Hello, just reading up on all this stuff and wanted to write my own "blog" of sorts. I have been suffering from EDS for a few years now. I have always been a long sleeper, at least 12+ hours a night as a teen, now I am 28 and going for a sleep study on Thursday. I have been to the MD every year for the past 4-5 saying that I am so tired all of the time. They check a thyroid level and when it comes back fine i am sent home saying "You have 3 kids and work full time, you have alot on your plate." This year I changed doctors, again...and after my hubby begging I went in to complain of the tiredness, was stuck for several lab tests, and besides my iron level being slightly low, they were norm again. So she had me seen by a sleep specialist. Thanks goodness, until recently I just thought that everything I was experiencing was normal, and that all mothers, workers, whatever just felt like this all of the time.
I havent knodded off at the wheel since I was in college a few yrs ago, and doing shift work. I just thought that was norm, since I was tired. It has just gotten so much more burdensome as the years go by. It just cant be the kids and job. I am a nurse, but have an office job, and the kids yes are young, but I just refuse to believe that it is something I cant change that is making me feel this way. Does every parent, worker feel like this?
I am so worried about the sleep study, i do the overnight one then the MSLT. what if i cant nap each time, what if...what if...what if...then I will just be told again it is my lifestyle, even though I sleep at least 9-10 hours on the weeknights and up to 12 on weekends.
Thanks for listening to me blather. Just want to feel like it is not all in my head, and that if I could do something about the way I feel, I would. Now I need help to feel normal, alert, like i can remember anything.
Newby, but not new to sleeping...
2 replies to this topic
Posted 12 January 2008 - 02:31 PM
Good Luck on your sleep study . My husband just had his sleep study done two weeks ago. Much like you he was worried he would not be able to fall asleep at night or during the next day naps. He actually had a hard time staying awake while they were putting all the wires on him and getting his room ready, And nap time it was no different. They even let him leave before the end of the second day. The nurse said they got every thing they needed and didn't need to keep him for the last nap. My best advice to you, which is what I told my husband, is to not worry yourself about it.
Posted 12 January 2008 - 07:39 PM
Thank you so much for the reply. It is so very hard not to worry tho. I just keep thinking that i will mess it up and stay awake for the naps, and then they will too think I am crazy... When does your hubby get to see the doctor for his results? the sleep MD has his own lab in the facility there, the rooms are like a hotel room, so maybe that will be okay, I pictured something like a hospital room, yuck. Not even my patients get any sleep there. Thanks again for the encouragement. I wish you and hubby good luck, and say thanks for the supportiveness you are showing. My hubby is so supportive also. We just want to get this figured out so I can stop sleeping our lives away. Talk to you later.