So now for the good part...the results.
Basically I have no clear-cut results. It was determined that I do not have any apnea episodes overnight. Meaning that I do not stop breathing for a significant amount of time that would interrupt the quality of sleep that I get. I get into REM sleep, albeit it takes me some time, but I progress throughout the four stages of sleep fairly normally. The doctor notes that I grind my teeth louder than anyone he's heard in the past 4 or 5 years. So there's a few thoughts: that the grinding interrupts my sleep enough to make me tired throughout the day or that the grinding is an early sign of apnea that hasn't progressed into anything major (that would be picked up by the monitors).
There is a chance that a CPAP machine still could help (if this is a case of early apnea) or that I could take medicine at bedtime to help relax me/my body/my muscles enough to calm the grinding and hopefully get better quality sleep.
I also take a medication for a heart condition that I have (nothing serious, but something I take medicine for) that could possibly be adding to and/or causing daytime sleepiness.
So now that I've documented all of my ailments to the Interwebs (and sound slightly like a crazy old lady with all of the aforementioned ailments) the conclusion is that we will play around with my medications to see what makes me feel better, i.e. AWAKE during the day like a normal person
I have halved one of the heart medications and so far there has been no significant reduction in sleepiness. I might have slept until 2pm on Sunday while Hubs was golfing. However, I have experienced more hot flashes and racing heart beats than a menopausal woman. A window into the future, if you will? But it could take time. Patience, dear Miss E, patience!
So, as my dad told me, being adult sometimes sucks. Ok, maybe he didn't say exactly that. But he reminded me that sometimes in this life there are no clear-cut answers. Sometimes we have to keep tasting the soup to see how it tastes and add spices as needed. So I'm making soup, folks. And it's kinda gross right now, but hopefully I'll get it right.
***And if you made it this far, you are an amazing friend. Muah!***