I'm newly diagnosed (narcolepsy without cataplexy) and am wondering something. I've had 3 sleep studies and they have all come up with different things regarding my REM sleep. First one I had I was Concerta (ADHD) and prozac and I got one period of REM sleep throughout the entire night. On the day study I fell asleep in about 8 min and 30 min and no REM. The second study I did 3 weeks later and I had been off my concerts and Prozac for almost 3 weeks. 3 bouts of REM sleep at night and a daytime study of 3:30 until I fell asleep for the naps and no REM. 3 months later (and still off Concerta and Prozac) I hit REM 40 min into my night sleep and then had 3-4 REM periods. For the daytime study I had a sleep latency of 2 min and 30 seconds (although I swear it felt like I didn't even fall alseep on 2 of those naps - so crazy) and REM on all naps.
That said, I know prozac can do crazy stuff to REM sleep and that is also why I have not gone back on it. However, does anyone know accurate REM sleep recording actually is? I feel so often (especially during the day) that I am not sleeping because my mind won't turn off and it keeps thinking about all the stuff I have to do. I lay down because my body is super tired but my brain just won't shut off. It is possible for all this activity in my brain to mimic like REM when it's actually not any sleep at all? I've heard your brain during REM sleep acts like it does when you are awake so is it possible that I'm just actually awake and that is what they are seeing?