Posts for: June, 2018
Could this sleep disorder be to blame for your extreme daytime exhaustion?
Do you find yourself falling asleep suddenly throughout the day? Are you hit with waves of intense and prolonged exhaustion more often than not? Sure, everything from caffeine crashes to poor sleep can lead us to feel really tired sometimes; however, if this has become the norm for you, our Columbia, SC, sleep specialist, Dr. Richard Bogan, is here to tell you more about narcolepsy and how to spot it.
Unfortunately, it’s reported that only about ¼ of people with narcolepsy have actually been diagnosed, which means that there are a lot of people with this sleep disorder that aren’t getting the proper treatment and care they need. How do you know if you have narcolepsy or not? Well, here are some of the warning signs:
- Severe and chronic daytime sleepiness
- Muscle weakness while awake (known as cataplexy)
- Sleep paralysis (being unable to move while asleep)
These symptoms can range in severity and most people with narcolepsy won’t experience all of these symptoms. If symptoms are mild, it’s easy for someone not to consider seeking medical attention even though they should. If you find yourself extremely tired throughout the day you may also find yourself dealing with intense mood swings, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, or lack of energy.
Narcolepsy symptoms tend to appear once someone is no longer active, such as when they are reading a book or relaxing on the couch watching TV. Those with narcolepsy often have trouble sleeping at night. You may find yourself having trouble falling asleep or you may not stay asleep, tossing and turning throughout the night.
A lot of these symptoms can be indicative of other conditions such as depression, a chronic health problem, or another sleep disorder, which is why it’s a good idea to seek an evaluation from our Columbia sleep doctor to find out if narcolepsy is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. We will go through your medical history, discuss your symptoms in detail and recommend that you undergo a daytime sleep study so that we can more thoroughly evaluate your sleep and wakefulness patterns.
Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, wants to help you get to the bottom of your sleep problems so that you can finally get the quality sleep you deserve. A good night’s sleep is possible and we can help. Call us today to schedule a sleep study with us.
How your doctor in Columbia can help you sleep well
Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? It could be just daily stress keeping you awake, or it could be something more serious. You could have insomnia. Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, can offer you insomnia treatment.
So, how do you know if you are suffering from insomnia? Two of the hallmarks of insomnia are difficulty getting to sleep and difficulty staying asleep.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, there are two types of insomnia:
Acute insomnia, usually temporary and caused by a traumatic or stressful life event; acute insomnia often goes away without professional treatment.
Chronic insomnia, typically lasting at least 3 months and characterized by difficulty sleeping at least 3 nights during the week; there are many factors that can lead to chronic insomnia including changes to your environment, work schedule, new medications, or medical issues.
Untreated, prolonged insomnia can lead to:
- Feelings of fatigue and low energy
- Having mood swings or behavioral issues
- Performance or concentration difficulties
One of the best things you can do at home is to create a comfortable, calming place for sleep. Avoid putting a television in your bedroom and avoid looking at a computer monitor or phone right before bedtime. You can also add a ritual like taking a warm bath or reading before bed, to help signal your body it’s time for sleep.
Other lifestyle modifications you can do to help you get a good night’s sleep are to:
- Keep active and exercise
- Avoid napping during the day
- Avoid nicotine and caffeine products and alcohol
- Avoid eating meals right before bed
- Schedule the same time for bed and waking up
For chronic insomnia that doesn’t respond to lifestyle modifications, professional treatment from your sleep specialist is indicated. Common treatments include relaxation techniques and behavioral therapy, sleep medications, and other treatments.
Don’t suffer from insomnia when help is just an easy phone call away. To find out more about insomnia treatment, call Dr. Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, today!