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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.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
June 09, 2020
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep Tests  

If you suspect that you suffer from a sleep disorder, like 40 million people in America, according to the National Sleep Foundation, undergoing a sleep study can help. Here at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, we offer various sleep studies using advanced technology to ensure that our physician, Dr. Richard Bogan, can diagnose you accurately and provide the best treatment to help you sleep soundly and normally.

The MSLT or Multiple Sleep Latency Test

This is the standard test utilized for diagnosing narcolepsy as well as excessive sleepiness that isn't due to sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. It involves having the patient nap during the daytime for several times to measure the time it takes for the patient to fall asleep. In most cases, excessive sleepiness is caused by excessive leg movements or sleep apnea.

The PSG or Polysomnography Test

This test is used for recording brain waves, breathing, and heart rate during sleeping. PSG likewise charts blood oxygen levels, limb movements, and eye movements. It’s commonly used for ruling out or diagnosing sleep disorders like RLS or restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders.

The HST or Home Sleep Apnea Test

A self-administered and at-home sleep test, this is used for ruling out or diagnosing sleep apnea. The HST records your snoring, oxygen saturation, breathing efforts, and nasal flow. Take note that this test is usually recommended for generally healthy individuals and can’t be used on children, patients with severe and moderate sleep apnea cases, and those with underlying health issues.

The Split or 50/50 Night Polysomnography Test

Commonly used for ruling our or diagnosing suspect sleep issues, this test starts with a standard polysomnography for keeping track of movements and vitals during sleep. Once your physician here in our Columbia, SC, practice has enough data to diagnose sleep apnea, you’ll be placed on CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure. The test will then shift to titration for monitoring your positive airway pressure or PAP settings.

The CPAP Titration Test

For patients who have sleep apnea, this test is utilized for determining their optimal PAP or positive airway pressure settings, as proper PAP settings are capable of completely eliminating or reducing apnea events. Doctors typically recommend this test after health changes, including significant weight gain or loss.

The BiPAP or BI-Level Titration Test

In general, doctors recommend this test for people who have obstructive sleep apnea and haven’t determined their optimal CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure settings.

For More Details on Our Sleep Studies, Talk to Us

Call (803) 251-3093 to reach the Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, and arrange an evaluation with Dr. Richard Bogan.