So the results if the sleep study are as follows: I do not have narcolepsy or hypersomnia. I do have a chronic sleep debt. My NP believes its because as a person, I need more sleep than most. So, while most people can get by on 7 or 8 hours of sleep, I need 9 to 10 hours. So basically getting 7 hours a night is like others getting 5 or 6. Judging by how I am on the weekend, I suspect it’s more like 9.
Alone, by myself, this isn’t much of a problem. If I lived in a bungalow on the beaches of Thailand with no job or friends, I would probably have no sleep debt. But I live in a city with a job and some friends. Friends that like to do things at night. So, if I want to get up at a decent time for work (which is 6am) AND not fall asleep there, I need to go to bed at minimum at 9pm. That means no dates, few dinners that last past 8, etc.
Luckily, the medical establishment recognizes that I may have a life at some point in the future. So I was prescribed a drug to keep me awake when I need it. It’s not perfect by a long shot. Biggest downside? It eliminates the effectiveness of contraception. Great googly moogly. I hope my mom is ready to help me in those first few postpartum months.Sleep