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    Question Advice needed, Going for sleep study

    I am going in for a sleep study on friday. I have been doing some fairly complex things in my sleep, talking on the phone, making grilled cheese, and yes, even driving! When I caught myself driving I knew it was time to go to the doctor! The doctor recommended the sleep study, and I really didn't have a choice.

    I am a DL, but don't wear regularly.

    When sleeping, I use a stuffed animal, and a pacifier. Funny enough, neither are related to my fetish.

    I used to suck my thumb at night (habit left over from when I was little, I still do it during the day when I am stressed), but then I started grinding my teeth, had to wear a night guard, and a pacifier became a much better option.

    Anyways, I am totally embarrassed about going into the sleep study with a pacifier. The stuffed animal I can live with (he is cute, what can I say ) I have been trying for the last couple of weeks to temporarily ween myself off of my pacifier, and go back to sucking my thumb instead, but unfortunately it isn't working. I keep the pacifier thing, a BIG secret, not even my girlfriend knows, or my housemates of 3 years.

    To the question (sorry for rambling on), would it be bad for me to leave the pacifier at home, and just suffer through the sleep study, as in could it skew the results? I would much rather no one see it, and there be nothing about it in any medical record, however, I obviously need an accurate test, and would bring it if needed.

    If I do bring it, I am worried that that may also skew the results, because I am paranoid about people knowing about my pacifier.

    Anyways, what do you all think? Should I not bring it, instead, try to suck my thumb or do I need to bring it.

    Thanks, and sorry again for the rambling post. Also, sorry for any bad grammar/spelling, I am dyslexic.

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    When I did a sleep study I was in a room with the door shut, lights out and curtain drawn over the window. There was no camera in the room. The only thing was electrodes attached to my chest and I think my head. I was woken up by the guy in the morning and offered coffee. The only bad part about the study is I had to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night which required me being disconnected from the monitor I was attached to. If I knew then what I know now...

    So, if your study is like mine, bring whatever makes you happy. You will probably never see the guy again and I'm sure he has many more dramatic stories to tell than a pacifier and a plushie. I would venture to say he has probably seen one or both already and some of the older patients probably wear diapers, too.

    P.S. You're grammar and English are fine.

    And when you get a chance, please introduce yourself here. We like to know each other a little bit so we can relate better.

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    As Zipperless said, you probably won't see them again. And even if they ask about it just use the excuse of grinding teeth.

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    I'm usually reticent to show off that kind of thing to others but since it's a study for your health, I think you should make you best guess at which thing will give you the most accurate results. I don't think medical professionals are such hothouse flowers that they can't deal with a little something outside the norm if they'll even see anything.

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    I have had two sleep studies. The only hard fast rules are: you have to have private parts covered (if you have to get up to go to the bathroom you will leave the study area and go into a public hallway to get to the bathrooms) and NO CAFFINE the day before the test.

    As for the use of the pacifier I do not think that it would be any big deal. If you are not comfortable (Being wired is not the most comfortable condition. I always wind up getting tangled in all of the wires) then you will not go to sleep very easily.

    Yes there will be a camera, but all they care about is the level of movement that is occurring. I took my favorite blanket and a tape recorder to play old time radio tapes. The tech said that when he got bored he turned the mic on in my room to listen to the tapes because he had never heard of them and liked the Sci-Fi that I was listening too.

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    Seems to me that making yourself more restless than usual cound skew the results. So I'd take the pacifier if I were in your place.

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    Never a good Idea. Should only go into a medical - physical evaluation completely sans anything related to your interest or current lifestyle in anything diaper or baby related. Just my sincere take on the subject.

    One summer, fifteen years ago (1999), I ended up hospitalized with an extreme case of bronchitis. After getting home from over 30 days of travel (out of state) attending National Crisis Counseling training and conferences related to school violence and trauma. I found myself unable to breath unassisted and woke up (for my first time ever) in a hospital bed with a full oxygen tent.

    After my full recovery from the bronchitis, I was referred for a sleep study related to breathing obstruction and possible sleep apnea. The outcome of the test (at night) after the full, study was that I had severe sleep apnea and was sleeping less than 30 seconds before waking.

    In the fifteen years prior to this medical emergency, it never occurred to me that my obstructed breathing and snoring were an extremely serious (but treatable) medical condition. I never felt rested, often fell asleep at the wheel. At one point I was stopped by an Oregon State Trooper, that had made the traffic stop after following me for over four mile driving in excess of 85 MPH. During the entire time he was behind me on the rural state road (Highway 238 in Southern Oregon) he had his cruser's blue and red lights on. He finally had to turn on his siren, which startled and woke me from my total, blind, full slumber slleep that was in. Several times, I was awoken at traffic signals, when the motorist behind me had to honk their car horn to get me to move.

    I more than once fell asleep mid-day during important work-related functions. After my hire as a Child Development Specialist, I was called in as the district's behavioral intervention specialist, for a parent conference. The meeting was regarding a mid-year, newly enrolled elementary student with a score of severe behavioral issues that were hindering his learning and success. While seated around the large conference table with the family and school staff, I fell full asleep, mouth gaping open, in a full snore until a concerned staff member woke me/ To put it mildly, this was more than just embarassing, it could have cost me my job snd career.

    After the sleep study, I was referred to and assigned to a pulmonary specialist in the region (40 miles from my home). Long story short, I was prescribed a CPAP breathing machine at an initial pressure of 14. I have used a CPAP machine for the full 15 years. My life was significsantly improved by the study and resulting effective CPAP therapy.

    Believe it or not, my medical condition as a single (divorced) 45 year old, that made it harder to sell to a future mate than my covert diaper lifestyle. When I met my wife, the doe rabbit I live most happily with, she took sometime considering whether she could live with a nocturnal, mask-wearing were-rabbit. My diapers where almost insignificant in light of the Apnea condition and resulting lifetime therapy.
    Last edited by Diapered Rabbit; 08-Jan-2015 at 11:06.

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    I guess the conditions vary from one hospital/sleep-study center to another. When my mother had hers, there was a camera, but I'm also almost one-hundred percent sure she had a private bathroom in her room.

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    Bed wetting is seen with sleep apnea and some other sleep disorders.
    That means wearing diapers would not surprise the tech running the sleep study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anned View Post
    Bed wetting is seen with sleep apnea and some other sleep disorders.
    That means wearing diapers would not surprise the tech running the sleep study.
    Oddly, he wasn't asking about diapers but plushie and pacifier. Easy mistake to make in this line of advising.

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