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Bed Is For Babies!

Uh oh.

Another late night. This is exactly what I need to avoid in winter. I need all the daylight I can get. And if I force myself up too early, I just crash out really badly before the next evening. So I really *do* need to excercise a bit of discipline at the end of the day.

Also, I'm having a sleep study later this week so this would really be a good few days to haul my sorry arse in and out of bed at more normal times if I don't want the study night to be annoyingly wakeful and tedious and maybe even lacking sufficient data.

Yep. I'm sitting here doing exactly what I know is a bad idea and avoiding doing what I know is a good idea.

I hate going to bed.


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May. 24th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
So do I. Do it far too often.

But, hey - the sleep study should be fun!
May. 25th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
Meh. I've done them often enough to be bored by them now - which at least means getting to sleep isn't too hard! The first couple of times it was all too weird.

May. 26th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
That's what I usually hear about sleep studies - all so weird that the person can't sleep, let alone 'in their normal pattern', however abnormal that is.

So being bored of them is kinda a good thing. Hopefully you'll sleep the same as you do at home.
May. 24th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
I do hear ya. The sleep study I did was at a clinic and they were really only set up for 9-5 folk, so the data was less helpful than it might have been.

Winter's a hard time for folks who stay up late (and consequently sleep later).
May. 24th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too. That's why I get maybe five hours a night -- I have to get up at 6:00, but I just *cannot* go the hell to bed at 11:00. 11:00 PM is Perky Hour!
May. 25th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
Absolutely, it's the best part of the day!
May. 25th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
They woke me up at 5:45am when I did my sleep study, which I considered stupidly f*cking early. I think it was because we all needed to clear out by 7am and I was first cab of the rank. If I'd known it was going to be that early I would have tried harder to go to sleep earlier.

I'm still using the bright light box. I'm noticing it being more effective now it has gotten all grey and dim in the mornings. Maybe worth you getting one for winter? I was able to hire one for a couple of weeks to try it out for minimal cost (which they were then happy to deduct from the purchase price).
May. 25th, 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
Wow, they've always let me go longer than that.

I take it the light box is for the DSPS?
May. 25th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
The tech is a grumpy bastard unless you get him talking about his cats. And he smells like cigarettes! I think someone who have to deal with people that intimately shouldn't smell like that. And he woke me up about that early and said I would have to come back another night because I hadn't slept at all. But I had slept for 2hrs. I hate those studies. I need another one I think after I get the light box back under control. I wonder if they would let me do a home one.
May. 25th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
Hee! The tech I had last time was rather sweet. We talked about pho. :-D

But there used to be a woman there I could not stand. The first time I was there (? 2001?) I was telling her about CFS and how I couldn't do much and she asked me if I 'wanted' to get better. She was serious. And just generally abrupt and unpleasant. I haven't seen her for the last few times, really hoping she's properly gone.

I'd love a home-done study. The tech could help him/herself to whatever's in the fridge and watch Rage on the telly!

May. 25th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
I normally go on Friday nights and yeah, the tech was a grumpy bastard mostly.

That's horrible about that woman! :( I saw a sleep psych there and impressed her with her with one of her severest case of DSPS. She was super lovely.

I think the home done ones they set you up in the clinic and you go home with a machine, I don't think it's BYO tech home. That would be so weird.

The actual doctor got annoyed at me for coming off all my meds and sent my GP a letter saying that and then my GP got all frowny with me and I haven't seen either of them since. :/ But I am in remission from the stuff the meds were for apart from the sleep stuff. *sigh*
May. 25th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
I've only done the one study, so perhaps I was just unlucky. It was at Mercy Private and the staff were nice enough, even swapped the bed mattress for the one on the guerney outside which was considerably more comfortable (i.e. didn't feel like a concrete slab). Only annoying thing was I was aware of a lot of noise in the corridor from trolleys going past and staff talking at normal volume. Seriously people, it's a *sleep* lab. STFU!

DSPS was one of the things that came up in the study. Apparently my body clock is somewhere around Perth, just a couple of hours out. My sleep specialist suggested using the box to try and get my wake up time back to 7am. Currently I'm struggling at 8am and failing most mornings.

The other stuff the study revealed was Upper Airway Resistance, some Restless Legs, and being Hypervigilant. I blame the last one on Cymbalta, which has "wakefulness" as a side effect (though I never feel wakeful during the day, just when I want to be asleep).

I think I go back for another study once I've had the sleep splint for a while.
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