Posts for: February, 2020
How a sleep study from your sleep specialists in Columbia, South Carolina can help you.
Sleep specialists conduct a sleep study to determine if you have a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can wreak havoc on your body and mind, causing a variety of medical problems, memory problems, and other issues. The sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, South Carolina are experts at conducting sleep testing and diagnosing sleep disorders.
Getting a restful night of sleep is vital to your health. Sleeping is a chance for your body to renew itself, restoring the harmony and function of your body systems. Too often, a restful sleep is difficult to obtain due to stress, caffeine, environment, and other factors. If you are unable to sleep well, a sleep study is the first step to find out why.
Sleep studies are recommended for a variety of reasons. They are useful in order to diagnose conditions like these:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
A sleep study records many body functions including muscle tone, heart rate, respiration, airflow, and oxygen saturation to check for breathing problems. A sleep study also records EEG activity, and eye movements to determine stages of sleep, how long it takes you to fall asleep, and when you experience rapid eye movement or REM sleep. Your sleep study may be recorded in order to document how you sleep. In addition, your sleep specialist may ask you to keep a sleep diary.
You should consider having a sleep study if you notice:
- Loud, frequent snoring
- A gasping, choking feeling when you wake up
- Not feeling refreshed after a night of sleep
- Headaches and a sore throat most mornings
- Grogginess, sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating
A sleep study is a vital tool in diagnosing whether you have a sleep disorder. Early diagnosis can lead to early treatment, which can help restore your ability to sleep. To find out more about a sleep study and how it can help you, call the sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, South Carolina today.
The American Psychiatric Association states that among all sleep disorders, insomnia is the most common. Approximately 1/3 of adults experience symptoms of insomnia. However, up to 10% of adults experience severe symptoms that are enough to warrant a diagnosis of insomnia. Here at our clinic, Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, Dr. Richard Bogan can look at your symptoms, verify whether you have insomnia, and recommend the best treatment plan unique to your needs.
What Is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which a person has difficulty staying asleep or falling asleep. In general, doctors could make an insomnia diagnosis if the following criteria apply:
- Difficulty sleeping and/or remaining asleep at least three nights weekly in a span of three or more months.
- Sleeping issues that cause functional difficulties or major distress in an individual’s daily life.
What Are the Symptoms of Insomnia?
Those who suffer from insomnia typically report one or more of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty remaining asleep
- Waking up unrefreshed
- Waking up too early
Left unaddressed, these symptoms could cause other symptoms such as irritability, mood changes, and fatigue. In most cases, people also find it very difficult to concentrate on their daily activities.
What Causes Insomnia?
Generally speaking, the cause of insomnia will vary from one person to another, but will largely depend on your specific symptoms and if you have short-term or chronic insomnia. For instance, short-term insomnia could be due to stress, changes to your normal sleeping habits, or a traumatic incident. On the other hand, chronic insomnia persists for more than three months and is typically a result of some physical and/or mental issue such as:
- Health conditions that make it difficult for a person to sleep such as back pain or arthritis
- Substance abuse
- Psychological problems including depression or anxiety
What Are the Treatment Options for Insomnia?
Here at our clinic in Columbia, SC, Dr. Richard Bogan can recommend non-pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical insomnia treatments. Do note though that depending on the severity of your case and your response to the treatment plan, you may have to try different treatment options before determining the most effective one for you. If you have an underlying medical or psychological condition that’s causing your insomnia, you also need to seek proper treatment for it.
In most cases, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and/or sleep hygiene training is recommended for treating insomnia. These help with behaviors that affect sleep and cause insomnia. Suggested modifications include not exercising, avoiding caffeinated drinks before bedtime, and reducing or eliminating time spent watching TV or using your smartphone or tablet near bedtime.
Let Your Columbia, SC, Sleep Doctor Help You
Call us now at (803) 251-3093 to schedule your consultation at Bogan Sleep Consultants, Columbia, SC. Dr. Richard Bogan will help you explore all potential causes and create a treatment plan suited to your needs.
Concerned about your quality of sleep or lack thereof? You may be suffering from a sleep disorder. But how will you know if you have a sleep disorder and what exact disorder you have? Here at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, Dr. Richard Bogan can conduct different tests to ensure that you get the right diagnosis. One of these tests is the multiple sleep latency test or MSLT.
What to Expect During a Multiple Sleep Latency Test
The MSLT, also called nap study, is specifically designed for testing excessive sleepiness during the day and is typically conducted directly after a PSG or polysomnography. This is an overnight sleep test used for monitoring sleep stages and cycles. Specifically, an MSLT is used for measuring how long it will take a person to fall asleep during the daytime.
This sleep test lasts the whole day and involves five naps that are scheduled every two hours. If you manage to fall asleep, you will be awakened after 15 minutes of sleep. Otherwise, if you fail to fall asleep, the nap will end in 20 minutes. To determine if you’ve fallen asleep, are in rapid eye movement or REM sleep, or are awake, sensors will be attached to your face and head. Usually, audio and video of all naps are recorded. The following will also be closely monitored:
- breathing and oxygen levels
- the brain’s electrical activity through EEG or electroencephalogram
- Your eye movements
- The heart’s electrical activity through EKG or electrocardiogram
- Extremity movements
Ideal Candidates for the Multiple Sleep Latency Test
If you constantly feel sleepy during the daytime when you know you shouldn’t be or often find yourself sleepy when others are not, like while driving or at work, you might be an ideal candidate for the MSLT. The best way to determine your eligibility, however, is to come in for a consultation here at our Columbia, SC, clinic, so that Dr. Richard Bogan can figure out if an MSLT or other sleep test is best for your circumstances.
Likewise, doctors also usually recommend the MSLT for people who they suspect have narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness while idiopathic insomnia is a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness without a known cause.
Worried that you’re not getting enough sleep?
Falling asleep when you’re supposed to be awake comes with negative consequences. Specifically, when you’re driving your vehicle or when you’re at work. Call (803) 251-3093 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Richard Bogan here at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC.