I am always tired. I go to bed at 10 PM, sleep for 8-9 hours, and wake up feeling tired. I yawn all day. On weekends, I take naps. And I constantly feel like I am dragging my feet.
So...over the summer, I decided to visit the sleep doctor. (Yes - there really is such a thing as a sleep doctor!) First he ran some blood work. It all came back normal. Then I changed my diet. And things seemed to get slightly better. But, yet - I was still feeling tired.
I went back and forth with the doctor and he kept encouraging me to do the study. I kept putting it off. The thought of going to sleep somewhere in a strange bed, hooked up to wires, while I was being recorded and observed - was just plain weird.
But, then as the weeks passed by, I decided that I needed to do it. I mean - I might as well find out why I am so tired. So I should just suck it up.
So I bit the bullet and scheduled the sleep study.
On the night of my study, I arrived at the sleep center at 8:30 PM. They showed me to the room right away. The room itself was nice. It had a double bed, a recliner, a dresser, 2 nightstands, and some lamps. It also had a fan, and a sleep machine. The technician came in and started to hook me up. It took quite a while. There were wires on my legs, on my stomach, on my neck, face and head. When she was done with me, I looked something like this:
|This is the box that the wires were plugged into.|
|The cameras that were in the room. Creepy!!!|
After the technician left the room, I read for a bit until I started to get sleepy. By some small miracle - I actually fell asleep around 10:45. I think I woke up around 2 to use the restroom. The problem was that in order to get out of bed, I had to buzz the technician and she had to unplug me. So I hemmed and hawed in my head about if I really needed to use the bathroom. In the end, I did. So she had to come unplug me and I had to waddle off to the bathroom with all those wires on me. As I walked down the hallway, I prayed I wouldn't see anyone else. (That night there were 6 other patients in the sleep center.)
I find out the results in October. The technician didn't give me much feedback. But she did tell me that the first half of the night, my legs were moving non-stop. What?
Well, if that is the case - no wonder I am always tired.
I am glad that the study is over. I have to admit that if I had know that the sleep study involved all of those wires - I might have wimped out. It's probably best that I didn't know ahead of time.
The irony of the whole sleepy study was that I don't think I have ever slept so well as I did the night after the sleep study. Something as simple as sleeping in my own bed and being wire-free really does wonders.