Posts for: July, 2018
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.
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says this periodic cessation of breathing during a night's rest affects 25 million Americans--children, teens, and adults being among them. Thought to contribute to health problems such as stroke, hypertension, diabetes, depression, and more, sleep apnea can be treated successfully. Learn how sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC can help.
What is sleep apnea?
Most cases of sleep apnea are what physicians and dentists call Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. Caused by the relaxation of the soft tissues at the back of the throat, OSA occurs when breathing stops, and patients startle awake. This oxygen deprivation and sleep disturbance can happen multiple times a night, resulting in a poor night's sleep, daytime fatigue, poor concentration, and memory and a host of other issues.
OSA is accompanied by frequent and excessively loud snoring. People with OSA snore because their soft palates and uvulas vibrate with the partially obstructed flow of air. Many individuals gasp for air or wake up needing to go to the bathroom.
Besides OSA, there are two other kinds of sleep apnea: Central Sleep Apnea, in which the respiratory system and brain do not communicate properly, and Mixed Sleep Apnea which combines features of OSA and CSA. All forms of this sleep disorder are potentially dangerous.
Sleep apnea can run in families. Additionally, being overweight, over 40 and a male increases your chances of developing this problem.
Treating sleep apnea
Treatment of sleep apnea begins with a consultation with your sleep doctor in Columbia. Dr. Bogan is board-certified in Sleep Medicine and understands the details and frustrations of sleep apnea. He will ask about your symptoms and your perceived sleep pattern. He'll ask about your medical history and, as needed, ask you to undergo a fully-monitored sleep study.
Typically done overnight at Bogan Sleep Consultants, a sleep study measures your vital signs (heart rate, respiration, temperature) and also monitors your eye, arm, and leg movements and wakefulness as you rest in our state-of-the-art sleep lab. Oxygenation and brain wave activity (EEG) are important measures, too.
After careful review of findings, Dr. Bogan may recommend sleep hygiene techniques such as:
- Side sleeping
- No food, alcohol, or TV before bed
- A darkened bedroom and/or use of an eye shade
- Same bedtime each night
Also, Dr. Bogan may advise oral appliance therapy, a custom-made acrylic mouth guard which places the chin forward and opens the airway. Some patients with CSA benefit from a CPAP machine. CPAP means Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This bedside apparatus delivers a constant stream of oxygen through a nasal mask to keep the back of the throat open.
Do you snore?
Consistent and loud snoring is a warning sign of something serious. If your loved ones say you snore, look into sleep apnea treatment with our sleep doctor at Bogan Sleep Consultants. Call today for an appointment in Columbia, SC, at (803) 251-3093!