Doctor Becomes the Patient: Sleep Study (Is It Sleep Apnea?)

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

I am having a sleep study done tonight. I will tell you how in went from a patient perspective.

I have been having feeling sleepy in the daytime after a good night of snoozing, and my wife says I snore very loudly (probably exaggerating). The test will look for signs of sleep apnea.

A lab employee called today to ask if I had any questions. She says I should be there by 7:30 PM to do the paperwork and get hooked up to all of the wires. I should eat dinner beforehand, bring bed-clothes and be in bed around 10:00 or 11:00. Apparently they will kick me out around 6:30 AM.

I asked if people have trouble fallling asleep with all of the wires and she said I could take a sleeping pill, such as Ambien, if I wish.

Will follow up tomorrow.

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