Thursday, August 6, 2009

So, I have a fat pack. It's like the rat pack only not.

Yeah, and I'm not talking about my tummy!

I am the world's lightest sleeper. It takes me forever to fall asleep, the slightest noise will wake me up. I regularly sleep with ear plugs. I hardly ever feel rested in the morning. I drink coffee in the morning to get the caffeine boost to try and make it through the day. I am ALWAYS tired, but I never nap because it only makes it harder for me to fall asleep at night.

Finally, I decided to go have a consultation with the Sleep Disorder Center.

The Dr asks me questions about my sleeping habits, bed time, caffeine and other stimulant use. Then he looks in my throat.

He whips out his little light thingie, I stick my tongue out and say "ahhhhh". Then he asks me if I still have my tonsils. I was a little surprised because my tonsils are not small, I have had other Dr's exclaim, "Wow, those are huge!" Awesome, just what every girl wants to hear, not only do I have be self conscious about the size of my ass, but now I have to worry about my HUGE tonsils!

"Yes. In fact they are rather large from what I have been told. They almost took them out when I was younger because I would always get strep throat." I replied.

"Hmm. Okay let me look again." This time he pulls out the tongue depressor and I open up again and say "Ahhhh"

"Oh yeah, there they are."

We talk some more about possible reasons for my sleep issues, including my asthma, seasonal allergies, blah blah blah.

Then he says he thinks I might have a minor case of sleep apnea, but not to the point where I stop breathing or my oxygen levels actually drop. He says because of my height and weight aka because I am a fatty (but I was happy he didn't call me fat or obese. Kudo points to him) they know I have a fat pack at the back of my throat and that is why he didn't see my tonsils the first time. My fat pack hid them.

Isn't that what every girl wants hear? They have a fat pack in their throat. I didn't realize I needed to be worried about my throat gaining weight!

So anyWAY. I have a fat pack and this narrows my airway from front to back, but I also have GINORMOUS tonsils (he told me I would have been better off if they had removed my tonsils as a child) that narrow my airway from side to side. When I am sleeping I am breathing through a very narrow opening and to top it off I am also very asthmatic.

The Dr. thinks that the reason I am such a light sleeper is because I will take one deep breath and then a bunch of shallow ones and my body is never able to fall into deep sleep. I am always just in the light part of sleep and thus easily awoken and never feel refreshed.

Thanks to my huge tonsils and fat pack - I have a full sleep study scheduled for the 21st. I have to check in at 8pm, they will hook me up to every conceivable probe/electrode, put me in a dark quiet room and tell me to go to sleep. On my back. I am not a back sleeper, ever. It will be interesting to see if I sleep much at all during the study.

**I tried to find a picture of a fat pack, but was unsuccessful. I will try and get one at the Sleep Center.


Lin said...

Well at least your closer to (maybe) getting better sleep :)

Alicia said...

man, that's crazy! is it weird that i've always wanted to do one of those sleep studies?? i can't wait to hear all about it!

Gabby said...

So I worked for 5 years for an ENT...gotta say I have never heard of a 'fat pack', BUT...I had my tonsils out last May. They were touching each other even when I wasn't sick, I had the same sleep problems and my voice sounded like a sheep on a daily basis. I never did a sleep study though, so I'm not sure I had SA. Having my tonsils out was the best thing ever!

Hope your weekend is just going along magically!

Jewels Diva said...

I had my tonsils out 8 years ago. Don't think it made much difference. I still can't breath properly thanks to my nose, and I still get sore throats.


Practically Perfect... said...

My BIL has sleep apnea for a similar reason. He had to do the whole sleep-study/O2 monitoring thing, too. I think he uses a CPAP at night now, and he said it was AMAZING how much better he felt. I hope that the study goes really well and they they're able to come up with a great, workable solution for you :-)

Ali said...

Crazy! Well, at least you have an answer now, right?

mylittlebecky said...

well, that sucks. i can fall asleep anywhere BUT i don't think i could fall asleep in some room with people watching me and recording stuff. shudder.

fingers crossed for workoutage!

ps i am SO jealous of the house!

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