Posts for: November, 2020
Know more about the sleep tests we often perform and why they are used.
You’ve been having trouble falling or staying asleep for weeks now and it’s taking a toll on everything from your work to your personal life. While we will all experience bouts of bad sleep, when sleep disturbances become frequent it might be a sign that it’s time to turn to our Columbia, SC, sleep doctors for answers. While we will go through your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms, we will still need to do a sleep study to confirm the type of sleep disorder you may be dealing with.
However, the symptoms you share with us will shed light on which types of sleep studies we will need to perform. Here are the most common types of sleep studies,
This overnight sleep study analyzes all aspects of the sleep cycle and measures breathing, muscle and brain activity as well as body positioning and eye movement to look for common sleep disturbances including,
- Obstructive and central sleep apnea
- REM sleep behavior disorder
- Circadian rhythm disorders
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
Specialized Polysomnogram (PSG)
We can also customize a standard PSG procedure to rule out certain disorders or to make a definitive diagnosis. This specialized PSG may include adding on an EEG test to diagnose seizures or carbon dioxide monitoring for those with possible sleep apnea.
Multiple Latency Sleep Test (MSLT)
If you find yourself dealing with excessive daytime exhaustion, our Columbia, SC, sleep specialists may recommend undergoing a multiple latency sleep test, also nicknamed a “nap study”, which analyzes how quickly you fall asleep and can be helpful for diagnosing narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia (extreme sleepiness that has no cause).
If your sleep doctor believes that you might have a sleep-based breathing disorder such as obstructive or central sleep apnea, then a CPAP titration study may be performed overnight to monitor breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate and brain waves to look for any possible upper airway blockages that could cause pauses in breathing throughout the night. This study is often recommended for people with sleep apnea as they begin sleep apnea CPAP treatment to see if current treatment levels are effective.
If you are tossing and turning at night or battling bouts of insomnia, it might be time to talk to a sleep specialist here in Columbia, SC. Call Bogan Sleep Consultants today at (803) 251-3093 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Bogan.
What is sleepwalking and is there a way to stop this from happening to you or a child?
Sleepwalking is actually a fairly common disorder in children; however, it is possible for adults to sleepwalk, too. The problem is that these evening antics wandering around the house can lead to injury or it may be a warning sign to our Columbia, SC, sleep physicians that you could have an underlying medical condition that’s causing this problem.
If you have a family of sleepwalkers, then you may also be more likely to sleepwalk yourself. Of course, there are certain lifestyle factors that can make it more likely for you to sleepwalk. Those on nightshift or weird sleep schedules, as well as those who take certain medications (e.g. sedatives; stimulants) or are under the influence of alcohol may be prone to sleepwalking.
Of course, sleepwalking is also more likely in those with these medical problems,
- Heart rhythm disorders
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Restless leg syndrome
- Anxiety disorders
Seeing a Sleep Specialist
If you are suddenly dealing with a bout of sleepwalking, this warrants visiting a sleep specialist. After all, certain conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea require additional treatment to prevent potentially serious health complications down the road. By determining the cause of your sleepwalking, we can also make sure that you get the care you need.
When you come into our office, we will ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing. From there, we may recommend certain tests such as a sleep study to confirm sleepwalking.
If you or a loved one experiences minor bouts of sleepwalking that occur infrequently then treatment may not be necessary; however, there are several ways to manage your sleepwalking. For one, it’s important to eliminate any potential risks in the house that could cause a sleepwalker to fall, trip or get hurt.
If any underlying medical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea is to blame, our sleep specialists here at Bogan Sleep Consultants can provide you with the proper medication and treatment options to improve the underlying medical condition. This in turn should improve your sleepwalking.
Other treatment options include,
- Talking with your doctor about any medications you are currently taking to see if they could be causing your symptoms
- Antidepressants and even melatonin
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy to alleviate stress, which can improve stress-induced sleepwalking
- Altering and improving your current sleep habits (making sure you are getting enough sleep and that you are going to bed at the same time every night)
Do you have questions about sleepwalking? If you are concerned about your current sleep habits or are having trouble with your sleep, turn to our sleep specialist Dr. Richard Bogan in Columbia, SC, for a better night’s sleep. Call Bogan Sleep Consultants today at (803) 251-3093.