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So I turn 25 this weekend, which means my car insurance rates will go down and, oh yeah, I'm that much closer to being an old, old lady who hoards cats and spies on the neighbors with binoculars.  In other words, things are only going to get more AWESOME from here on out.

I'm thinking 25 is going to feel pretty different from 24, if only because I also start a new job in two weeks.  It's actually pretty similar to the old one, communications-y stuff, but a little more money and a lot less of a commute.  I will also be abandoning my current title of "Consultant" in favor of the snazzy title of "Senior Analyst."  Seeing as how I am hitting the big 2-5, I think the Senior ranking is certainly in order.

If you read yesterday's post you know that this job change is only one big thing that happened to me this week; so, what was the other? Well, apparently I might be narcoleptic.  I did a sleep study last month at the recommendation of my mother, and on Wednesday when I discussed the results with a doctor he was very, very excited about the results.  My case, he enthusiastically told me, is very interesting and unique because thanks to some recent breakthroughs in the study of different sleep disorders, the criteria for narcolepsy have been revised and I seem to fit the profile.

I was quite confused at this prospect, because narcolepsy does not seem to be the kind of condition you have without knowing.  Wouldn't I have noticed if I had suddenly fallen asleep while doing something? Apparently though, that only happens to extreme narcoleptics; the average narcolepsy sufferer only has symptoms of excessive daytime fatigue, cataplexy, occasional sleep paralysis and something called "hypnogogic hallucinations."

Now, I don't know why I was so surprised that my understanding of narcolepsy--which had been primarily derived from the movie Deuce Bigelow--was faulty, but you could have knocked me over with a feather when this all happened. 

(Resolved: From now on I am not coming to any medical or scientific conclusions based on Rob Schneider movies.)

I'm going to do another sleep study on Monday because the doc's not entirely sure if the narcolepsy is what's causing me problems or not--my sleep study also indicated that I averaged about 25 "respiratory-related arousals" per hour, which meant that I don't technically have sleep apnea, but I may be experiencing the same effects as a person with that condition.  The results showed that out of the eight hours I was being monitored, I only entered REM twice--once around 4 a.m. for 20 minutes, and once at 6 a.m. for 30 minutes.  During the next study I will try sleeping with a CPAP machine to see if it lets me get more REM sleep.  If that helps, I might sleep with a CPAP from now on instead of taking the narcolepsy meds.

All of that might sound a little disturbing, but honestly I'm very excited that I may have narcolepsy and/or an apnea-type condition because I always just assumed I was really, really, unbelievably lazy. It turns out I might just be a little lazy, and the rest of it is not my fault!


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I think your case will be a good episode of house m.d

it´s a joke don´t care about this and i hope u get better soon.



Dude what's so hilarious is when you type CPAP my brain reads it as CRAP first. Imagining you sleeping with a CRAP machine is really, really funny.


Okay, I have lurked on your blog for, like, 8 months. You are too funny. I usually just pop in for a Monday lunch pick-me-up of leftovers from the Saturday and Sunday morning Pancake breakfasts.

I am a fellow sleep disorder sufferer (is that even a word?) - idiopathic hypersomnia. In layman's terms it means during my sleep study I came out of REM sleep every 5 minutes and they have no clue why. A couple of times it might have been sleep apnea and a couple of times it might have been RLS (which I can now abbreviate since we have all those great drug ads now). I was glad to find out I wasn't just a big lazy lump too! Since this was several years ago and the sleep drugs weren't nearly as popular as they are now, my doctor prescribed an anti-depressant that is at a much lower dosage than they ever prescribe and it gets me into REM sleep enough to feel rested. Thank god, because I would hate to be caught on police dashcam in my nightie chowing down on a bologna sandwich in the middle of the night! I hope you find a good solution, because it is amazing how much better I feel now and how much more I get done. And when I am being lazy I just lie and say I forgot to take my pill before I went to bed and didn't get a good night's sleep - ha!


Thanks for the comment, MariaH. Because I seem to have sort of a mixed bag of symptoms, the doc is not sure yet if I will ultimately end up on meds or the CPAP (or both!). He warned me that it may take some time--months, even--to figure out the right solution, but I am determined to stick it out and try whatever it takes because it seems like it will be SOOO worth it.

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