Day 451: Studies in Sleep

So I bring my laptop with me to my sleep study, see, and WordPress is blocked at this hospital. Lori, my sleep study specialist, tells me she is surprised by this, since the blog “Boobs & Loubs” is allowed. I ask, natch, “How do you know that?” And she explains it and it’s entirely innocent, but I can’t tell you the details because I am distracted by all the stuff she’s putting on me.

So why is my writing tone so different in this post? Personally, I’ve been hearing a movie gangster voice, like Jimmy Cagney’s, in my head, since I started writing this.

I think my tone is different tonight for several reasons: (1) It is entirely new and alien for me to be writing a post on my friggin’ phone (have I mentioned that I do NOT like the iPhone keyboard?!!), (2) I don’t know how to access many of my beloved writing options like bullet points and numbered lists right now, (3) isn’t that enough? and (4) oh, yeah, there’s the little matter of my writing this from a hospital room, at 10 PM, the night before a posting.

Actually, this doesn’t look like a hospital room, to me.


Nice, huh?

So what else do I want to tell you, before I put this post and myself to bed?

I wanted to tell you that Lori and I talked non-stop for the 30 minutes she spent attaching all the sleep-monitoring equipment to me.






She told me lots of interesting info, including the fact that she has a guinea pig named Mr. Brown, who is really a female, but whom she and her 6-year-old daughter Allie couldn’t switch to calling something else, after they discovered their mistake.

Before I took the photo of Lori, above, I told her I like to put pictures of kind people in my blog. Lori said, “Oh, I don’t know if I’m really that kind.”

I said, “0h, I think you are.”

The story about the guinea pig clinched it.

I am going to save this post, right now, so I can relax and get ready to be sleep studied by Lori and company. My plan is to get this posted tomorrow morning, around Standard Posting Time. (Added in the morning: The automatic scheduling I tried didn’t work, for some reason. I’ll post this when I get to work.)

We shall see if trying new things go well, here in Sleep Central.

Thanks to Lori, to other people who love what they do, to those who study and are studied (including guinea pigs), and to you — of course! — for reading this, today.

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28 thoughts on “Day 451: Studies in Sleep

  1. (smiling) Love this post! Hope you actually slept and feel energized and ready to take on the day!
    Diana xo

    • I got some sleep, Diana — probably enough to give them some good-enough data. And reading your comment is definitely energizing!

  2. Wow, wood floors, a bed with a headboard, blue walls and real curtains! Are you sure that they didn’t give you an upgrade to that hotel in Panama? 😉

    I’m deeply impressed that you were able to pull off this entire post with a cellphone! You even had capital letters, brackets, hyphens and photos, typing without a real keyboard from a hospital bed. If that’s not a measure of blogging resolve, I don’t know what is.

    Thank you for going to all the trouble, though. I’m relieved to know that you were helped by a nice person (Lori) while you were there, that you weren’t too anxious to listen to a story about Mr. Brown the guinea pig, and, apparently, that you made it to work this morning so that you could post this. I hope that the sleep study gives you information that you’ll find useful. Meanwhile, I’m going to Google Boobs & Loubs to find out what a loub is. I’m guessing it’s something totally medical and sleep-related, right?

    • I have no idea what a Loub is. Did you find out? Based on what I think Lori was telling me I doubt it has anything to do with medical or sleep stuff (although I could be wrong).

      Thank you, several times, for appreciating my efforts. As usual, writing this helped me, a great deal.

  3. You survived! Well done!

  4. Ah! I did a sleep study just a few months ago, in January. If they discover that you have apnea and would benefit from a c-pap machine, have patience when you first get it. That is, if you need one. I was able to try a few different mask styles during the first 30 days I got my machine. Found just the right one on the 3rd try. Also, a few features on my machine have made getting used to it and using it easier. Specifically, when I turn on the machine, I push a button that causes the air pressure to ramp up over time. Also, it has a mode that senses when I wake up during sleep and reduces the air pressure a bit to make it easier for me to fall back to sleep. It took me a few weeks to get comfortable with breathing out against pressure when I first put on my mask. But it’s easier now. Hope your study went well and that they got lots of good data for you.

  5. Nice NICE

  6. It looks as lovely as a hospital room could be, Ann. And I must add that you reacted very calmly when the woman who had spent a half-hour connecting many wires and things to you told you that she was not really kind. I hope all went well!

  7. I was always wondering how it was possible to go to sleep with so many attachments and someone watching you. How many hours of sleep did you actually get? Did they check for how long your dreams lasted? And do you have to go back for more nights like this one?
    Sorry, that’s an awful lot of questions. I hope you don’t mind.

    • Hello Aunty!

      That is the perfect amount of questions and I am delighted you asked.

      I was able to go to sleep, perhaps because I am used to sleeping in the hospital with things attached to me. I understand, though, that lots of other people, without my experience in that area, also manage to fall asleep for enough time to get helpful results.

      I consciously let go of thoughts I had about somebody watching me — I’ve been practicing that lately in general, because I think it’s helpful to let go of self-consciousness.

      I think I got about 5 hours of sleep, which is not that much worse than what I usually get, at home.

      I believe that they do check for how long one’s dreams last, but I will find out more about that when I get the results in May (or perhaps, sooner).

      I assume that I do NOT have to go back for more nights like that one, but I guess I’ll find that out, too.

      I am grateful that you read this post and I appreciate your curious mind.

      • Thank you, Ann. I am grateful for your reply. These sleep studies are very interesting. Some people say we need on average seven to eight hours of sleep. But I think a lot of the time less than seven hours seems to be sufficient. At least this is my experience.

      • Thank you! I’m just about to publish today’s blog post, which shows that I share your experience, Aunty.

  8. WP is blocked? Censorship reigns!

    • Hi, David! The censorship message that popped up, when I tried to go to WordPress, stated that blogs, in general, were blocked. Lori’s ability to to access “Boobs and Loubs” proved that censorship, despite its efforts, can NOT reign absolutely.

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  14. Sleep studies…the JOY. (She says sarcastically). I have had two sleep studies. All I know is that I have Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) or whatever they are calling it these days…unfortunately I still do not sleep well. I haven’t read many of your posts, so I don’t know your story, but I certainly hope you are on the journey to restful sleep! 🙂

    • Thanks for joining in on this part of the journey, Kylie. I found out last night that I do not have RLS (and they are still calling it that).

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