The Sleep Study Experience, Part One

By James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

I am back from my overnight sleep study and it was pretty easy.

I arrived at 7:30PM and the nurse put me in the sleep room. It looked a lot like a nice motel room. It was large with a comfortable king-size bed, table and chairs, large leather chair, television with cable and a large bathroom with a shower, sink and toiletries. There was also an adjustable climate control and a closet.

I had to fill out a little paperwork and get my sleep clothes on, then the nurse came in to hook me up. This took about 30 minutes. I watched a video on sleep apnea while she was doing this. She scrubbed some spots to get off the body oil so the tape would stick. She taped a few wires to my scalp and forehead (to measure brain waves), to my jaw areas (to measure teeth grinding and gerd), to my temple areas (to measure eye activity) and to my upper chest (to measure heart activity). Then she put a strap around my upper chest and one around my abdomen (to measure breathing effort). These wires (20 of them) were then hooked to an portable apparatus about the size of an iPod. Next I was told to watch tv or read until I was ready for bed.

I called her to my room around 10:00 to tell her I was ready for bed. She hooked up the “iPod” to another machine. She also taped a leather strap to my index fingertip, and taped some nasal biprongs to go inside my nose. She said that this looked liked an oxygen hookup, but was really to monitor my breathing. I was told to call her if I needed to get up to go to the bathroom. The whole room was wired for sound and there was a small infrared camera on the wall to moniter me during the sleep. She turned out the light and left.\

(to be continued)

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2 Responses to “The Sleep Study Experience, Part One”

  1. Judy Rodman Says:

    Oh my gosh, how could a person sleep like that? And did anything they did help with your snoring? (I could use some anti-snore tips that work!) My husband said I snored so loud the other night, the dog left the bedroom :<

  2. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H Says:

    The cpap machine is supposed to stop the snoring. I will let you know.
    I had no trouble going to sleep with the aid of the sleeping pill. If you toss
    and turn a lot, you might get tangled in the wires.

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