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Do you have trouble staying awake during the day, even if you've had a good night's sleep? Narcolepsy, a chronic neurological disorder, may be to blame for your symptoms. Sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants offers treatment for narcolepsy and other sleep disorders in his Columbia, SC, office.
Is it general sleepiness or narcolepsy?
If you're tired because you didn't sleep well, you'll probably feel fatigued the entire day. Despite feeling a little sleepy, you'll still be able to function. If you have narcolepsy, sleepiness tends to occur suddenly. One minute, you're alert, the next you're overcome with an irresistible urge to sleep. In some cases, you may fall asleep in the middle of a conversation or while walking or driving.
Other symptoms of narcolepsy may include:
- Cataplexy: Cataplexy occurs when you lose control of your voluntary muscles. Episodes can be triggered by stress, laughter, anger or other strong emotions. The attacks only last a few seconds to a few minutes and may only cause minor weakness in some cases. If you have a severe attack, you may collapse due to your inability to control your muscles.
- Sleep Paralysis and Hallucinations: If you have sleep paralysis, you may experience temporary paralysis when you first drift off to sleep or wake up. Sleep paralysis can be accompanied by hallucinations.
- Insomnia: People who have narcolepsy may find it harder to stay asleep during the night or may suffer from periodic limb movements that make sleeping difficult.
How can a sleep doctor help me?
Your Columbia sleep doctor will review your symptoms and medical history and may recommend a few tests, such as a sleep study or a multiple sleep latency test, that will help him make a diagnosis. If you're diagnosed with narcolepsy, he may recommend medications that improve alertness, reduce drowsiness and control cataplexy. He may also recommend that you make a few changes to your lifestyle, such as taking naps at the times when you tend to fall asleep, following a consistent sleep schedule, and limiting the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume.
Are you concerned that you or a family member may have narcolepsy? Call Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants at (803) 251-3093 to schedule an appointment.
Could this sleep disorder be to blame for your extreme daytime exhaustion?
Do you find yourself falling asleep suddenly throughout the day? Are you hit with waves of intense and prolonged exhaustion more often than not? Sure, everything from caffeine crashes to poor sleep can lead us to feel really tired sometimes; however, if this has become the norm for you, our Columbia, SC, sleep specialist, Dr. Richard Bogan, is here to tell you more about narcolepsy and how to spot it.
Unfortunately, it’s reported that only about ¼ of people with narcolepsy have actually been diagnosed, which means that there are a lot of people with this sleep disorder that aren’t getting the proper treatment and care they need. How do you know if you have narcolepsy or not? Well, here are some of the warning signs:
- Severe and chronic daytime sleepiness
- Muscle weakness while awake (known as cataplexy)
- Sleep paralysis (being unable to move while asleep)
These symptoms can range in severity and most people with narcolepsy won’t experience all of these symptoms. If symptoms are mild, it’s easy for someone not to consider seeking medical attention even though they should. If you find yourself extremely tired throughout the day you may also find yourself dealing with intense mood swings, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, or lack of energy.
Narcolepsy symptoms tend to appear once someone is no longer active, such as when they are reading a book or relaxing on the couch watching TV. Those with narcolepsy often have trouble sleeping at night. You may find yourself having trouble falling asleep or you may not stay asleep, tossing and turning throughout the night.
A lot of these symptoms can be indicative of other conditions such as depression, a chronic health problem, or another sleep disorder, which is why it’s a good idea to seek an evaluation from our Columbia sleep doctor to find out if narcolepsy is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. We will go through your medical history, discuss your symptoms in detail and recommend that you undergo a daytime sleep study so that we can more thoroughly evaluate your sleep and wakefulness patterns.
Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, wants to help you get to the bottom of your sleep problems so that you can finally get the quality sleep you deserve. A good night’s sleep is possible and we can help. Call us today to schedule a sleep study with us.
When people talk about sleep disorders, they commonly refer to insomnia--not being able to go to sleep or stay asleep. But, did you know there are many other kinds of sleep problems? According to the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, individuals of all ages and walks of life suffer from over 100 different types of maladies that affect one's nightly rest, sleep cycles and more. Narcolepsy is one of them, and it's more common than you may realize. Dr. Richard K. Bogan diagnoses and treats narcolepsy in Columbia, SC, by helping patients live a more normal life.
What is narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder which causes unusual and untimely daytime sleepiness, paralysis during sleep and even hallucinations. Also, many narcoleptic people experience cataplexy, a paralysis of the limbs while awake due to a loss of the brain chemical called hypocretin.
If you think of a person with narcolepsy as someone who falls asleep suddenly during a workday, you'd be right, and you can imagine how the disorder impacts everyday life and relationships. In addition, the Narcolepsy Network says that 1 in 2,000 Americans suffer from the disorder and that environment, genetics and the immune system play a role in it.
At Bogan Sleep Consultants, people with narcolepsy find real help. Dr. Bogan is board-certified in sleep medicine, internal medicine, and pulmonary diseases. He expertly and compassionately assesses patients who come to his office in Columbia with symptoms of narcolepsy.
Dr. Bogan usually orders in-office sleep assessments to pinpoint the individual's specific issue. With suspected narcolepsy, the tests include:
- MSLT, or Multiple Sleep Latency Test in which the individual takes five 20-minute naps to determine how quickly he or she falls asleep
- Polysomnogram in which the patient's vital signs and muscular activity are monitored during a full night's sleep
Both tests are performed in a relaxed, homey environment at night right at Bogan Sleep Consultants. The procedures are painless and give Dr. Bogan concrete information on which to base his findings.
Living with narcolepsy
If you think you have narcolepsy, don't despair. Your Columbia doctor, Dr. Bogan, and his team are highly skilled in helping scores of individuals live well with the disorder. Therapy usually includes stimulant medications, counseling and behavior modifications.
These behavior modifications really benefit anyone seeking a better night's sleep and increased wakefulness during the day. They include:
- Going to bed at the same time each night
- Avoiding alcohol and tobacco, particularly before going to sleep
- Scheduling regular naps
- Getting out in the sunshine
- Taking regular exercise
Are you concerned about your sleepiness?
If so, please contact Bogan Sleep Consultants for an appointment with Dr. Bogan. He'll work with you to achieve the rest you deserve. Call (803) 251-3093 today.