I made an appointment to see one... what should I expect? Or am I wasting my money? I been dealing with insomnia for years... I tried tons of sleep meds. Nothing works and I am always taking more of my meds then I should. I am now on ambien... I tried Sonota... not sure what else works with me... I also take atavan for anxiety... so I take one or 2 mgs of that along with the ambien at night
I have gone to a sleep center overnight, is that what you're talking about? If so, it is sort of fun. They give you a nice room, you'll have some stuff hooked up to you and then you sleep, or try! Only problem, in my case, they want you out early, and I am so a zombie, but I made it home and back to bed I went. It is a great way for them to see if you have sleep apnea, or other issues going on. Go for it!
I went to a sleep specialist years ago and they discovered I had mild restless leg syndrome, but nothing much else physically that was causing my insomnia. It turned out my insomnia was caused by anxiety, which was only discovered by eliminating the various tests at the sleep center.
I have tried ambien in the past, when my insomnia first started happening. It worked well, but it failed to keep me asleep. Then I was switched to seroquel and had six years of blessed sleep and counter to my anxiety before I started having severe side effects from the drug.
I am now on pristiq for anxiety/depression and oxazepam for insomnia. It's working exceptionally well for me. The oxazepam keeps me asleep and is gentler than any drug I've tried before -- no hangover the next day and my mental faculties are alert and normal. Bear in mind that everyone's body chemistry is different and will react differently to drugs.
But the sleep clinic will at least eliminate any underlying sleep issues -- restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, etc ... once that's eliminated, you can focus on finding medications, if needed, that work for you. I think being able to eliminate those possibilities is worth the money and the visit.
I myself have never had a sleep study for the night. My husband completed one. It was very interesting at the results you receive. He woke up 15 times during the night. He actually stopped breathing and his body would make him wake up coughing. He never realized this is why he was constantly so exhausted the next day. The report said he NEVER even got REM sleep. Or the called it the good deep sleep your body needs. They gave him a CPAP machine, to keep the oxygen level up after the study. It is hard to get used to wearing, but if you stick with it... it is worth the benefits. Shortly following the results of the study, surgery was recommended to'' cure'' the sleep apnea.(I myself do not believe their is such a thing as a cure for this!) I WOULD NOT recommend this procedure(this is only my personal opinion). It gave absolutely no help! And they cut a major artery in the back of his neck during the surgery.
His tonsils were removed(and they were healthy), uvala, and trimmed the fat in the back of his throat. My husband is a big man, but not obese. The Doctor immediately after this wanted him to have a second surgery, which was trimming his tongue. wth? Seriously? My husband refused !! And I can't say I blame him. The recovery from the first surgery was over 3 weeks and difficult. But, to get back to the sleep study... I think it is worth it. And you get nice bed and comfortable room. I recommend it is worth trying. You will at least get some answers to why you cannot sleep. And the staff usually make every effort to make you feel comfortable and your privacy a must .I hope this helped. Good luck!
I went to a sleep specialist after dozing on the phone at work and sitting at a red light while driving. I got hooked up with wires and got into a nice comfy bed with fluffy pillows and a thick comforter to sleep. The tech woke me up after just an hour. I had stopped breathing 104 times in one hour! She then put a mask on me and hooked me up to a cpap machine. During the course of the night, she woke me several times to change the mask. We finally found one that worked and she set me up to get my own equipment. I intended to take a short nap the first day I had it and slept for the whole afternoon.
It was worth every penny I spent! Go ahead and do it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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