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Concerned about your quality of sleep or lack thereof? You may be suffering from a sleep disorder. But how will you know if you have a sleep disorder and what exact disorder you have? Here at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, Dr. Richard Bogan can conduct different tests to ensure that you get the right diagnosis. One of these tests is the multiple sleep latency test or MSLT.
What to Expect During a Multiple Sleep Latency Test
The MSLT, also called nap study, is specifically designed for testing excessive sleepiness during the day and is typically conducted directly after a PSG or polysomnography. This is an overnight sleep test used for monitoring sleep stages and cycles. Specifically, an MSLT is used for measuring how long it will take a person to fall asleep during the daytime.
This sleep test lasts the whole day and involves five naps that are scheduled every two hours. If you manage to fall asleep, you will be awakened after 15 minutes of sleep. Otherwise, if you fail to fall asleep, the nap will end in 20 minutes. To determine if you’ve fallen asleep, are in rapid eye movement or REM sleep, or are awake, sensors will be attached to your face and head. Usually, audio and video of all naps are recorded. The following will also be closely monitored:
- breathing and oxygen levels
- the brain’s electrical activity through EEG or electroencephalogram
- Your eye movements
- The heart’s electrical activity through EKG or electrocardiogram
- Extremity movements
Ideal Candidates for the Multiple Sleep Latency Test
If you constantly feel sleepy during the daytime when you know you shouldn’t be or often find yourself sleepy when others are not, like while driving or at work, you might be an ideal candidate for the MSLT. The best way to determine your eligibility, however, is to come in for a consultation here at our Columbia, SC, clinic, so that Dr. Richard Bogan can figure out if an MSLT or other sleep test is best for your circumstances.
Likewise, doctors also usually recommend the MSLT for people who they suspect have narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness while idiopathic insomnia is a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness without a known cause.
Worried that you’re not getting enough sleep?
Falling asleep when you’re supposed to be awake comes with negative consequences. Specifically, when you’re driving your vehicle or when you’re at work. Call (803) 251-3093 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Richard Bogan here at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC.
A CPAP machine from your sleep specialists in Columbia, South Carolina can let you sleep well again.
If you aren’t sleeping well at night, you could have sleep apnea. It’s a condition that can cause serious medical issues and deprive you of sleep. The good news is, there is a device that can help restore your ability to sleep. It’s called the continuous positive air pressure machine or CPAP. The sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, South Carolina offer CPAP treatment to help you get relief from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing and blocking your airway while you sleep. When your airway is partially or completely blocked, it shuts off oxygen to your vital organs. Lack of oxygen can lead to chronic, serious medical problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more.
The CPAP machine has a special nosepiece that fits over your nose. It’s connected to a machine that delivers a continuous flow of air through your nose, throughout the night. Your sleep will be deep and uninterrupted, allowing a full flow of oxygen throughout your body.
The CPAP is portable, easy to maintain, and comfortable to wear. It’s the most common treatment for sleep apnea. When you use the CPAP, you can look forward to:
- No more loud snoring
- No more waking up gasping for air or choking
- No more sleepiness or grogginess during the day
- Increased ability to concentrate
- No more waking up with a headache or sore throat
If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, you should seek out help from the experts right away. The sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants will perform a sleep study to diagnose the condition, and then get you on the right track to restoring your ability to sleep. A CPAP is a highly effective way to get relief from sleep apnea.
To find out more about how the CPAP can benefit you, call the sleep specialists Dr. Richard Bogan and Dr. Laura Herpel at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, South Carolina today.
Would you like to learn more about sleep tests from Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC?
Sleep is important for many vital processes like reducing stress, improving memory, lowering blood pressure and boosting your immune system. Unfortunately, not everyone gets their proper dose of sleep. Approximately 50-70 million adults in the US suffer from a sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association.
Types of Sleep Tests
There are several sleep tests your Columbia doctor uses to help diagnose sleep problems. The facility offers a relaxing environment, a home-like bedroom setting, to ease the process and get the best results.
Here are a few tests our doctor offers:
- Polysomnogram (PSG) analyzes a patient's physical state while you sleep. The test monitors sleep and breathing patterns, heart function and brain waves.
- CPAP Titration is the next step after PSG analysis. CPAP Titration identifies if a person has a breathing disorder while sleeping. This is done by placing a patient on a CPAP machine and little-by-little adjusting the machine until snoring and sleep apnea episodes are eliminated.
- Split-Night PSG helps your physician diagnose sleep apnea and determine the best treatment option.
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) analyzes the amount of daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you fall asleep by taking five twenty-minute naps at two-hour intervals.
How to Improve Sleep
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke National Institutes of Health recommends doing the following to improve sleep:
- Have a set schedule by sleeping and waking up every day at the same time.
- Exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day
- Avoid caffeine and nicotine
- Relax before bed by reading or taking a bath.
- Avoid bright lights and loud sounds in your bedroom.
- Maintain a comfortable temperature in your bedroom.
Do you want to learn more about sleep and the types of sleep tests from your Columbia, SC, Bogan Sleep Consultants offer? If so, don't hesitate to call Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC at (803) 251-3093 today.
Don’t face yet another night of tossing and turning. Let us help.
Not getting quality sleep is an epidemic in the US. So much so that people just assume that a night of restless sleep is the new norm. This is a dangerous mindset. Everyone can and should get restful sleep each and every night for a healthy mind and body. It’s amazing how poor sleep can impact your health. Our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor, Dr. Richard Bogan, is here to tell you the warning signs that it might be time to see a specialist and what sleep study might benefit you the most.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study, sometimes referred to as a polysomnogram, is a way for our sleep specialists here in Columbia to check your vitals and certain autonomic processes of the body while you are sleep. This includes everything from measuring your heart rate and oxygen levels to brain waves and snoring. Sensors are placed on certain areas of the body before your sleep study to help our technicians monitor what’s going on within the body while you sleep.
What are the different kinds of sleep studies?
Since we are focused on the quality of your sleep the most common sleep study is performed overnight. Small sensors are placed on your person to look for signs of obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, and other sleep problems.
Of course, sometimes a daytime sleep study is performed. The study is exactly the same as the overnight study; the only difference is that it’s conducted during the day. This is usually a great option for those who work night shifts and sleep during the daytime.
Based on the symptoms you are experiencing, other kinds of sleep studies may be recommended. For example, if we suspect that you might have narcolepsy we may prescribe the maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT), which will assess a patient’s ability to stay awake throughout the course of the day. If narcolepsy is suspected, a multiple sleep latency test will be recommended in which we study both rapid eye movement and brain waves to check different sleep stages.
When is a sleep study necessary?
If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, if you find yourself dealing with extreme tiredness throughout the day or if your memory and concentration seem hazy then you could be dealing with a sleep disorder. It’s important that if you suspect that you have sleep problems that you turn to a specialist as soon as possible to prevent serious health problems.
Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, knows that getting good sleep is vital and yet not always as easy as it might seem. Let our expert sleep specialists find the missing piece that will have you sleeping soundly once again.
Everyone experiences a sleepless night or two occasionally. Work stress, a sick child, or a sudden life change can impact how quickly you fall asleep and how long you stay asleep at night. However, if insomnia continues, seek help from your sleep doctor, Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC. Dr. Bogan's kind and accurate sleep disorder diagnoses and treatments help patients beat insomnia and find the rest they deserve.
What is insomnia?
If you cannot sleep, stay asleep or wake up early more than three nights a week for three months, you likely suffer from insomnia, says the National Sleep Foundation. The resulting effects of insomnia include:
- Fatigue and poor energy levels
- Lack of concentration
- Poor memory
While women seem more prone to insomnia, adds the National Sleep Foundation, most anyone at any age can lose sleep chronically.
Fortunately, your sleep doctor in Columbia, Dr. Richard Bogan can help. At Bogan Sleep Consultants, Dr. Bogan and his team accurately test for, diagnose and treat a range of sleep disorders. They provide in-house Polysomnograms, CPAP adjustments and more which are fully monitored and accurately report what happens when a patient sleeps.
Care plans for insomnia are as individual as the patients who need them. Common elements, however, include lifestyle changes which improve what physicians call "sleep hygiene." Sometimes, controlling insomnia needs nothing more than:
- The same bedtime each night
- Less visual stimulation before bed (no TV, cell phones or computer devices)
- A bedroom that's devoted to rest (no storage or work-related items)
- No food or alcohol before bed
Additionally, Dr. Bogan may recommend relaxation and/or breathing techniques and cognitive behavioral therapies to help the body and mind eliminate distractions and focus on sleep.
Plus, while not all patients require sleep medications, they can be very helpful to some individuals. Over-the-counter sleep aids and even allergy medications provide just enough drowsiness to induce sleep. Also, with supervision, pharmaceuticals such as Ambien and Valium (an oral tranquilizer) help on a limited basis. Finally, some people benefit from herbal supplements such as Melatonin and Valerian root.
Whatever your need is, you can trust Dr. Bogan's expertise to customize a treatment plan just right for your symptoms, lifestyle and medical history, too.
You can conquer insomnia with the help of your sleep doctor at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC. To schedule your consultation, contact the office at (803) 251-3093.