...is sleep. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. I mean after all, you're there because you have a sleeping disorder, right?
I had a totally incorrect vision in my head of the clinic. It's actually in an apartment building uptown near central park west. The very spacious apartment, on the ground floor, was turned into clinical counseling offices by three clinicians. I think my doc is the husband of one of the clinicians. Anyway, he's the fourth doc in the group that share the rent and space.
The others work during the day, and he does sleep studies at night. Two of the clinician's offices have twin-sized murphy beds in them that are pulled down at night for the studies. Then everything is cleaned up in the morning before the other docs and their patients arrive. It puts us sleep study patients in rush mode in the morning to try to clean gunk out of our hair and get out early.
The verdict of last night's study: seriously disrupted sleep, but not caused by apnea. This will sound funny, but I had hoped the answer was apnea. Not because I want to have apnea, but because I wanted it to be easily diagnosed and treated, so that I could get better.
Instead, I now get to have more tests and be referred to more docs. So, soon it will be off to a neurologist for that EKG at the very least, perhaps an MRI as well. And off to an ENT specialist about my sinuses.
In addition, the current doc is strongly considering another sleep study, this one for narcolepsy. Now he doesn't think I have narcolepsy -- in fact, the only symptom I have is the disrupted sleep -- but he wants to rule that out before sending me to a neurologist. The narcolepsy study includes an overnight study, and a full day following the overnight during which you take 5 separate naps, which are monitored just like the overnight sleep.
What we do know after last night is that when I do sleep, I don't even sleep for a full hour (why I'm awakened is the $64 thousand dollar question). So even three or four sleep periods during a 7 hour night net me a mere 2 or 3 hours of sleep tops.
And, as my doc pointed out, sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture for a reason.
The only good thing that came out of this study is that my lack of ability to sleep is now documented. Well, that...and now we know my sleep deprivation isn't caused by blocked breathing.