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I'm sorry I know I've touched on this subject before on this forum, but I just need an opinion if I need a sleep study or not. It would be expensive I think, but I have good insurance so maybe it wouldn't be that bad.

My problems:

I'm tired all day long (except when manic)

I don't sleep through the night

I can't fall asleep without highly sedating AAP's

Sometimes I sleep at least 12-18 hours a day

Sometimes I really don't sleep much at all

But yet, can't all of these be attributed to my mood disorder aspects? I mean looking back at what I just wrote it seems like it is all part of the mood disorder aspects of my disorder. Yet part of me still thinks it could be something else maybe? My pdoc would not work with me on these issues so I need to see a sleep doc if I need to.

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Taking a sleep study I discovered I have complex sleep apena (CSA) which is why I need such a huge dose of sleeping meds to stay asleep. We are working on getting the CSA under control so hopefully

I will not have to take so much sleep medication and get better sleep. According to the sleep study I get very little stage 3 sleep, due to the CSA.

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Thanks for the replies guys! :)

You are right. I guess it couldn't hurt. I should find out about my insurance and then if they give the go ahead I should just get one done for pete's sake. I've been putting it off long enough. I was referred to get one a while ago but ended up in the psych ward and never got it done. ugh

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Talk to your insurance company. If they will cover it, you should absolutely have a sleep study. At the very least, it will give you a better idea of what you're dealing with and whether your sleep issues are due to an underlying sleep disorder or not.

~ May

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Yeah, I had a sleep study, and they diagnosed me with chronic insomnia, which sounds pretty lame, but is considered a sleep disorder. This is silly, but it made me feel better to know, just because I had gotten so many lectures about sleep hygiene, which I have genuinely tried about 6 or 7 times.

But I have had it since I was a little kid, I don't know a lot of 7 year-olds that have trouble sleeping before midnight even when they get up for school every morning.

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But I have had it since I was a little kid, I don't know a lot of 7 year-olds that have trouble sleeping before midnight even when they get up for school every morning.

I did. It continued through my adult life until I started taking Abilify and Lithium, and suddenly I can sleep.

Anyway, OP, yes, do it if your insurance will pay. With insurance, Mr. MJ's sleep study only cost us $20.

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  • 4 months later...

Late to the thread, but I thought I'd add a word about my experience with sleep studies - Starting last fall my energy fell through the floor and I found myself constantly wanting to sleep. My doctors referred me to a sleep clinic, which did a standard sleep study that involved sleeping overnight at the clinic hooked up to their monitoring equipment. Usually, a patient undergoes a single night's study, then a recommendation for treatment is made based on the findings. They actually called me back to have a second night because evidently my results were freakishly weird (the story of my life). The studies showed that I have two or three different kinds of apnea-related problems plus maybe something else, the upshot of which is that out of 8 hours of shuteye - of which 20% is supposed to be REM sleep - I get 0.2%(!) REM sleep. That is, I sleep, but I don't rest.

The first line of defense in apnea-related cases seems to be the CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine, a device that provides enough air pressure to overcome the tissue blockages preventing the patient from breathing and allow sufficient oxygen flow. According to the sleep specialist, some people get immediate relief from this, and some people absolutely swear by them.

Me, not so much.

As in "not at all".

The thing just didn't work for me, even after it was adjusted, and I think in hindsight (I haven't been back to the clinic since I stopped using the machine in February) that the analysis and treatment modality seemed a bit overly targeted toward a specific cause - i.e., sleep disturbance related to breathing irregularity. Although I stressed my mental condition and the medications I was taking in my pre-eveluation, the sleep doctor didn't seem very interested in that aspect of it. So if any of you out there do opt for sleep studies (and I would recommend it - it's always best to know what tune the devil is playing) keep in mind that while the study might turn up a physical causality, that may be working in conjunction with your condition and/or your meds to negatively affect your sleep. You may have to keep emphasizing this to the specialist, whose specialty is not necessarily in psychiatry.

Just thoughts on a day of exhaustion when sleep will not come...

Cerberus

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With insurance, Mr. MJ's sleep study only cost us $20.

$20?!? Uhm my insurance is covering 90% of the costs apparently and I'm still paying $157 for my study... Damn. Lucky you! Did you get just the overnight study? Or did you also do the multiple sleep latency test the next day?

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