Guest tearose Posted April 8, 2004 Report Share Posted April 8, 2004 Well, in a way I'm not surprised... The sleep study showed over 250 sleep arousals (measured in seconds) during my 381 minutes of sleep. I show some leg movement but not enough to be considered a disorder. This is not the same thing as "waking up" which I and most people do to a much less extent and is within normal ranges. These sleep arrousals make me come out of sleep for several seconds and then resume whatever stage of sleep I'm in. With all the "sleep fragmentation" I have, I do not get restorative sleep. This explains why I and most probably everyone with POTS experiences "brain fog"!!! The oxygen levels were excellent too. The "fog" seems to be related to the lack continous and replenishing sleep, not at all related to lack of oxygen! This doctor cannot explain what is happening in as great a depth as I wish and supports my internists' idea to send it off to the Mayo Clinic to ask if they can further interperet it. I suggested that just like our bodies have to make adjustments for falling BP during the day, could it be my body trying to adjust to the dysautonomia during the night??? I didn't mean to stump the doctor!Additionallly, I believe, somewhere deep inside my soul, that this is a "wake up call" (pun intended) for me to do something non-invasive to get the sleep I desperately need. I believe that if I don't, then this could progress into something worse down the line. It is just a feeling but I want to honor it and try to change my sleep quality somehow...any suggestions are appreciated. tearose Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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