I’m doing a sleep study, here’s why.

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According to the National Institute of Health, more than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and there another 20 million that report sleeping problems occasionally.

After all, Americans spend over $2 Billion (yes, that’s billion, with a “B”) on prescription sleeping pills. I don’t take prescription sleep drugs (more on what I do, later), especially because there are a TON of negative side effects. Take death – that’s a pretty bad one. A recent study showed that people taking drugs like Ambien had 5-fold increase in deaths than those that did not take the sleeping pills.

I can sleep. No problem there. I hit the pillow and I’m out. I’ve tested my sleep with Zeo (which I recommend for everyone). This allows you (with a journal) to show cause and effect on your sleep. For example, how much does caffeine effect your sleep? How much does working out effect your sleep?

My main problem was feeling tired during the day. Regardless of how much I slept, I could come home every day and take a nap. Something that’s not normal for someone that’s healthy. I continued to try different things with Zeo and supplements, but I couldn’t find anything to help me.

I visited a sleep doctor a couple of months ago and he diagnosed me with idiopathic hypersomnia. How appropriate that I would have something that has the word “idiot” in it?

What does it mean? Idiopathic: means “of an unknown cause.” Hypersomnia: I’m really tired.

So, I’m tired and they don’t know why.

Naps don’t help, long nighttime sleeping doesn’t help, and I feel tired all the time. I was prescribed a medication for this (I’ll talk more about that later), but my insurance denied coverage of it until a sleep study was performed. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense – deny a prescription coverage so the insurance company will have to spend thousands on a sleep study – but that’s besides the point.

I go in tonight and sleep at the clinic tonight with all the fun wires and monitors hooked up to me. The next day they’ll wake me up for a couple hours and tell me to go back to sleep. If I can go back to sleep, that means that I probably have idiopathic hypersomnia.

I’ll keep you updated with my findings after the study. If you have questions, let me know.

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