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Sleeping on the job

My doctor set me up for a sleep study last night, so sleep was not a natural by-product of the night.

For those playing the home game, a sleep study tries to determine why you don't. Sleep apnea and other problems are discovered; if you do have sleep apnea, and need a CPAP machine to breathe for you, they can find the right pressure to run it on.

The fully-equipped sleep study subject has:

EEG electrodes on scalp, forehead, eyes, ears, back of head, to detect brain wave states and REM sleep;

EMG electrodes on shoulders and legs, to detect Restless Leg Syndrome

A microphone on the base of the throat to detect snoring (they could put it in the parking lot, for me)

Chest and belly bands to monitor breathing;

A blood O2 sensor on the fingertip;

a tip sensor to tell them which side I'm sleeping on;

a mouth-and-nose face mask, hooked up to the CPAP ventilator pushing air into me.

I tried to take some phone pictures of this, they didn't come out well. Think of a Sci-Fi channel movie where a man's mind is transferred into a dancing bear, and I'm the recipient.

The thing is, if you *can* sleep with all this high-tech ironmongery applied to your person, you obviously need more sleep than you're getting.

The poor tech works 9 PM to 6 AM, M-F. She has *no* social life.

Anyway, they took a night's worth of squiggly lines out of my head, so now we see what they make of it. But with it all, I'm taking today as a medical day to catch up on the sleep I didn't get last night.


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Jan. 23rd, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, I've been pretty sleepy lately myself. My head sagged during an assignment today, which is partly why I'm here.
Jan. 24th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
You're good enough company, you don't have to be miserable. Get some sleep! :)
Jan. 23rd, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
oh my, i hope your able to get some rest
Jan. 24th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm OK after a few hours REAL sleep, without looking like a Troma Studios special effect.

'Sleepy John'. Why did I call myself that, My Wife asks. Ha.
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