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Last night I brought my new, red, carry-on suitcase to the office, since I was going directly to the sleep lab after work. MoBob and I met for dinner, and then I took the Metro to the medical office where I was going to spend the night. Luckily the sleep lab was just a couple of blocks from the Metro station, and I recognized the building from a previous visit to another doctor there. The security guard already had my identifying info on a list, and I saw that there were at least eight people scheduled for the same night.

I checked in, and was shown the shared restroom and my room for the night. The set-up was like a nice, 1970s Howard Johnson hotel, complete with pastel paintings. As per my usual routine, I took a shower and then changed into my jammies. The technician spent about 20 minutes hooking me up - I had electrodes on my calves, my tummy, my chest, my index finger, and, most of all, on my head. I had a plastic apparatus stuck up my nose, to monitor my breathing. There was also a small camera aimed at the bed. The technician assured me that it only showed a vague black and white image. The technician and I chatted while she connected me, and then I got into bed. Overhead there was an intercom, where I could ask for help (especially since I'd have to be deconnected to go to the loo) and the technician can monitor me. Apparently I snore very loudly.

It took me a little while to fall asleep. Obviously I wasn't used to being fairly immobilized and having something in my nose. But I slept fairly solidly, perhaps because I hadn't had a diet Coke all afternoon. This morning I feel tired, but OK. I should have the results next week.
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On January 13th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC), gurdonark commented:
I hope the results help you understand--even if only to understand not to drink diet cokes :).
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On January 13th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I savored the one I had this morning, for sure!
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On January 13th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC), gurdonark replied:
I moved my Diet Coke ratio strongly to the non-caffeinated variety after a matter in which I was a witness, and found myself downing them for the alertness :)
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On January 13th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC), mortuus commented:
That actually sounds very unpleasant. I hope the result provide enlightening results.
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On January 13th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I really wanted to sleep on my stomach but the threads didn't reach that far...it was kind of like sleeping on a plane.
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On January 13th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC), mortuus replied:
Okay, I just re-read my second sentence above. I weep. Please don't think less of me.
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On January 14th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
And you call yourself a writer. :)
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On January 13th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC), curieuse commented:
That sounds so interesting!
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On January 13th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
We'll see what the final diagnosis is!
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On January 13th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC), mysteena commented:
Interesting. I think the thing in my nose would have really hampered my ability to sleep well!
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On January 13th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I'm surprised I didn't pull it out!
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On January 18th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC), themenow replied:
I think you get used to it. I've had tubes up my nose a few times now and it only seems to bother me at first, but then it just doesn't bother me at all.

The things that bothered me were the electrodes on my head. That goo hardens!
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On January 18th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It sure did. It was like shellac, and since I shower at night, I had stiff hair the whole next day.
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On January 14th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC), burgotastic commented:
At least the purpose of the exercise was for you to sleep. When I was in hospital recently, they seemed to take great joy in waiting until I'd finally managed to sleep (with all the tubes and stuff sticking out of me, it also wasn't easy), then they'd wake me up for some 30 second test which I didn't really need to be awake for.
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On January 14th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
If I'd pulled out anything they would've woken me up - I was surprised that didn't happen!
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On January 18th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC), themenow commented:
I've had two sleep tests done. The first one I slept so well and felt amazing the day after. That was done at a hospital in a freezing room with private bath and no decor at all.

The second test was done on the fourth floor of a Hilton. The suites were converted to personal testing rooms. I mean I had a kitchenette, a fab bathroom, a huge bed with tons of pillows and all the luxuries. But I slept horribly. LOL So much for having luxury items!
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On January 18th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Wow. I would've assumed the reverse as well!
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