So I took my PSG and MSLT at the end of June and finally heard back from the sleep doctor about two weeks ago. He gave me a diagnosis of N.
I asked for a written copy of the report and when I got it I became a bit confused.
My nighttime study showed a normal amount of REM (25%), no breathing problems, no PLMS, etc. It also says I spent a prolonged time in Slow Wave Sleep, which I’m to understand is the opposite of what usually happens with N? In addition it took me an hour to fall asleep.
During my MSLT my average sleep onset with over ten minutes, well within normal range, with the presence of REM in 3 out of 4 naps.
So it seems like I’ve been diagnosed based solely on the REM sleep in my naps.
I guess what I’d like to know, is if anyone else experienced prolonged sleep onset times as well? Can something like that be caused by anxiety or other circumstances? (as I’ve never slept anywhere other than my own bed, the room was ice cold, the air conditioner was rather loud, etc) Should I be questioning this dx or is the presence of REM in my naps enough?
I've never just fallen asleep anywhere. I've always been able to push through the sleepiness until I can get to a bed, which may be hours, despite how impossible it seems at the time (and how little I actually get done in the mean time). From what I can tell this is not the normal N experience?
My knees do get a little weak when I get frustrated, usually to the point I end up leaning on something without realizing it.
My doctor also looked at my weird when he asked if I ever experienced vivid images or sounds that were not there throughout the day and my response was "You mean daydreams?". Apparently daydreams are supposed to be a collection of runaway thoughts....not actual vivid images and sounds when you close you eyes for a few minutes?
I know that I have quite a lot of the symptoms, by my mind keeps sticking on the few inconsistencies (Excess slow wave sleep, prolonged sleep onset times, never actually falling asleep until I allow myself, etc) and it would make this dx a little easier to digest if anyone else had similar experiences?