Posts for: January, 2019
Are you tired during the day? Have you started experiencing insomnia? Is your spouse complaining that your legs move for prolonged periods of time while you are sleeping? These symptoms could indicate a syndrome called Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep, or PLMS. Dr. Richard Bogan, a sleep doctor at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, uncovers this puzzling problem and can help you rest more peacefully.
The details on PLMS
The Sleep Health Foundation reports that 40 percent of adults ages 65 and over in the US exhibit symptoms of Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep. Both men and women are affected by this often unreported health issue, even though sufferers, and their spouses, often have daytime fatigue and insomnia otherwise unexplained by another health problem.
What does PLMS look like?
PLMS consists of odd leg movements while a person is in light REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep. Lower legs twitch, and the big toe, ankle, knee and even hip may suddenly and repeatedly flex. Many people with PLMS have no idea they are moving so much as they sleep; however, whoever sleeps with the individual certainly notices and suffers interrupted sleep.
No one really knows why PLMS happens. Restless Leg Syndrome sometimes accompanies it, along with the very common sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
If you believe you may have PLMS, please contact your sleep doctor at his Columbia, SC. Bogan Sleep Consultants features a fully-equipped, state of the art sleep lab. Dr. Bogan uses these high-tech facilities to conduct monitored sleep studies which can pinpoint a person's sleep patterns.
A common diagnostic test for sleep disorders, such as PLMS, is a polysomnogram. Conducted in a comfortable, bedroom-like setting at Bogan Sleep Consultants, this test monitors bodily movements, breathing, heart rate, brain waves and more. With the collected information, Dr. Bogan can make a definitive diagnosis and suggest ways to improve your sleep cycle.
Your sleep doctor also may recommend your primary care physician give you a complete physical examination to rule out any medical reason for your PLMS. Anemia, diabetes and kidney disease have been implicated in many sleep disorders, including Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep.
Barring any underlying medical problem, Dr. Bogan often suggests limiting all forms of caffeine. He may prescribe medications such as:
- Dopamine agonists
Proper sleep is so important to your overall health and sense of well-being. If you think you may have PLMS, sleep apnea or other sleep disorder, please contact Bogan Sleep Consultants for a personal consultation with Dr. Richard Bogan. Call the office at (803) 251-3093.
Chronic insomnia is a condition that affects 10 percent of Americans according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and it is related to a number of other health conditions. If you’re having problems sleeping, it’s not a problem that you shouldn't ignore or minimize. It can have a negative effect on how you feel and operate in your waking and working hours. Get help dealing with insomnia from a sleep doctor at Bogan Sleep Consultants, in Columbia, SC.
What Is Insomnia?
Insomnia is the term used to describe the frequent inability to fall asleep and stay asleep for the normal period of rest. Insomniacs often find themselves fully awake and alert at the times when they should be sleeping for at least six to eight hours. Insomnia can last for days or even weeks, and because sleep is required for good health, it can cause other issues. Lack of sleep can cause memory problems, inability to concentrate, mood disturbances, and it can also disrupt your performance at work.
What Causes Insomnia?
Insomnia almost always has an identifiable cause that can be successfully treated by your Columbia, SC sleep doctor. These are some of the common causes of insomnia:
- Stress and worry.
- Depression and anxiety.
- Taking certain medications can cause sleeplessness.
- Eating certain foods or drinking caffeinated beverages before bedtime.
- Exposure to technology that causes a distraction, such as a cellphone or television screen.
Help from a Sleep Doctor
A sleep doctor is a physician who specializes in helping patients achieve better sleeping patterns. These are some of the ways a sleep doctor may be able to help you resolve your insomnia:
- Sleep tests (may include a Polysomnogram, Split-Night PSG, or Multiple Sleep Latency Test MSLT).
- Sleep aids (medication).
- Recommendation for diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues, which may include cognitive behavioral therapy.
Get the Sleep You Need
If you’re dealing with insomnia, a sleep doctor at Bogan Sleep Consultants, in Columbia, SC can help you get the sleep that you need to function properly throughout your day. Call (803) 765-9461 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Bogan or Dr. Laura Herpel.
Is your child sleepy during the day? Is he having nightmares or just cannot fall asleep? Do her siblings complain about her loud snoring? These signs and more could indicate a childhood sleep disorder. At Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, sleep doctors, Dr. Richard Bogan and Dr. Laura Herpel, treat patients of all ages, uncovering the reasons for problematic sleep patterns and helping to formulate a workable treatment plan.
Signs of a childhood sleep disorder
As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. You know when he or she is not getting a restful night's sleep because you notice signs such as:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
- Daytime irritability, behavioral issues and even learning problems
- Periodic breathing cessation (sleep apnea)
- Loud and persistent snoring
- Restlessness (including random leg movements while asleep)
- Sleep walking and sleep talking
- Night terrors (instances of fear, flailing movements and yelling)
Unfortunately, up to 50 percent of school age children experience some kind of sleep disorder to one degree or other, reports American Family Physician. These problems not only impact the child but the rest of the family as well.
What you should do
Always report concerns such as sleep disruption to your child's pediatrician. While some sleep issues may be purely developmental in nature, others may be related to allergies, asthma, large tonsils and adenoids, obesity and other chronic health problems. Your child should have a complete physical to rule out serious issues. Also, your pediatrician may recommend referral to a sleep doctor, such as Dr. Bogan and Dr. Herpel, in Columbia, SC, for in-office analysis of potential sleep disorders.
Bogan Sleep Consultants has a fully equipped sleep testing lab to monitor signs of sleep disruption and gather the data needed to confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome or other problems. From there, the doctor will outline a treatment plan specific to your child's needs.
In addition, these experts in sleep patterns recommend at-home strategies to help establish good sleep hygiene and encourage the healthy, complete rest for your child:
- Establish a regular bedtime, including baths/showers and oral hygiene routines.
- Create a calm, quiet routine, starting about one hour before bedtime.
- Avoid meals and snacks before bed, particularly anything sugary or containing caffeine.
- Turn off phones, TV, computers and music.
- Dim or turn off lights.
If you're concerned about the quality of your child's sleep, please contact our office for an appointment. At Bogan Sleep Consultants, we are committed to your child's rest, well-being and health. Call your sleep doctor today at (803) 251-3093.