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By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
November 10, 2020
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep Tests  

Know more about the sleep tests we often perform and why they are used.

You’ve been having trouble falling or staying asleep for weeks now and it’s taking a toll on everything from your work to your personal life. While we will all experience bouts of bad sleep, when sleep disturbances become frequent it might be a sign that it’s time to turn to our Columbia, SC, sleep doctors for answers. While we will go through your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms, we will still need to do a sleep study to confirm the type of sleep disorder you may be dealing with.

However, the symptoms you share with us will shed light on which types of sleep studies we will need to perform. Here are the most common types of sleep studies,

Polysomnogram (PSG)

This overnight sleep study analyzes all aspects of the sleep cycle and measures breathing, muscle and brain activity as well as body positioning and eye movement to look for common sleep disturbances including,

  • Obstructive and central sleep apnea
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Circadian rhythm disorders
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
  • Narcolepsy

Specialized Polysomnogram (PSG)

We can also customize a standard PSG procedure to rule out certain disorders or to make a definitive diagnosis. This specialized PSG may include adding on an EEG test to diagnose seizures or carbon dioxide monitoring for those with possible sleep apnea.

Multiple Latency Sleep Test (MSLT)

If you find yourself dealing with excessive daytime exhaustion, our Columbia, SC, sleep specialists may recommend undergoing a multiple latency sleep test, also nicknamed a “nap study”, which analyzes how quickly you fall asleep and can be helpful for diagnosing narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia (extreme sleepiness that has no cause).

CPAP Titration

If your sleep doctor believes that you might have a sleep-based breathing disorder such as obstructive or central sleep apnea, then a CPAP titration study may be performed overnight to monitor breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate and brain waves to look for any possible upper airway blockages that could cause pauses in breathing throughout the night. This study is often recommended for people with sleep apnea as they begin sleep apnea CPAP treatment to see if current treatment levels are effective.

If you are tossing and turning at night or battling bouts of insomnia, it might be time to talk to a sleep specialist here in Columbia, SC. Call Bogan Sleep Consultants today at (803) 251-3093 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Bogan.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
October 21, 2020
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep Disorders  

Sleep disorders disrupt our everyday functions and vary from suddenly falling asleep, like narcolepsy, to hardly being able to sleep at all, like insomnia. Dr. Richard Bogan or Bongan Sleep Consultants, specializes in treating sleep disorders at his Columbia, SC, office.

Here are common sleep disorders and a few treatment options:

  1. Snoring, one of the most common sleeping disorders, is when soft tissue blocks airway passages while a person sleeps. Treatment options include using an oral appliance, like a CPAP machine, to keep air passages open. Take into consideration that snoring can be an indicator of a bigger underlying disorder.

  2. Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing while sleeping. intermittent cessation of breathing during sleep. These episodes lead to oxygen reduction in the blood. The obstruction in breathing requires a CPAP machine, like snoring, to keep air passages open.

  3. Insomnia, another common sleep disorder, is when someone has difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. If the condition occurs multiple times a week for three months, it is chronic insomnia and requires treatment, like sleeping pills and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI).

  4. Narcolepsy is the opposite of insomnia. They have a hard time staying awake for too long because of low levels of a neurochemical hypocretin. There's no cure but there are ways to manage by adopting good sleeping habits, avoid allergy medicine and/or use prescribed medication.

  5. Sleep paralysis is when a person is unable to move their body when waking up. They can't speak or move for a few seconds, and the preferred treatment options your Columbia doctor may use includes counseling and medication.

  6. Chronic fatigue syndrome is prolonged fatigue that does not subside even after full rest. It can be a result of a viral infection, psychological stress, or a combination of factors. Treatment helps manage or relieve symptoms.

Do you need to speak with a doctor?

Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Consultants in Columbia, SC, can help. Just give him a call at (803) 251-3093 for more information.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
July 22, 2020
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Nightmare   Child  

Your child may experience nightmares or bad dreams if they are under stress. For example, if they have just moved to a new school, or if they are being bullied, if they have had a recent illness, or if they have experienced the death of a loved one. If your child is having nightmares, you must know what to do to help. Dr. Richard Bogan and his team at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia SC can give you advice on helping your child with their nightmares.

Signs That Your Child May be Having Nightmares

Columbia SC parents whose children show the following signs may be having nightmares:

  • Your child wakes up during the night or very early in the morning.
  • Your child is frightened when they awake.
  • Your child can describe the nightmare in detail.
  • Your child asks for comfort from you.
  • Your child is afraid to go back to sleep in case the bad dream recurs.

Helping Your Child Keep Nightmares at Bay

If your child is having nightmares, it’s a sign that they are under emotional stress and they need reassurance. You can help them in the following ways:

  • Talk to them calmly in a gentle voice.
  • Remind them that they are safe and that nothing can harm them.
  • Tell them that you are there to protect them.
  • Give them a hug or a back rub to help them relax.
  • Remind them that the dreams are not real.
  • Let your child choose a protective stuffed toy to sleep with.
  • Help your child imagine a happy ending to their bad dream.
  • Read or tell your child a comforting story before bedtime.

If you live in Columbia SC and would like to know more about how nightmares affect children and how to stop them, call Dr. Richard Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants at (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
July 21, 2020
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep Study  

A sleep study from your sleep specialist in Columbia SC can help you sleep better

Do you struggle to fall or even stay asleep? You could have a sleep disorder. Occasional tossing and turning are normal, but if you find yourself continually having trouble sleeping, it could be an early sign of a potentially serious condition. It could mean you need a sleep study.

Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia SC is an expert at solving sleep difficulties, and he can help you too by performing a sleep study.

What is a sleep study?

It’s a test to determine sleeping patterns and behaviors during sleep. A sleep study measures and records important body functions including heart rate, respiration, airflow, muscle tone, and oxygen saturation. Your eye movements and EEG activity are also tracked to check stages of sleep, including when you fall into REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

Using the information gained from a sleep study, your doctor can diagnose conditions like these:

  • Insomnia
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Walking in your sleep
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless leg syndrome

A sleep study is recommended if you are experiencing:

  • Frequent, loud snoring
  • A choking, gasping sensation when you wake up
  • Daytime grogginess
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning headaches
  • A sore throat most mornings

A sleep study can help your doctor determine what is causing your sleeping difficulties. Then your Columbia SC doctor can develop a customized treatment plan designed to help you sleep well again.

If you are living with an undiagnosed, untreated sleep disorder, it can have serious consequences including memory problems, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, poor performance at work, and it can potentially shorten your life.

Learn more about sleep studies today

A sleep study is important to the length and quality of your life. To learn more about how a sleep study can benefit you, talk with an expert, your sleep specialist. Call Dr. Richard Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia SC at (803) 251-3093. Call now!

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
July 21, 2020
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Insomnia  

It's frustrating to lose a little bit of sleep, let alone lose complete control. If you're starting to label yourself as an "insomniac," then it's time to address the problem with Dr. Richard Bogan in our Columbia SC office.

Insomnia has many factors, such as stress, poor diet, anxiety, and others. When one suffers, the consequences can take a frightening toll on mental, physical, and psychological health. It can also increase a person's risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and other ailments. If your sleep quality is inferior, visit Bogan Sleep Consultants to get the quality of rest you deserve.

What Causes Insomnia?

Insomnia is often the result of a psychiatric or medical condition. Disruption in your circadian rhythm can result from eating a heavy meal before bed, frequent consumption of alcohol or caffeine, pregnancy, genetics, or an overactive mind. If you typically have trouble sleeping, be sure to speak about the possibilities with Dr. Bogan during your initial consultation in our Columbia SC office. He can determine what is contributing to the problem and recommend ways to help you overcome insomnia.

How to Overcome Insomnia

If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, there are ways to conquer insomnia by changing your habits. Try relaxation exercises to calm your body and prepare for rest. These can include breathing exercises, meditation, or guided imagery, like counting sheep for example.

For more severe cases, individuals may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy to discuss unhealthy fears or behaviors. They may also find relief from sleep aids or supplements like melatonin. Before you start treating insomnia yourself, visit the Bogan Sleep Consultants for an accurate diagnosis and guidance.

When to Visit a Sleep Consultant

Insomnia puts one at risk for increased medical conditions, accidents, mental health disorders, and even a shortened life expectancy. It's necessary to prioritize your sleep quality. If you do, you'll notice a drastic improvement in your mood and general lifestyle.

When you visit our Columbia SC office, Dr. Richard Bogan may recommend a sleep study, or a series of tests to reach a diagnosis. For more information about insomnia, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Bogan Sleep Consultants, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call (803) 251-3093.