(Closed) Sleep Disorders?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

ive been tested for sleep deprivation and have had ‘light testings’ means my body isnt getting enough light and so therefore I had to sit in front of a lamp for an half hour in the morning and at night for my body to realise that its time to shut down or whenever I couldnt sleep. It worked.. Havent had a problem since that was 3 years ago.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

i had a sleep study done. i used to sleep eat. it was some sort of weird thing where i’d wake up, eat stuff, and not remember what it was. But it was always real food, not cigarettes. They determined it was likely anxiety related though as my brain showed no actual disfunction. I can’t remember what they called it. Paranormal arousal or something weird.

The sleep study’s kinda weird–i had mine done at Washington University’s sleep study center at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. If that’s where yours is, it’s a nice place =]. The gel in your hair that sticks the electrodes down is nasty. You’ll need like, acetone to help dissolve it off. It’s sick. But it’s like a mini hotel room. With people watching

The worst part was they put this oxygen sensor in your nose. One for each nostril and in the middle of the night it had slipped away from my nose (it feels WEIRD up your nose, mkay?) and I woke up with the sleep study attendant (a big football player type DUDE) standing over the bed putting his hands up my nose, haha.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

They’ve seen everything, I swear.

I hope you have an episode while you’re there, though. They warned me that sometimes you need to spend a LOT of time at the clnic in order for them to “catch” you having an episode =(. Not always feasible, I know. Especially if it’s something you only do in your own home (like me, I only sleep eat in my own home. I’ve never done that elsewhere)

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Well, they aren’t really the Crowne Plaza rooms, haha. The Sleep Clinic has its own ward. But WashU is known for its really great sleep center so you may end up there anyways =].

If anything, they may put you on something at night and see if it helps. They put me on some kind of anti-psychotic medicine (i hate saying that! lol) to stop the whole “wake up an nom stuff while sleeping” problem.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I got some serious cavities in between my teeth (really bad ones from food festering in between them all night long)and I would wake up with the worst funky breath ever. I’d find crumbs in my bed, open jars of stuff in the kitchen, and i’d fall asleep with like, a bag of doritos half-eaten. I woke up once with my cats licking stuff off my face. Ew.

Sometimes I knew I’d done it because it was like a dream–i DREAMT i went to the kitchen. Like i knew i did it but coudln’t stop myself. Like intense drunk eating or something. But in the AM i would be like “whoa….”. And i’d feel bloated and nasty in general. Once i ate a HUGE bag of trail mix (probably like 3000 calories) and let’s just say that that amount of nuts and dried fruit doesn’t really digest nicely and I was miserable for DAYS while my body broke down such insane amounts of protein.

It wasn’t fun. I’ve only done it…once or twice since Darling Husband got home in November. Both times it was a TB of peanut butter (i remember having a scoop) b/c i actually woke up HUNGRY at 2 or 3am. I don’t eat much in the evenings cuz i work out and I go through cycles of very light sleep.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ooh, is it sleep paralysis? When you see the people, can you not move? I had that happen to me once and it was super weird. I think for some people, it happens repeatedly. 

I haven’t done a sleep study because of my work and class schedule, but I’ve been tempted to. University Chicago pays for them all the time and I see ads on the train or Craigslist for getting paid for them. I think studies are so interesting, it’d be fun to do, but I tend to get stressed when I’m away from my kitties/my FI/home. 

Let us know how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Lindsay: Fiance has done a sleep study!  He has a weird kind of adult version of night terrors.  He talks, moves, acts things out in the middle of the night and doesn’t remember in the AM.  He gets confused, sees things that aren’t there, etc.  They just put him on a anti-anxiety med that he takes before bed!

You’ll be fine.  He said the hardest part was falling asleep with all the cords and wires hooked up to him ;o)

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow sounds interesting!  I have had a horrible time trying to get some sleep this past week for no good reason.  Next time I will try sitting by a light for a while then see if I can sleep.  Thanks for sharing that!

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve gone to sleep specialists before too. I went to the center at St. Luke’s Hospital in STL. I have really severe insomnia (think days without sleeping) and I have a lot of trouble staying asleep, some nights I wake up every 1/2 hour to an hour. I never did the sleep study, though.

They told me that it was a combination of genetics(my mother has problems too), my depression issues and over-stimulation. I got put on a really strict schedule where I had to wake up and got to sleep at the same time every day, I couldn’t have any caffiene after 6pm, I had to turn off at the TV and computer at least an hour before I went to sleep because the light over-stimulates your eyes and brain. Plus, they taught me a bunch of deep breathing and mental exercises to help me calm my brain down.

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