Posts for: September, 2018
Do you have trouble staying awake during the day, even if you've had a good night's sleep? Narcolepsy, a chronic neurological disorder, may be to blame for your symptoms. Sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants offers treatment for narcolepsy and other sleep disorders in his Columbia, SC, office.
Is it general sleepiness or narcolepsy?
If you're tired because you didn't sleep well, you'll probably feel fatigued the entire day. Despite feeling a little sleepy, you'll still be able to function. If you have narcolepsy, sleepiness tends to occur suddenly. One minute, you're alert, the next you're overcome with an irresistible urge to sleep. In some cases, you may fall asleep in the middle of a conversation or while walking or driving.
Other symptoms of narcolepsy may include:
- Cataplexy: Cataplexy occurs when you lose control of your voluntary muscles. Episodes can be triggered by stress, laughter, anger or other strong emotions. The attacks only last a few seconds to a few minutes and may only cause minor weakness in some cases. If you have a severe attack, you may collapse due to your inability to control your muscles.
- Sleep Paralysis and Hallucinations: If you have sleep paralysis, you may experience temporary paralysis when you first drift off to sleep or wake up. Sleep paralysis can be accompanied by hallucinations.
- Insomnia: People who have narcolepsy may find it harder to stay asleep during the night or may suffer from periodic limb movements that make sleeping difficult.
How can a sleep doctor help me?
Your Columbia sleep doctor will review your symptoms and medical history and may recommend a few tests, such as a sleep study or a multiple sleep latency test, that will help him make a diagnosis. If you're diagnosed with narcolepsy, he may recommend medications that improve alertness, reduce drowsiness and control cataplexy. He may also recommend that you make a few changes to your lifestyle, such as taking naps at the times when you tend to fall asleep, following a consistent sleep schedule, and limiting the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume.
Are you concerned that you or a family member may have narcolepsy? Call Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants at (803) 251-3093 to schedule an appointment.
Sleepwalking, formally known as somnambulism, is a sleep disorder associated with sitting up in bed, walking around, talking, or performing repetitive motions — all while sleeping. Many individuals who sleepwalk do not even realize they are doing it, which can leave them wondering why they feel fatigued and drowsy during the day. At Bogan Sleep Consultants, Dr. Richard Bogan is your Columbia, SC, sleep doctor for helping you sleepwalk less so you can achieve a more restful nights sleep.
Sleepwalking is more common in children than adults, but many adults do sleepwalk as well. Sleepwalking tends to occur one or two hours after falling asleep and during deep sleep cycles, although it can occur during other sleep cycles. Sleepwalking in adults can be triggered by a variety of factors, including poor sleep or certain medical conditions. Triggers for sleepwalking in adults include:
- An inconsistent sleep schedule
- Sleep deprivation
- Stress or anxiety
- Fever or illness
- Certain medications
- Sleep apnea or other sleep disorder
- Restless leg syndrome
- Head injuries
Treatment for sleepwalking begins by studying your sleep patterns to determine if other sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea, might be interfering with your sleep and contributing to the sleepwalking. Your Columbia, SC, sleep doctor will perform a sleep test, such as the polysomnogram, to study your sleep patterns. The test is performed in a comfortable and relaxing environment with the latest equipment. While you are sleeping, your brain waves, heart function, sleep patterns, and more will be observed.
The sleep study allows the doctor to gain an understanding of your particular sleep patterns and habits so a plan can be developed for treating the sleepwalking. In some cases, sleepwalking can be minimized by treating underlying sleep disorders or medical conditions, if there are any. The doctor might also prescribe a medication, such as a sedative to aid in sleeping or another medication to calm the brain. Certain medications can help you sleep better, which can help prevent sleepwalking.
Sleepwalking can leave you feeling tired and lethargic during the day. Participating in a sleep study can help your Columbia, SC, sleep doctor determine if your daytime sleepiness is due to sleepwalking or some other sleep disorder. For help with sleepwalking, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants by calling the sleep center at (803) 251-3093.