Posts for: November, 2019
The sleep medicine specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, know plenty when it comes to pediatric sleep disorders. "Up to 50% of children will experience a sleep problem," according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Sleep disorders in children may be a consequence of:
- daytime sleepiness
- behavioral problems
- learning difficulties
- motor vehicle crashes in teenagers
- poor academic performance
But what is a pediatric sleep disorder?
Children or teenagers who experience disrupted sleep may suffer from cognitive and behavioral issues, unlike adults who experience daytime sleepiness. Disorders include sleep apnea, the repeated partial or complete blockage of breathing pathways during sleep.
Other types of sleep disorders include arousal disorders, snoring, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), Restless Legs Syndrome, insomnia, hypersomnia and nighttime sleep behaviors/Parasomnias.
So how do you treat your child's sleep?
- You need to have a structure for your child. Regular bedtime. Regular waking time. Weekends and weekday sleep and wake up schedules should be consistent as well, veering off by about only 30 minutes.
- Establish a bedtime routine: a bath and a bedtime story.
- Avoid giving your children food and beverages containing caffeine within six hours of their bedtime, and make sure the bedroom is dark, that the bedroom temperature is comfortable and avoid loud noises.
- Avoid large meals close to bedtime and make after-dinner playtime relaxing, instead of a stimulus-inducing time that will only make children more awake. This means no television, computer, mobile phone, radio, or music playing while the child is going to sleep.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding child sleep disorders, don't hesitate to contact Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, today.
Sleepwalking, somnambulism, is a behavior disorder that results in walking or performing behaviors while asleep. It is more common in children than adults, about 1% of pre-school children and 2% of school-aged children experience sleepwalking at least a few nights per week, according to the National Sleep Foundation's 2004 Sleep in America Poll.
Sleepwalking usually occurs while someone remains in a deep sleep and behaviors vary from simply sitting up in bed to walking around the room or house and leaving the house. A sleepwalker should be awakened, contrary to popular belief that waking a sleepwalker is dangerous.
Why do people sleepwalk?
Sleepwalking usually occurs when a person is sleep-deprived.
What are the symptoms of sleepwalking?
Sleepwalking may occur during lighter sleep stages and symptoms of sleepwalking include:
- Little or no memory of the event
- Difficulty waking up a sleepwalker
- Inappropriate behavior
- Screaming like in night terrors
If you are experiencing symptoms, you should talk to your Columbia sleep specialist, especially if you want to prevent injury and future sleepwalking episodes by way of controlling trigger symptoms like:
Is there a treatment for sleepwalking?
There is a treatment for sleepwalking but improving sleep hygiene may help. Sleep hygiene includes:
- Limiting daytime naps to 30 minutes.
- Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine near bedtime.
- Exercising to promote good quality sleep.
- Avoid food that can disrupt sleep.
- Ensuring adequate exposure to natural light.
- Establishing a regular relaxing bedtime routine.
- Making sure that the sleep environment is pleasant.
Other sleepwalking treatment options include pharmacological therapies.
If you have any questions regarding sleepwalking, how to treat it and how to diagnose it, then contact Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, today.
FAQs about Sleep Apnea
Nothing beats a good night's sleep for feeling refreshed, energetic and eager to start the day. But even if you set your alarm for a solid eight hours, you may wake up feeling unrested and irritable if you are struggling with sleep apnea.
A disorder that causes your breathing to halt periodically during slumber, sleep apnea can keep you from achieving a solid night's rest and cause a host of other health problems.
Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia is here to help you understand sleep apnea and experience your best night's sleep.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is when your breathing pauses for many seconds at a time repeatedly during the night.
What causes sleep apnea?
Physical traits can play a role in your risk of sleep apnea. A smaller airway in your throat, obesity, large neck circumference and jaw or chin size can be factors, and individuals of middle age or older may have an increased risk. You may also be more likely to have sleep apnea if your biological relatives do.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
- Inability to concentrate, irritability or depression caused by sleep deprivation
- Tiredness during the day
- Trouble with memory
- Falling asleep during the day
- Choking or gasping during your sleep
How will my Columbia sleep specialist diagnose if I have sleep apnea?
First, your specialist will likely ask about your sleep patterns and energy levels throughout the day. You may be asked to participate in an overnight sleep study, where your heart rate, muscle activity, blood oxygen levels, eye movement and airflow will be analyzed over the course of the night. By monitoring your slumber for several consecutive hours, a specialist can determine how severe your sleep apnea is and what is the best course of treatment.
What are the treatment options for sleep apnea?
The most common treatment device is a continuous positive airway pressure device, or CPAP machine, which uses a mask fitted over your nose and mouth to ensure a continuous wave of air to keep your airway open for the course of the night. A device to keep your jaw in proper alignment is another option.
You may also be asked to make lifestyle choices if your habits or weight are contributing to your sleep apnea. Maintaining a healthy weight and abstaining from alcohol and smoking are all important ways to lessen your risk.
If sleep apnea is keeping you from having sweet dreams, call Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia at 803-251-3093 today.