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By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
October 21, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Insomnia  

Getting proper sleep is essential for your health. However, many people struggle in this area. If you have sleep issues or sleep concerns, it is important to deal with this so that you can restore healthy sleep patterns. Your doctors can help at Bogan Sleep Consultants. If you are looking for a sleep doctor in Columbia, SC, keep reading to learn more about healthy sleep patterns.

What Should Healthy Sleep Look Like?

Healthy sleep can be different for different people, but it does have a few common factors. Most people with healthy sleep patterns can fall asleep within 20-30 minutes of lying down. This can be affected by certain factors such as caffeine consumption, stress, or screentime. In general, though, 20-30 minutes is a healthy amount of time to dose off.

Once asleep, an individual should stay asleep until woken. You may wake up to an alarm clock, or you may simply wake up on your own. During your sleep, you should not wake up more than once or twice, and you should be able to fall back asleep rather quickly.

Once you wake up, you should be able to get through your day without significant amounts of fatigue or sleepiness.

Do I Have Insomnia?

Many people think they have insomnia if there is any disturbance in their sleep patterns. This is not always the case, though. If you occasionally have trouble falling asleep, that does not necessarily mean you have insomnia. In most cases, a person simply needs to work on their sleep habits to improve their quality of sleep. By visiting a sleep doctor in Columbia, SC, you can get advice on how to improve your sleep habits. This is also sometimes called sleep hygiene.

True insomnia is categorized by having at least three of the following sleep issues.

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Waking too early
  • Poor quality of sleep

If you have three of these issues present, a visit to a sleep specialist will help you get to the root of the problem. Insomnia can be caused by many different factors. A sleep doctor in Columbia, SC, will be able to evaluate your lifestyle habits and bedtime habits to determine what is causing your sleep disturbances.

If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact us at Bogan Sleep Consultants. Your doctors are here to answer your questions and help you get back to sleep. Call us at (803) 251-3093 today.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
October 20, 2021
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Melatonin  

Melatonin is a hormone that the body produces normally. Because its production is stimulated by darkness and reduced by light conditions, it has been studied as a part of and contributor to an individual's sleep cycle. Melatonin has become one of the most used supplements on the market and can provide many benefits. Consulting with a sleep doctor like Dr. Richard Bogan, Dr. Laura Herpel, Dr. McLain, or Dr. Melissa Hummel at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, can help you understand melatonin and review whether this supplement is a good option for you.

When Melatonin is a Good Choice

As a natural hormone, melatonin is able to facilitate the transition from being awake to sleep. In certain conditions or as some people age, supplementing the natural levels of melatonin can help sleep practices. If someone is experiencing changes like those that can happen while traveling or with adjustments in day-to-day sleep schedules, melatonin can help individuals fall asleep more easily. 

There has not been sufficient data to determine the success of melatonin in helping with long-term sleep conditions, like insomnia or other difficulties related to misaligned circadian rhythms. Understanding the underlying cause of any sleep difficulties that you are having should be the basis for any course of treatment, including supplements. By discussing your sleep issues with the sleep doctors at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, you can explore different options and determine if melatonin might help you sleep.

Choosing Melatonin

As a supplement, melatonin is not regulated in the same way that pharmaceuticals are. You should only buy supplements from reputable sources, and be cautious about supplements that use melatonin as part of a sleep aid containing numerous ingredients. There is not currently sufficient research available on the interactions between melatonin and other supplements. 

You should also speak to your physician or sleep doctor about the proper dosage of melatonin to take for your body weight. Melatonin is available in tablets measured in milligrams (mg), and a 3 mg dose is typically sufficient for an adult. There has been an increased interest in melatonin as a sleep aid for children. While there are anecdotal stories of melatonin producing better sleep for children, there is no research on this subject. 

While there are no known serious side effects associated with melatonin, involving your sleep doctor is important. Contact Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, with any sleep concerns, and let Dr. Bogan, Dr. Herpel, Dr. McLain, or Dr. Hummel determine if melatonin is right for you. Call (803) 251-3093 to schedule an appointment today and take steps toward a better night's sleep.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
October 12, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Walking  

If you've ever walked in your sleep or been around someone who sleepwalks, you know that it can be a jarring experience. The sleep doctors at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, want to take some of the mystery out of this condition for you. Keep reading to learn about what actually causes sleepwalking.

Sleepwalking is more common in children than it is in adults, and many children who sleepwalk will grow out of this before they become adults. Sleepwalking is a disorder where people walk or perform other complex tasks while still mostly asleep. Sleepwalking is more common in people who are sleep-deprived, who tend to wake a lot during the night, or who have a family history of the condition.

Causes of Sleepwalking

Sleep doctors in Columbia, SC, know that some causes of sleepwalking include:

  • Family History or Genetics: Many studies have been done about sleepwalking and the results have shown that people who have one or both parents who have a history of sleepwalking are more likely to sleepwalk themselves
  • Sleep deprivation: Being deprived of proper sleep can make you more likely to sleepwalk
  • Medications: People can react to certain medications that are designed to sedate the person by having a sleepwalking episode.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol consumption can cause a disruption in your sleep patterns and cause an increased risk for sleepwalking.
  • Head or brain injury: Some brain injuries, including any that cause swelling of the brain, can increase the odds of sleepwalking.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe during sleep. Those disruptions can lead to episodes of sleepwalking.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS): RLS can arouse you from your sleep due to the uncontrollable urge to move your limbs and this can also trigger sleepwalking episodes.
  • Stress: Stress can have a wide variety of detrimental effects on our bodies. Stress can manifest itself in a variety of ways, including emotionally, mentally, and physically. A physical way that stress can manifest itself is through sleepwalking since it can cause disruptions in your sleep patterns. The stress of sleeping in unfamiliar places is a particularly vulnerable time for the potential of a sleepwalking incident.

A sleep doctor can help if you or a loved one experiences bouts of sleepwalking. If you are looking for a sleep doctor, contact Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, by calling (803) 251-3093 today!

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,


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.

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