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By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
August 25, 2021
Category: Sleep Medicine

Find out which sleep studies we perform and why they are performed.

Battling insomnia? Dealing with loud, chronic snoring? Worried you might have sleep apnea? If so, our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan can offer a definitive diagnosis. Of course, in order to find out what’s causing your sleep disturbances, we will need to ask you questions about your symptoms and go through your medical history before deciding which sleep study to perform. Here are the most common types of sleep studies we offer,

Polysomnogram

This is one of the most common studies that we perform to diagnose sleep apnea. Before the study can begin, the patient is hooked up to electrodes that they will wear while they are sleeping. The electrodes will be used to measure everything from heart rate and brain waves to respiration. Most patients will get their results within 7-10 days after their test. If this test comes back positive for sleep apnea, you’ll need a second test known as a titration study.

CPAP Titration Study

Again, our technicians will hook up the same electrodes to your body that they did for your polysomnogram, but this time we will also fit you with CPAP therapy that you will wear while you sleep. As you sleep, our Columbia, SC, sleep team will be able to monitor your respiration and airways and accommodate it by adjusting the air pressure within the CPAP face mask. This will help us figure out the appropriate amount of pressure needed to keep airways open so that you can do this from the comfort of your own home.

Split-Night Test

In some instances, we may be able to perform both the polysomnogram and the CPAP titration study in one night, but this will depend on certain factors of your polysomnogram. This is something that we can discuss further with you during your sleep consultation.

Multiple Sleep Latency Test

Do you find yourself feeling exhausted throughout the day? If so you could be dealing with narcolepsy or hypersomnia. A multiple sleep latency test is performed during the day and involves having patients take five 20-minutes naps, two hours apart. During the test, we will monitor how long it takes a patient to fall asleep, which will be determined through sensors that are placed on the head and face. If you have trouble staying awake during the day or feel exhausted despite getting good sleep, then an MSLT may be recommended by our Columbia, SC, sleep team.

If you are having trouble getting quality sleep night after night, a sleep disorder could be to blame. Find out what’s causing your issues by turning to our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Bogan for answers. Call Bogan Sleep Consultants at (803) 251-3093 to schedule a no-risk consultation.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
August 24, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleepwalking  

Find out why sleepwalking happens and what you can do about it.

Sleepwalking, or somnambulism is a sleep disorder that is most common amongst children and causes a child or adult to walk and move around while sleeping. This problem most often occurs when a person is transitioning from deep sleep to light sleep or from deep sleep to waking. If you or your child is dealing with sleepwalking, our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan can certainly help.

What are the symptoms associated with sleepwalking?

It’s most typical for kids and adults to experience symptoms of sleepwalking within 1-2 hours after falling asleep. Sleepwalking episodes may be a regular occurrence or may only happen once in a while. A person who sleepwalks may,

  • Get up and walk around
  • Sit up in bed with their eyes open
  • Not respond to others
  • Be difficult to wake up
  • Seem disoriented
  • Not remember sleepwalking the next day
  • Experience daytime fatigue the day after a sleepwalking episode
  • Also have sleep terrors

It’s sometimes possible for people during sleepwalking episodes to eat, get dressed, drive a car, become violent or engage in sexual behavior. This is more common in adults.

What causes sleepwalking?

There are many factors that could play a role in whether someone sleepwalks, particularly genetics. Other factors include,

  • Medical conditions such as nighttime asthma and GERD
  • Fever
  • Stress
  • Certain drugs (e.g. sedatives; tranquilizers)
  • Pregnancy
  • Arrhythmias
  • Psychiatric disorders (e.g. PTSD; panic attacks)

When should I see a doctor?

If these sleepwalking episodes are a rare occurrence then you probably won’t need to see a sleep specialist; however, it’s probably time to turn to our Columbia, SC, sleep team if sleepwalking is,

  • Occurring 1-2 times a week
  • Leading to dangerous or injurious behaviors
  • Resulting in extreme daytime fatigue or issues functioning throughout the day
  • Only occurring now as an adult
  • Continues into adolescence (for children)

If you are concerned about your child’s sleepwalking habits, then it’s the perfect time to turn to our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Bogan for answers. To schedule a consultation with our sleep team, call Bogan Sleep Consultants at (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
July 30, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: sleep apnea  

Think you might have sleep apnea? Here’s what to do about it…

Do you find yourself feeling exhausted most of the day? Do you need to nap in the afternoon or find yourself nodding off at your desk? Does your partner complain about your loud snoring? If so, these could all be signs of sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing for seconds at a time throughout the night. If you suspect that you or your partner might have sleep apnea, our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan is here to help.

Do I have sleep apnea?

It’s important to recognize the warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea so you can turn to our Columbia, SC, sleep team as soon as possible. Sleep apnea is not something you want to ignore, and delaying treatment could impact your health. Signs of sleep apnea include,

  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Waking up exhausted (despite getting enough sleep each night)
  • Dozing off during the day
  • Increased mood swings and irritability
  • Tossing and turning at night
  • Morning headaches
  • Pauses in breathing or making choking sounds at night
  • Brain fog and trouble concentrating

What should I expect when visiting a sleep doctor?

If you’ve never visited a sleep doctor before you may not be sure what to expect from this visit. Dr. Bogan will go through your medical history and ask you questions regarding your symptoms. If we also suspect that you have sleep apnea, then we will recommend undergoing a sleep study. A sleep study helps us to monitor you as you sleep to be able to detect sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. A sleep study is the only way to truly diagnose someone with sleep apnea, and you’ll need a sleep specialist for this.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Once we’ve analyzed the results of your sleep study we will have you come back into our office so that we can create a treatment plan. Your treatment plan will vary based on certain factors including the severity of your symptoms. Those with mild sleep apnea may find an improvement through oral appliance therapy and simple lifestyle modifications such as losing weight, quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol.

Those with more moderate to severe sleep apnea will usually require CPAP therapy to effectively manage symptoms while they sleep. A CPAP machine helps keep airways open while the person sleeps, which helps you wake up feeling rested and also reduces the risk for heart disease, diabetes and other health problems that are linked to untreated sleep apnea.

It’s important that you don’t ignore the warning signs of sleep apnea. Our Columbia, SC, sleep physician Dr. Bogan and the team at Bogan Sleep Consultants can provide you with the diagnosis and treatment you need. To schedule a sleep study, call us at (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
July 29, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Insomnia   Sleep   Stress  

How Does Stress Affect My Sleep?

Living with stress can severely impact our daily lives. It is true that many of us struggling with stress are likely already dealing with difficulties, the stressors themselves. To compound this there are the sleep problems that often result from stress and the very damaging effects that occur as a result. Problems with sleep could translate into sleep disorders and this is where your Columbia, SC, professionals, of Bogan Sleep Consultants, can help. They're who to turn to if you are wanting to know more about stress and sleep, and for help with diagnosing and treating common sleep disorders.

Stress and Insomnia

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that can be brought on by stress. It can affect our ability to remain asleep, to fall asleep when we want to, and the quality of our sleep. Stress can arise from a number of sources, commonly it's as a result of a life change, whether related to work or family, often due to loss. So it's important to address the source of stress whenever possible, but lack of sleep can make that task doubly difficult.

Why Sleep is Important

Not sleeping enough can negatively influence our lives in the daytime. Cognitive deficiencies are the most readily felt. Lack of sleep can cause problems with performing everyday tasks, even the simplest. It can affect our memory, further damaging our performance in work and life settings, and also our mood. Insomnia can also affect our immune system, putting us at risk of short-term illness and chronic conditions in the long run.

Insomnia Treatment in Columbia, SC

Stress can often be managed by lifestyle changes including exercise, diet, and by avoiding stressors as much as we can. In helping manage it and the resulting insomnia, your doctor can help.

If you experience recurring difficulty with sleeping about three times per week for about three months you are very likely suffering from insomnia. If you believe this is you it's time to schedule a consultation with the sleep experts at Bogan Sleep Consultants who have the means for diagnosing and treating a variety of sleep disorders, including insomnia. To schedule an appointment in Columbia, SC, dial (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
July 23, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: narcolepsy  

How your sleep specialists in Columbia, SC, can help if you have narcolepsy

Do you feel drowsy during the day, and sometimes fall asleep at inappropriate times? If so, you could have a rare condition known as narcolepsy. Fortunately, it’s a treatable condition, and you need to seek out help from a sleep specialist.

The sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, offer a wide range of sleep medicine services, including diagnosis and treatment of narcolepsy.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States suffer from narcolepsy, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If you are one of them, you already know how disruptive the condition can be.

Narcolepsy is a condition that affects your sleeping and waking cycles. Instead of rapid eye movement or REM cycle occurring later in your sleep cycle, when you have narcolepsy, REM sleep happens within minutes of falling asleep. This causes your entire sleep pattern to be altered.

Narcolepsy has some serious side effects, including:

  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Automatic behaviors that you are unaware of
  • Waking up multiple times during the night
  • Inability to move, known as sleep paralysis
  • Hallucinations when you fall asleep or wake up
  • Sudden loss of muscle control, known as cataplexy
  • Restlessness and irritability, often seen in children

Narcolepsy can be a dangerous condition for people who operate machinery, or if you are driving. It is estimated that if you have narcolepsy, you are 3 to 4 times more likely to be involved in a car accident, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Treatment for narcolepsy begins with a comprehensive examination by a sleep specialist. This can include a sleep study to determine if you do have narcolepsy.

If narcolepsy is confirmed, your sleep specialist may recommend:

  • Medication therapy; includes medications to reduce daytime sleepiness and cataplexy
  • Behavioral modification; can include incorporating short naps into your day, increased exercise, maintaining a sleep schedule, and limiting sedatives and alcohol.

You can get relief from narcolepsy symptoms. To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment options of narcolepsy, call the sleep specialists of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, at (803) 251-3093. Call today!





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