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Ernie
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Hi everyone,

My sleep specialist ordered a CPAP machine. He says that he hopes that with the CPAP I will not need sleeping pills anymore. Is that possible?

He says that I have unstable sleep patterns and that I have problems getting into Phase 3 and 4 and that I have only 6% REM sleep (the norm is 20%). I had no REM sleep during the first sleep study.

I need to do a 3rd sleep study because he thinks I have a 3rd sleep disorder but he wants to be sure about it before telling me. The only hint I have is that he asked me if I acted up my dreams. Do any of you have any idea of what sleep disorder that could be?

Thanks for you input.

Ernie :P

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Hi Ernie,

does the machine make a lot of noise during the night??? And can you explain me what the nostril is? I'm sorry I'm such a dummy, I don't know anything about this, but I'm willing to learn :P

Corina

btw are you scheduled yet for your third sleep study?

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Hi Corina,

Nostril = opening to the nose. Humans have 2 nostrils.

I called the store to find out if the machine is noisy and they said no. It takes about 1-3 months to get used to it.

Ernie

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Hi Morgan,

I don't know what test he will do for the 3rd sleep disorder. I know I will have another sleep study in August. The sleep specialist told me that we woud discuss that other disorder the next time I see him.

I am trying not to worry about it.

Ernie

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Hi Ernie,

Doc is prob gonna do polysomnography to rule out REM Behavior Disorder. (RBD).

Basically its a rare disorder of acting out dreams during REM sleep, shouting, grunting, motor activity.

Narcolepsy is falling asleep during the day, uncontollabley, sleepwalking doesnt occur during REM.

Hope it turns out well for you. The cpap should help you, takes some getting used to.

Good Luck

Janine

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Hi Janine,

Thanks for the link. I read it and it is very interesting. I think he was referring to the REM Behaviour Disorder because he asked me if I was screaming and moving during my sleep. It is possible that I have this disorder because I have the feeling that there is something else going on beside the apnea. I'll have to wait and see.

PS: He told me that I was a complex case and hard to diagnose! He's a nice doctor and he seems interested in helping me.

When he prescribed the CPAP and told me I have to come back, I said: "I have to come back to see you again? " He said: "Of course, I am not letting you down." I am so used to be told: "You don't have anything so you don't have to come back" that I never thought that he would want me back.

Ernie

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