminate my sleep apnea and allow me to sleep more soundly and restfully. Yeah, right.

Like the last time, I was hooked up to zillions of electrodes along with a breathing mask. Sexy huh? Then it was time to try to fall asleep which took about an hour. I guess once I fell asleep, I slept pretty well, but unlike the last time when I was awakened by the technician fixing the oxygen cannula, this time I woke up on my own sometime around 2:00 AM. After a quick trip to the bathroom, okay not quick since I had to be unhooked from the machines, I returned to bed where I tossed and turned for almost an hour before calling it quits. It was a little after 3:00 AM. I was home by 3:35.

So, as I write this, it is about 5:30 and I have yet to fall back to sleep. Hopefully, when I am only hooked up to the CPAP machine and not all the electrodes, I will be able to get better rest. Only time will tell!

4 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

I am so feeling your pain. I don't have apnea, but I am awake most nights, well, mornings, from 2 until about 5:30. Then I doze another hour. I hear that CPAP is a miracle, though. Good luck!

TSannie said...

My husband has a CPAP and it has made a WORLD of difference - he sleeps soundly and through the night and doesn't snore at all any more - and I can sleep through the night now that George doesn't snore.
Well, except when I wake myself up with my own snoring (sigh).

Ellen said...

tsannie - my husband is on one too. So we will be a totally nerdy, two CPAP couple - I guess the couple that breathes together stays stays together.

Barb, sfo said...

Wow, so how long do you have to wait until you have a machine?