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By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
July 29, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Insomnia   Sleep   Stress  

How Does Stress Affect My Sleep?

Living with stress can severely impact our daily lives. It is true that many of us struggling with stress are likely already dealing with difficulties, the stressors themselves. To compound this there are the sleep problems that often result from stress and the very damaging effects that occur as a result. Problems with sleep could translate into sleep disorders and this is where your Columbia, SC, professionals, of Bogan Sleep Consultants, can help. They're who to turn to if you are wanting to know more about stress and sleep, and for help with diagnosing and treating common sleep disorders.

Stress and Insomnia

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that can be brought on by stress. It can affect our ability to remain asleep, to fall asleep when we want to, and the quality of our sleep. Stress can arise from a number of sources, commonly it's as a result of a life change, whether related to work or family, often due to loss. So it's important to address the source of stress whenever possible, but lack of sleep can make that task doubly difficult.

Why Sleep is Important

Not sleeping enough can negatively influence our lives in the daytime. Cognitive deficiencies are the most readily felt. Lack of sleep can cause problems with performing everyday tasks, even the simplest. It can affect our memory, further damaging our performance in work and life settings, and also our mood. Insomnia can also affect our immune system, putting us at risk of short-term illness and chronic conditions in the long run.

Insomnia Treatment in Columbia, SC

Stress can often be managed by lifestyle changes including exercise, diet, and by avoiding stressors as much as we can. In helping manage it and the resulting insomnia, your doctor can help.

If you experience recurring difficulty with sleeping about three times per week for about three months you are very likely suffering from insomnia. If you believe this is you it's time to schedule a consultation with the sleep experts at Bogan Sleep Consultants who have the means for diagnosing and treating a variety of sleep disorders, including insomnia. To schedule an appointment in Columbia, SC, dial (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
June 02, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Insomnia  

A good night's sleep is very important for everyone at any age, but it's especially so for teenagers and children as it can be crucial for their development. They need more of it than adults do. While lack of sleep can often be addressed by lifestyle changes, insomnia in children may be cause for concern and could require the intervention of a specialist. To learn more, reach out to your Columbia, SC, professionals of Bogan Sleep Consultants.

The Importance of Sleep

We tend to think of insomnia as a largely adult problem because it's our adult problems that often drive away sleep. But just a degree of self-reflection can remind us of the tumultuous times from our teenage years. Teenagers require between 9 and 10 hours of sleep every night, with younger children needing even more as a minimum.

A recurring problem with lack of sleep can contribute to difficulties concentrating, both at home and in the classroom, with irritability and depression, among other physical consequences. So it's important to treat insomnia early to avoid all these issues from compounding.

You can often help your child by adjusting their sleeping environment and habits. Both by setting up a bedtime as well as a wake time for them can benefit them even if they're older. Taking steps toward developing a nightly routine can be very beneficial as well, such as incorporating other healthy habits like brushing their teeth, reducing their intake of caffeinated drinks, and minimizing screen time when it's close to bedtime.

Insomnia Treatment in Columbia, SC

If traditional approaches don't help improve your child's sleep then they may be dealing with a sleep disorder, which means it is time to turn to a professional. Your doctor can help narrow down the medical reason why your child can't get enough sleep through interviews, examinations, and may suggest an overnight sleep test in the office to confirm any diagnosis. Our facilities combine advanced technology with a very home-like atmosphere to help your child relax and to analyze how their body reacts as they sleep.

Schedule an appointment today with the experts of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, by dialing (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
July 21, 2020
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Insomnia  

It's frustrating to lose a little bit of sleep, let alone lose complete control. If you're starting to label yourself as an "insomniac," then it's time to address the problem with Dr. Richard Bogan in our Columbia SC office.

Insomnia has many factors, such as stress, poor diet, anxiety, and others. When one suffers, the consequences can take a frightening toll on mental, physical, and psychological health. It can also increase a person's risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and other ailments. If your sleep quality is inferior, visit Bogan Sleep Consultants to get the quality of rest you deserve.

What Causes Insomnia?

Insomnia is often the result of a psychiatric or medical condition. Disruption in your circadian rhythm can result from eating a heavy meal before bed, frequent consumption of alcohol or caffeine, pregnancy, genetics, or an overactive mind. If you typically have trouble sleeping, be sure to speak about the possibilities with Dr. Bogan during your initial consultation in our Columbia SC office. He can determine what is contributing to the problem and recommend ways to help you overcome insomnia.

How to Overcome Insomnia

If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, there are ways to conquer insomnia by changing your habits. Try relaxation exercises to calm your body and prepare for rest. These can include breathing exercises, meditation, or guided imagery, like counting sheep for example.

For more severe cases, individuals may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy to discuss unhealthy fears or behaviors. They may also find relief from sleep aids or supplements like melatonin. Before you start treating insomnia yourself, visit the Bogan Sleep Consultants for an accurate diagnosis and guidance.

When to Visit a Sleep Consultant

Insomnia puts one at risk for increased medical conditions, accidents, mental health disorders, and even a shortened life expectancy. It's necessary to prioritize your sleep quality. If you do, you'll notice a drastic improvement in your mood and general lifestyle.

When you visit our Columbia SC office, Dr. Richard Bogan may recommend a sleep study, or a series of tests to reach a diagnosis. For more information about insomnia, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Bogan Sleep Consultants, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
February 18, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Insomnia  

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.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
January 10, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Insomnia  

How your sleep specialists in Columbia South Carolina, can help when you can’t sleep

If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, it could be just a temporary problem. It could also be something more serious. You could have insomnia, a condition that can dramatically affect your life. The sleep specialists Dr. Richard Bogan and Dr. Laura Herpel at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, South Carolina offer a full range of medical services to help you when you can’t sleep.

So, how do you know if you are suffering from insomnia? There are several identifiable signs and symptoms. You may have insomnia if you:

  • Frequently have trouble falling asleep at night
  • Frequently wake up during the night
  • Wake up too early most mornings
  • Don’t feel rested after sleeping at night
  • Feel groggy or sleepy during the day
  • Have problems concentrating or remembering things
  • Feel irritable, anxious, or depressed
  • Frequently worry about getting to sleep at night

If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms listed above, there are a few simple remedies you can try. Consider:

  • Having a set wake-up and sleep time every day
  • Staying active and exercising most days of the week
  • Checking your medications for side-effects
  • Discussing changing medications with your doctor
  • Avoiding taking naps or taking only short naps
  • Avoiding caffeine and nicotine products, and alcohol
  • Avoiding eating a meal before bed

Your bedroom should be a calming, soothing, relaxing place, designed to help you get to sleep at night and stay asleep. You should avoid having a television in your bedroom or any other device with a blue screen because this can disrupt your sleep.

You should also have a bedtime ritual that will help your body adjust and know it’s time for sleep. Warm baths, listening to calming music, or reading can all help you get to sleep.

Don’t let insomnia ruin your days and nights. Your sleep specialists can help you get to sleep and stay asleep. To find out more about insomnia and treatment for other sleep disorders, call the sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, South Carolina today.