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At Bogan Sleep Consultants, Dr. Richard Bogan of Columbia, SC, helps with patients dealing with sleeping disorders, including narcolepsy, a chronic sleep disorder that causes daytime drowsiness and sudden sleep attacks.
"An estimated 50 to 70 million adults in the United States suffer from a chronic sleep or wakefulness disorder, which can impair functioning and increase the risk of injury and various chronic conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease." according to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
More About Narcolepsy
Narcoleptics have a hard time staying awake for too long. People may collapse into a sleep attack because of loss of muscle tone, which is referred to as type 1 narcolepsy and is triggered by strong emotion. People with type 2 narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness but don't suffer from muscle weakness triggered by emotions.
The normal process of sleeping is when people gradually move from one phase to another, until they reach REM sleep (rapid eye movement sleep). In narcolepsy, people suddenly enter REM sleep without first experiencing other sleep phases.
How to Manage Narcolepsy
Symptoms of narcolepsy include: excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden loss of muscle tone, sleep paralysis, changes in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and hallucinations.
Narcolepsy is a chronic condition that has no cure but can be managed through medicine and strategic lifestyle changes.
- Good sleeping habits, like frequent and brief naps, and sticking to a strict bedtime routine can help.
- Avoid taking allergy medicine that has drowsiness listed as a side effect.
- A specialist may prescribe certain medications.
What are the causes?
People with type 1 narcolepsy have low levels of a neurochemical called hypocretin that helps regulate wakefulness and REM sleep. People who suffer from type 2 narcolepsy have particularly low levels of hypocretin. The cause of low levels of hypocretin is unknown but experts suspect it's due to an autoimmune reaction, genetics play a role in the development of narcolepsy.
Some risk factors that contribute to narcolepsy are age (typically begins between the ages of 10 and 30), and family history.
Need to speak with your Columbia doctor?
Sleep disorders disrupt everyday activities and require proper medical attention from Bogan Sleep Consultants. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Bogan in Columbia, SC, call his office at (803) 251-3093.
Should I Take Melatonin for My Sleeping Problems?
Melatonin supplements can seem like the most natural solution to your sleep problems. But before you decide to take on any treatment on your own you should learn more about it, and preferably get in contact with a specialist on sleep. Such as Dr. Richard Bogan of the practice, Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC.
What Is Melatonin?
Melatonin occurs naturally in your body.
In the middle of your brain, a small gland controls the release of it into your bloodstream. It is typically activated by the coming of night.
During this time, the melatonin coursing through your body reduces your alertness, making sleep an easier task. In the daytime, melatonin is barely present.
So it can appear to correlate that melatonin can alleviate some sleeping problems.
Does It Help?
People who work night shifts, and those suffering from jet lag have shown positive results from melatonin supplements.
Some who suffer from insomnia have also reported improvement to their sleep. But the results from most studies on the subject have shown no benefit against the placebo.
The most common concern is that in America the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not treat melatonin supplements as a drug. So the advertised dosage may not always be accurate.
Too much melatonin in your system could have adverse effects on your biological clock.
So it's advisable that you consult with your doctor before resorting to melatonin on your own. As with all supplements you need to know that it will not conflict with your prescriptions or if you'll have an allergic reaction.
It is also not recommended for older people or pregnant or breastfeeding women, as there isn't enough research about the effects in these cases.
Treatment for Sleep Problems in Columbia, SC
A good night of sleep is critical to your day, to your life. Don't suffer one more night, make an appointment with Dr. Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, by dialing (803) 251-3093.
How your sleep specialist in Columbia SC can help you sleep soundly
Are you waking up suddenly, gasping for air? Do family members joke about your snoring? If so, you could have a potentially life-threatening condition known as sleep apnea. You need to learn more about this condition, and your sleep specialist can help.
Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia SC offers a wide range of medical services, including diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, you are not alone. Over 18 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
These are some of the most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Waking up suddenly with a gasping, choking sensation
- Waking up with a headache most mornings
- Having a sore throat most mornings
- Daytime sleepiness and grogginess
- Frequent, loud snoring
Sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing and collapsing, partially blocking your airway while you sleep. This action keeps your vital organs from getting enough oxygen. Diminished oxygen levels can lead to problems with your vital organs, causing:
- A stroke
- A heart attack
- Memory problems
- Impaired mental ability
- Impaired physical ability
- A shortened lifespan
The good news is that your sleep specialist can help. The first step is a sleep study. If you do have sleep apnea, your sleep specialist may recommend:
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. It is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. The machine is connected to a facepiece that you wear at night. The CPAP provides a continuous flow of oxygen through the tube which connects to the facepiece. You are guaranteed a continuous flow of oxygen during sleep, helping you get a great night of deep sleep.
If you have sleep apnea, call us
If you think you might have sleep apnea, there is no time to lose. You need your sleep. You need to call Dr. Richard Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia SC at (803) 251-3093. Call today and sleep better soon!
Is your child having trouble sleeping? Find out if a sleep disorder could be to blame.
It is estimated that around 50 percent of children will experience sleep problems at some point. If you find your child is dealing with daytime fatigue, mood swings, behavioral issues and trouble concentrating then these could be early signs of a sleep disorder. It’s important to recognize these patterns early on so that our Columbia, SC, sleep physician Dr. Richard Bogan can evaluate your child and determine if their problems stem from sleep problems.
Here are some common childhood sleep disorders,
Just like adults can develop insomnia, so too can children. While it’s normal for everyone (even kids) to have trouble sleeping sometimes, true childhood insomnia occurs when a child has trouble falling or staying asleep for at least two days a week. While you may not immediately recognize that your child is having trouble sleeping you may notice that your child suddenly refuses to go to bed or suddenly throws tantrums around bedtime. Sometimes children with ADHD, autism or mental health issues such as anxiety or depression may also be prone to bouts of insomnia.
If your child is a sleepwalker, then they are dealing with a type of parasomnia. Parasomnias occur when a child is falling asleep, during REM sleep or when being aroused from non-REM sleep. Sleepwalking is just one common form but children with parasomnias may also experience sleep terrors (vivid nightmares that scare them awake in the middle of the night). Some children may experience temporary paralysis between the sudden sleep and awake transition or may hallucinate upon waking up.
Does your child or teen walk zombie-like throughout the day? Do they seem excessively tired despite getting enough sleep at night? While we may stereotypically make jokes about how teens often don’t want to get up for school or hit their alarm excessively, if these are common problems this might be worth looking into. After all, children with obstructive sleep apnea or delayed sleep phase syndrome may have trouble waking up during the day and may also experience brain fog, poor concentration and memory, and a decline in academic performance.
If trying to get your child to sleep is a losing battle it may be time to consult with our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor to find out if something more could be going on. The sooner a sleep disorder is diagnosed the sooner we can help your child find ways to cope with symptoms and improve their sleep. Turn to the experts at Bogan Sleep Consultants by calling (803) 251-3093.
Learn more about the warning signs of narcolepsy.
Our brains are incredibly intricate and complex, and they are able to switch between cycles of sleep and awake. While this is fairly stable for most people, people with narcolepsy have cells within the brain that don’t work properly, which causes the sleep-wake cycles to become unstable. Wondering if you or your child could benefit from visiting our Columbia, SC, sleep physician Dr. Richard Bogan? You may, if you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms,
Extreme daytime fatigue: Do you find it difficult to get through the day because you’re just so tired all the time? Do you find it challenging to get through your daily routine because of extreme drowsiness and fatigue? While this is a sign of narcolepsy, this can also be a symptom of other sleep disorders so it’s important to see a sleep doctor who can determine what’s causing your symptoms.
Restless sleep: it’s not uncommon for those with narcolepsy to have trouble staying asleep throughout the night. If you find yourself persistently waking up in the middle of the night and unable to fall back to sleep this could be a sign of narcolepsy.
Sleep paralysis: This is a rather scary symptom of narcolepsy and just like the name suggests, sleep paralysis causes the person to feel paralyzed. This only lasts a few seconds or minutes and typically occurs right before falling asleep or when waking up. Sometimes sleep paralysis is accompanied by vivid hallucinations (typically when someone is falling asleep).
What causes narcolepsy?
There are possibly a few things that can be to blame for narcolepsy. While the causes of narcolepsy are still under investigation there are a few factors that could increase your risk for narcolepsy including,
- An autoimmune disorder
- Genetics/family history of narcolepsy
- Previous brain injuries
Here in Columbia, SC, our sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan addresses a wide range of sleep problems, from insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea to night terrors in children and narcolepsy. If you are experiencing issues with sleep call Bogan Sleep Consultants today at (803) 251-3093 to schedule a consultation.