I was scheduled to arrive at the Nocturna Sleep Center last night at 9 pm, but one of the staff called and asked if I could come at 10:30pm instead. The staff were very professional, informative, kind and friendly. The rooms are small, but stylishly designed like any top rated hotel.
I was given a questionnaire to complete, mainly to see if I had any aches or pains and how I felt generally. I changed into my PJ's and a nice young women came in to attach all the electrodes to me. It took about forty-five minutes. I had straps across my chest, my rib cage and my waist. Leads on my legs, arms, neck and a clip taped around my right pointing finger with a red light, like the tip of ET's finger.
The two worst part were tubing like oxygen, only with sensors on it, which I had to wear up my nose with some piece that hung down toward my mouth (very irritating), and the leads put on my scalp. First, she exfoliated the spots on my scalp before she put the gel on. Kind of scraping my scalp. The gel was thick like toothpaste, followed by the base, the lead, and then wrapped with a cotton ball.
When she finished, I asked her to take a picture of me to share with you all. I looked like Hannibal Lector!
What do YOU think?
This picture was before she put all the leads on my head.
She put that toothpaste gel on my face and then taped the tubing in place. Lovely, huh? Behind my head was a five inch by five inch block where all the ends of the leads were plugged into and it is gathered and secured behind my neck...
And I am suppose to sleep like this???
She told me to buzz her if I needed to go to the bathroom or needed anything. She asked if I needed anything and I asked for a fan, as I usually sleep naked with the windows open and I knew I would be HOT wearing Pj's. They observe me throughout the night via a camera, so I opted to wear the PJ's. The blanket was very light and I prefer some weight on me, so she brought me another blanket.
I popped my cholesterol medication, drank a sip of water, got my ear plugs out so I would not be distracted by the sound of the fan, and tried to make myself "comfortable". Once the tech reached the front desk, she called me on the intercom to have me follow some verbal commands to make sure everything was connected properly.
She had me wiggle my legs, my hands, fingers, open and shut my mouth, move my eyes up and down and side to side, breath in and out only from my nose, then only from my mouth, shut my eyes, open my eyes, and breathe with my belly. After the OK, I put my ear plugs in and told myself as soon as I went to sleep, the sooner I could get all the wires off me and go home!
I normally fall into sleep quickly. It took some twenty or so minutes of self talk to take myself some other place to distract myself from where I was, and finally fall asleep. I woke momentarily when I would turn over or was too uncomfortable in a particular position, but I did sleep...I even had a dream... of being released and going home!
The leads on my head, reminded me of sleeping with bobby pins when I was a little kid. Kind of "pokey" and uncomfortable. At some point in the night, I began to get a headache from the stuffiness of the room and lying on those "porcupine leads".
Thankfully, at 5:20 am, I heard the muffed voice of my tech asking me to wake up. She told me to open my eyes but to stay in bed and not go back to sleep. Surprisingly, I felt wide awake. I was so relieved to get out of there! I became aware of my headache and my right ET finger, which was throbbing with pain...
Turns out the pulse lead on my finger with the red light was taped so tight, I got a blister. Hurt like heck! I told her and she apologised telling me I must have sensitive skin and I am the first blister she has ever seen.
(I am happy to report it has disappeared and no longer hurts....)
As she gently pulled off the tape from my face (OW!!!!!) , disconnecting me and removing the gooey leads from my scalp, she commented on how thick my hair was and I may have to wash it three times to get it all out of my hair.
Actually, it made an excellent root enhancer as my thick hair looked three times as thick as it normally does...some what resembling a Halloween Fright Wig...
I had to fill out another questionnaire and then I was released to go home. I should get the results in a week to ten days. If I have sleep apnea, I have to come in for ANOTHER sleep study...
LETS HOPE I AM JUST A LOUD CHAMPIONSHIP SNORING MASTER....