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By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
January 14, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep paralysis  

Sleep paralysis is a condition where you are unable to move or speak. It occurs right before you fall asleep or before you awaken. It's a temporary condition where you remain alert even though you can't talk or move. If you live in Columbia, SC, a specialist like Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants offers services that can help you with sleep disorders, including sleep paralysis. Keep reading to learn more about sleep paralysis and what causes it.

 

Symptoms of Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis may be scary, but it's not a dangerous condition. Symptoms of sleep paralysis include:

 

  • fear
  • hallucinations immediately before, during, or after sleep
  • the feeling that someone is pressing you down
  • the belief that something or someone is in the room with you

How Sleep Paralysis Happens

Sleep paralysis takes place each night when you enter the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep. During this stage, your brain is extremely active. In fact, the REM stage is when dreaming occurs. Even though your brain is highly active during REM, your body remains immobile. This immobility is necessary because it prevents you from acting out your dreams.

 

Unfortunately, if you remain aware as you fall asleep, you experience sleep paralysis. In other words, you may feel afraid, experience pressure on your chest, believe a dangerous presence is in the room with you, or even hallucinate.

 

Sleep paralysis can happen to anyone. You're more likely to experience this temporary condition if you are sleep deprived, use certain medicines like the ones diagnosed for ADHD, or feel really stressed out. People that abuse drugs and alcohol are also more likely to suffer from sleep paralysis. Find a sleep specialist in Columbia, SC, who can give you more information about it.

 

Schedule Your Appointment

Are you worried about sleep paralysis or some other kind of sleep issue? Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants can help you find ways to get a better night's sleep. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Bogan by giving us a call at (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
December 30, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Nightmares   Night Terrors  

We understand how tough it is to get great rest. Some barriers to sleep are external like barking dogs or loud music, and other times it's nightmares or night terrors. Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC is dedicated to helping you get a better night’s rest and bounce back from nightmares or night terrors.
 

Understanding the difference between a nightmare and a night terror

Nightmares are dreams that can occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) cycle. They are usually visions of persons, places, or events that evoke strong emotions like sadness, anger, or grief. These images can be recurring at a certain point in the sleeper's life or can appear once and never again.

Sometimes nightmares can be brought on by triggers in the patient’s waking life such as stress over school, work, or other concerns. Lifestyle choices and/or poor health unrelated to sleeping may also render one susceptible to nightmares when slumbering. At times, certain images will disturb the sleep, or just abruptly stop and go away. Most of the time, details of the nightmare stay with the dreamer.
 

So what are night terrors?

Night terrors are intense bouts of fear that usually affects children aged younger than 10. They are caused by a partial awakening during the non-rapid eye movement (NREM) cycle. They can be recurring and equally as dramatic as nightmares, with patients screaming, mumbling, and exhibiting other behaviors while experiencing the episode.

While these terrors are not dangerous by themselves, parents need to protect their children from falls and other injuries as their child experiences this. Still, adults have night terrors too. According to Stanford Children’s Health, night terrors can be avoided by getting adequate nap time and having a set sleep schedule.

Sleep disturbances can interfere with normal functioning in everyday life. Lack of sleep can be uncomfortable and causes symptoms that can exacerbate other conditions. Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC can help you figure out how to get better sleep. Call Dr. Richard Bogan at (803) 251-3093 to schedule an appointment today.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
December 30, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders

Periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS) affects four to 11% of adults. Also called nocturnal myoclonus, patients are often unaware that they have this sleep disorder until it begins to interrupt their sleep schedule. If something seems a bit off, or your significant other is showing signs of concern for your behavior while catching Z's, visit our office in Columbia, SC, to get the situation under control. At Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC, we promise to provide you with better sleep and better quality of health. Dr. Richard Bogan is here for all your needs.
 

What is Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS)?

PLMS is common in older adults. Also associated with restless leg syndrome, it's characterized by jerking and flailing movements of the arms, legs, and even the facial muscles. What can start as mild motions can turn into grand thrashing gestures, and the greatest amount of them often expose themselves in the first four hours of sleep. Most ticks occur for only half a second in periodic intervals, but some can last for intervals separated by five to 90 seconds. Although this disorder can present itself while awake, it's most likely to occur during sleep, when it becomes the most disruptive.
 

What Causes PLMS?

Most doctors often correlate this condition to spinal cord injuries or diabetes, although majorities are unsure of the actual cause. They assume it to result from abnormal nerve passage patterns that travel from the brain to the limbs.
 

Diagnosing and Treating PLMS

When PLMS disturbs the slumber of you or your partner, it's time to see a doctor. Excessive daytime sleepiness, mood swings, and other signs of lack of sleep are all symptoms that require attention. A formal diagnosis typically requires a sleep study, where your sleep gets monitored by one of our consultants throughout the night. PLMS often responds well to anticonvulsant medication, iron supplements, benzodiazepines, and dopamine therapy. We can address any questions or concerns upon your initial visit to our Columbia, SC office.
 

If you frequently wake your partner throughout the night, schedule a consultation with one of our many professionals to get to the root of the problem and develop the appropriate treatment plan. For more information about PLMS, other conditions we treat, and services provided by Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC, visit our website. Please call (803) 251-3093 for appointment scheduling in our Columbia, SC, office.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
December 30, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: sleep apnea  

Snoring can keep you -- and others -- up at night, leaving you tired the next day. While going to sleep earlier may provide more opportunity for sleep, sleep apnea can interrupt breathing patterns if left untreated. Bogan Sleep Consultants offers healthy sleep solutions to the Columbia, SC, area and can get you back to restful sleep. Dr. Richard Bogan is here for your needs.
 

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts airflow during sleep. One of the hallmark symptoms of sleep apnea is loud snoring, often accompanied by pauses during respiration.
 

Here are some things you can do to treat your sleep apnea:

  • Adjust your sleeping position: If you are a back sleeper, then try sleeping on your side. Sleeping on your back increases the chance of your muscles blocking the flow of air through the nose, causing more snoring.
  • Reduce your tobacco and alcohol intake: Smoking and excessive drinking tend to dry the mucous membranes, which make it harder to breathe while sleeping. Smoking also leads to reduced lung function, leading to less air inhaled overall.
  • Monitor your allergies: Hay fever may make you wheeze through your sleep and cause increased mucus production. These may interfere with airflow through the nose and mouth, contributing to your condition.
  • Manage your weight: Obesity affects many systems of the body, and the nose and throat are no exception. Exercise causes you to breathe deeply, and eating well helps to reduce unwanted weight. Losing excess weight can reduce pressure on the tissues of the nose, chest, and mouth, making it less difficult to breathe at night.
  • Wear a mask: For more serious cases of sleep apnea, you may want to ask your doctor if continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy or wearing an oral appliance while you sleep is right for you.
     

Bogan Sleep Consultants can help you overcome sleep apnea and rest better at night in Columbia, SC. Call Dr. Richard Bogan at (803) 251-3093 for a consultation today.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
November 10, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Walking  

What is sleepwalking and is there a way to stop this from happening to you or a child?

Sleepwalking is actually a fairly common disorder in children; however, it is possible for adults to sleepwalk, too. The problem is that these evening antics wandering around the house can lead to injury or it may be a warning sign to our Columbia, SC, sleep physicians that you could have an underlying medical condition that’s causing this problem.

If you have a family of sleepwalkers, then you may also be more likely to sleepwalk yourself. Of course, there are certain lifestyle factors that can make it more likely for you to sleepwalk. Those on nightshift or weird sleep schedules, as well as those who take certain medications (e.g. sedatives; stimulants) or are under the influence of alcohol may be prone to sleepwalking.

Of course, sleepwalking is also more likely in those with these medical problems,

  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Asthma
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Anxiety disorders

Seeing a Sleep Specialist

If you are suddenly dealing with a bout of sleepwalking, this warrants visiting a sleep specialist. After all, certain conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea require additional treatment to prevent potentially serious health complications down the road. By determining the cause of your sleepwalking, we can also make sure that you get the care you need.

When you come into our office, we will ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing. From there, we may recommend certain tests such as a sleep study to confirm sleepwalking.

Treating Sleepwalking

If you or a loved one experiences minor bouts of sleepwalking that occur infrequently then treatment may not be necessary; however, there are several ways to manage your sleepwalking. For one, it’s important to eliminate any potential risks in the house that could cause a sleepwalker to fall, trip or get hurt.

If any underlying medical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea is to blame, our sleep specialists here at Bogan Sleep Consultants can provide you with the proper medication and treatment options to improve the underlying medical condition. This in turn should improve your sleepwalking.

Other treatment options include,

  • Talking with your doctor about any medications you are currently taking to see if they could be causing your symptoms
  • Antidepressants and even melatonin
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy to alleviate stress, which can improve stress-induced sleepwalking
  • Altering and improving your current sleep habits (making sure you are getting enough sleep and that you are going to bed at the same time every night)

Do you have questions about sleepwalking? If you are concerned about your current sleep habits or are having trouble with your sleep, turn to our sleep specialist Dr. Richard Bogan in Columbia, SC, for a better night’s sleep. Call Bogan Sleep Consultants today at (803) 251-3093.