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Having trouble catching those ZZZs? A sleep study could provide some helpful insight.
More often than not you probably hear someone complaining about not getting enough sleep. Maybe you wrestle with this issue yourself. While there are so many things that can affect the quality of our sleep, one thing is certain: there are countless people out there not getting the sleep they need to lead a healthy and productive life. Our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan wants you to finally get the sleep you deserve.
Who should visit a sleep specialist?
Sure, a couple nights of tossing and turning may not warrant visiting a sleep specialist in Columbia, SC; however, if your sleep problems are more frequent or are severely impacting your quality of life then it’s time to call us. It’s time to schedule an appointment with us if you regularly:
- Have trouble falling asleep
- Have trouble staying asleep
- Wake up in the morning with extreme exhaustion
- Find yourself unable to get through the day due to excessive tiredness
- Snore loudly or if a partner notices that you stop breathing in your sleep
Sometimes you may not even know that you are dealing with a sleep problem; however, if you don’t feel well rested when you wake up, even after the proper amount of sleep, then this is a warning sign that something might be going on that could be hampering the quality of your sleep. This is definitely worth investigating.
What are the different kinds of sleep tests?
There are several different kinds of sleep disorders, each with their own types of diagnostic sleep tests. When you come in for a consultation we will sit down with you and ask you questions about your symptoms. From there, we will be able to make conclusions about what could be causing your sleep issues. Common sleep disorders include:
- Sleep apnea
- Periodic limb movements of sleep
Common sleep tests that we perform right here at our Columbia, SC, facility include:
- Polysomnogram: This sleep test will study all of your vital signs, as well as muscle activity, brain waves and heart function while you are asleep.
- CPAP titration: This test is often used to diagnose sleep apnea
- Split-night polysomnogram: This is another test designed to diagnose sleep apnea and also determine the best course of CPAP treatment to improve your symptoms.
- Multiple sleep latency test: If you experience extreme daytime fatigue and sleepiness then this diagnostic test will often be performed. During this test, the patient will take several 20-minute naps over the course of a few hours to see how quickly you fall asleep.
Don’t spend another night tossing and turning. It’s time to find the answers you need to rest easier. Here in Columbia, SC, the team at Bogan Sleep Consultants will work with you to not just figure out what might be causing your sleep problems but also to help you manage them. We want to turn that dream of experiencing restorative sleep into reality.
Getting a full and restful night of sleep each night is essential to your ongoing good health. When there’s a problem, it can affect everything. At Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, Dr. Richard Bogan can conduct a sleep test to determine what may be ailing you. Learn more about the various sleep tests that can be conducted.
A sleep disorder is any issue that disrupts your ability to have a complete, deep restful sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours each night. A sleep disorder may cause you to wake up several times or more during the evening (sleep apnea) or prevent you from going to sleep altogether (insomnia). Narcolepsy (falling asleep at inappropriate times during the day) is also a concerning sleep disorder. Some people have problems sleeping because of pain (fibromyalgia and back pain).
Types of Sleep Tests
The team at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia can help determine what sleep disorder may be affecting you by conducting a sleep test. Here are a few of the most common tests:
- Polysomnogram (monitors brain waves and activities while you’re sleeping).
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test (measures how quickly you can go to sleep in a two-hour period).
- CPAP Titration (utilizes a CPAP machine to determine if the problem is related to sleep apnea; usually done after a Polysomnogram test).
- Self-Assessment Test (a form that helps you evaluate your sleep risk).
You need your sleep for good mental, emotional, and physical health. These are some of the most common treatments available for sleep disorders:
- CPAP machines to help regulate breathing while sleeping.
- Medication for anxiety, restlessness, and pain.
- Identification and treatment of underlying causes of the sleep disorder.
- Sleeping pills.
- Dental devices for sleep apnea.
Talk to a Sleep Consultant
The team at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC can help you with your sleep problems. The first step is to identify the specific problem using a sleep test. Call 803-251-3093 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bogan.