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Help Concerning Abnormal Sleep Test Readings

Postby zenschizo » Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:19 pm

Hello, My question - in reference to the machine(s) used to monitor an individual's sleep in a hospital setting - is this: Is it possible for the machine to register someone as being asleep when, in fact, they are very much awake? The motivation for my wanting - or, rather needing - to know this information can be understood by reading the following description of my experience of just such an event occurring: I have had problems with sleep for most of my life and, as a result, was hooked up to a machine to monitor my sleep while in a hospital several years ago. After laying in bed, waiting to fall asleep for around an hour or so, the study was interrupted by someone accidentally entering the room, directly after which I was informed that I had been awakened by the intrusion. I, however, contested this notion, because I had been awake the entire time - entirely aware of every little noise in and outside of the room; I had simply been in the same meditative-like state that I always put myself into when attempting to sleep. I have a lifetime of experience with being in this state, which I can stay in for hours without ever actually falling asleep at any time. While in this state, I am always completely aware of my surroundings, and I always appear to be asleep - to the degree that everyone who witnesses me in this state claims that I am mistaken about being asleep - as they are invariably "positive" that I had been asleep. The test-giver told me that there was no possible way the machine would read as if I was asleep if I had not been, and, upon giving a detailed and accurate account to them of all of the little noises that had occurred while I was registered as being asleep (i.e., I knew exactly how many pages she had flipped in her book, how many times she had coughed, and the entire content of each of the individual conversations that were going on down the hall from my room's closed door between nurses and patients - verbatim), she became quite frustrated with me, quickly escalating to a level of anger that included her acting rather childish, accusing me of lying, stopping the test entirely, and, much to my chagrin, completely refusing to finish the test. I had been admitted to the hospital due to symptoms that were related to sleep deprivation, so it was – at the very least - disheartening, when I was told that I should simply take extra sleep medication, as I was already prescribed a rather excessive nightly dose of two high-powered medications that target sleep disorders. I was given a prescription in accordance with the recommended increase in dosages and discharged without myself or my doctors having come any closer to finding an appropriate treatment for the my perpetual sleeplessness, or any indication as to what the underlying problem causing the disorder might have been.
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Re: Help Concerning Abnormal Sleep Test Readings

Postby Kdoc » Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:01 pm

That is unfortunate. Was it a polysomnogram? Polysomnograms are the ones where they glue electrodes to your scalp and monitor your brain waves. If it was that, you could have been in a meditative state, which may look to an untrained or poorly trained person, like you were sleeping. A sleep specialist would be able to know the difference though. The person administering the test usually is not a sleep specialist though. They are usually a technician with a bachelor's degree. She probably got offended and became unprofessional.

When i did a polysomnogram, the sleep specialist showed me the different stages of sleep i was in throughout the night and was able to point out disruptions in my sleep. They made medication decisions based on this information.
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Re: Help Concerning Abnormal Sleep Test Readings

Postby sleepybeanie13 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:43 pm

I have read about this happening sometimes, where your brain waves are reading as if you are asleep but you feel like you're awake. This happened to me last month in the MSLT. My last nap started at 2 pm, which was the beginning of a pyrotechnic show downtown, and I remember hearing it and hoping that it wasn't going to completely throw off my nap tests, and being a little anxious about the distant explosions keeping me awake.

Then when my results came back, it said my sleep latency for that nap had been 0 minutes :shock:

So I'll bet that your meditative trying-to-sleep state was sending out brain waves that read as being asleep, just like my I'm-so-sleepy-all-the-time-even-when-there-are-literal-explosions-outside state.
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Re: Help Concerning Abnormal Sleep Test Readings

Postby Dnester » Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:29 am

Well what did the doctor say. Technicians arent supposed to tell you results. They dont know how to read them. Its possible you could have been in stage 1 sleep only. You need deep sleep. I would call the doctor.
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