I have undertaken two sleep studies and the results show that there is significant problems with my ability to get into and stay in the deep sleep cycles. Here is the doctors analysis:
"[i]A 10 hour 31 minute NPSG commenced at 19:09, showing a slightly delayed sleep onset of 24.0 minutes. This was then followed by significant periods of WASO (wake after Sleep Onset), meaning that the REM latency was delayed at 196.5 minutes.
Consolidated sleep was archived just prior to 22:00 hours. An early awakening just after 02:00 hours meant that the total sleep time was significantly reduced at 4.7 hours.
There were a number of quite sudden, spontaneous arousals from Slow Wave Sleep[/i]’.
I know members have hypothesized that our sleep problems are due to neurotransmitters/Gaba deficiencies. Well my second study seems to back that up, as Diazepam (Valium) was administered and I slept soundly. Here is the doctors notes on my sleep with valium:
[i]"An 8 hours 29 minute NPSG commenced at 21:31 showing a rapid sleep onset of 4.0 minutes, followed by a normal REM onset of 74.5 minutes. The rest of the study was unremarkable with no sleep pathologies evident.
The total sleep time was increased compared with the first study, at 8.2 hours, and a good sleep efficiency of 96%".[/i]
I am not advocating valium for sleep as its not the cure- I want my brain to sleep by itself! However this does provide evidence that a Gaba disruption does play a role in our sleep issues.
The doctor is referring me to a second sleep disorders clinic for a second opinion- I will press for Xyrem.