A night at the sleep lab... I spent last night at the sleep lab, inside the main hospital in Logan. I didn't get a whole lot of sleep there, though.
I arrived at 8 pm dressed in my pajamas, as the instructions asked. I had to buy a pair of pajamas for this purpose – I can't remember ever sleeping in pajamas before, so even just wearing them was strange. Walking through the hospital parking lot in pajamas and slippers was also kind of weird. I got lots of smiles on the way in; one couple asked me if I had just escaped from somewhere :)
For the first part of the night, until 1 am, Sage collected data on my sleep. I was able to go to sleep fairly quickly, and slept well until she had all the data she needed and woke me up for the second part.
CPAP machine to me, and experimenting with different pressures to find the setting that would work best for me. This is a special CPAP with the ability to have its pressure set remotely by Sage. For this to work, I had to be asleep – and with this machine strapped to my face, making noises and shoving air into me, that wasn't happening. I wasn't able to sleep more than 5 minutes for the rest of the night. Sage was able to collect a small amount of data, but she's pretty sure she did not get enough for the doctor to set a pressure. That means ... I'm almost certainly going to be told to go back for another night at the sleep lab. This next visit will be all night with the CPAP machine, most likely on some kind of sleep medication so they can be sure to get their data. Lovely. Can't say I'm looking forward to that!
Also, after the not-so-pleasant experience last night with the CPAP machine I'm wondering whether the cure is worse than the problem. That will be a topic for discussion with my doctor!