Posts for: August, 2021
Find out which sleep studies we perform and why they are performed.
Battling insomnia? Dealing with loud, chronic snoring? Worried you might have sleep apnea? If so, our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan can offer a definitive diagnosis. Of course, in order to find out what’s causing your sleep disturbances, we will need to ask you questions about your symptoms and go through your medical history before deciding which sleep study to perform. Here are the most common types of sleep studies we offer,
This is one of the most common studies that we perform to diagnose sleep apnea. Before the study can begin, the patient is hooked up to electrodes that they will wear while they are sleeping. The electrodes will be used to measure everything from heart rate and brain waves to respiration. Most patients will get their results within 7-10 days after their test. If this test comes back positive for sleep apnea, you’ll need a second test known as a titration study.
CPAP Titration Study
Again, our technicians will hook up the same electrodes to your body that they did for your polysomnogram, but this time we will also fit you with CPAP therapy that you will wear while you sleep. As you sleep, our Columbia, SC, sleep team will be able to monitor your respiration and airways and accommodate it by adjusting the air pressure within the CPAP face mask. This will help us figure out the appropriate amount of pressure needed to keep airways open so that you can do this from the comfort of your own home.
In some instances, we may be able to perform both the polysomnogram and the CPAP titration study in one night, but this will depend on certain factors of your polysomnogram. This is something that we can discuss further with you during your sleep consultation.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test
Do you find yourself feeling exhausted throughout the day? If so you could be dealing with narcolepsy or hypersomnia. A multiple sleep latency test is performed during the day and involves having patients take five 20-minutes naps, two hours apart. During the test, we will monitor how long it takes a patient to fall asleep, which will be determined through sensors that are placed on the head and face. If you have trouble staying awake during the day or feel exhausted despite getting good sleep, then an MSLT may be recommended by our Columbia, SC, sleep team.
If you are having trouble getting quality sleep night after night, a sleep disorder could be to blame. Find out what’s causing your issues by turning to our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Bogan for answers. Call Bogan Sleep Consultants at (803) 251-3093 to schedule a no-risk consultation.
Find out why sleepwalking happens and what you can do about it.
Sleepwalking, or somnambulism is a sleep disorder that is most common amongst children and causes a child or adult to walk and move around while sleeping. This problem most often occurs when a person is transitioning from deep sleep to light sleep or from deep sleep to waking. If you or your child is dealing with sleepwalking, our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan can certainly help.
What are the symptoms associated with sleepwalking?
It’s most typical for kids and adults to experience symptoms of sleepwalking within 1-2 hours after falling asleep. Sleepwalking episodes may be a regular occurrence or may only happen once in a while. A person who sleepwalks may,
- Get up and walk around
- Sit up in bed with their eyes open
- Not respond to others
- Be difficult to wake up
- Seem disoriented
- Not remember sleepwalking the next day
- Experience daytime fatigue the day after a sleepwalking episode
- Also have sleep terrors
It’s sometimes possible for people during sleepwalking episodes to eat, get dressed, drive a car, become violent or engage in sexual behavior. This is more common in adults.
What causes sleepwalking?
There are many factors that could play a role in whether someone sleepwalks, particularly genetics. Other factors include,
- Medical conditions such as nighttime asthma and GERD
- Certain drugs (e.g. sedatives; tranquilizers)
- Psychiatric disorders (e.g. PTSD; panic attacks)
When should I see a doctor?
If these sleepwalking episodes are a rare occurrence then you probably won’t need to see a sleep specialist; however, it’s probably time to turn to our Columbia, SC, sleep team if sleepwalking is,
- Occurring 1-2 times a week
- Leading to dangerous or injurious behaviors
- Resulting in extreme daytime fatigue or issues functioning throughout the day
- Only occurring now as an adult
- Continues into adolescence (for children)
If you are concerned about your child’s sleepwalking habits, then it’s the perfect time to turn to our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Bogan for answers. To schedule a consultation with our sleep team, call Bogan Sleep Consultants at (803) 251-3093.