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Doug Sleeps Away His Day Off, Doctor’s Orders

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Today was a rare day off for me. I didn’t go anyplace grand like last year’s vacation to the Grand Hotel in Michigan, nor did I get to do any necessary chores around the house, but I slept. No, I did not sleep in late. This was doctor prescribed.

A few months ago, I woke up in the middle in the night a couple of times out of breath or gasping for air. It was not a pleasant feeling. I went to my family doctor, Dr. Jeffery Sharp, and he recommended that I go see Dr. David Kuhlmann at the Bothwell Regional Health Center Sleep Lab.

For those that have never been to a Sleep Doctor, Dr. Kuhlmanngoes through your family history and your health history and asks about your sleeping patterns and whether or not you’re getting good quality of sleep.

I picked up a brochure in the lobby and read up on some of the things they look for and find out the importance of an effective sleeping pattern. According to the BRHC Sleep Lab brochure, ”

A lack of effective sleep does more than just make you grumpy or groggy. Interrupted sleep can cause daytime sleepiness, which increases your risk for accidents. Your sleeping problem could be caused by obstructive sleep apnea, which may increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.When you consider the health benefits of a good night’s sleep, it’s worth making sure your sleep time is well-spent.

I fell under the possibility of sleep apnea and was scheduled for a sleep study, which I did this morning. You check in just like a normal hotel, have your pajamas for the night and get adjusted to your room. The room had a nice big adjustable bed with a television, desk, chair and a machine that is hooked up to your to check for brain activity, teeth grinding, restless legs and breathing rate. I honestly felt like I was suiting up to go into space. The tech on duty had a nice conversation with me as she put on the diodes. It was not the most comfortable feeling to try and sleep with those on, but I managed to fall asleep by 9:30 p.m.

Apparently I passed the first test. I was told that if I met certain requirements, I would have to wear either a nose or mouth mask. I did not meet that requirement, so I’m viewing this as a good thing.

I was woke up at 5:30 a.m. and all the diodes were taken off with no issues, but I’m sure I’ll have a follow up. I will say that if you have sleep issues, you should talk with your family doctor about a referral to get checked out. Dr. Kuhlmann and his staff do a great job.

My only complaint about the experience is that I’d love a plush, memory foam bed since I’ve gotten used to that, but playing with the adjustments was nice, especially the massage part. I think a good continental breakfast would be good at the end too, just like you’re staying in a hotel.

I’ll fill you in if something else comes up. See you tomorrow!

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