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By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
March 22, 2021
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep Study  

Are you dealing with a sleep disorder? A sleep study will be able to tell you.

While a bad night of sleep can certainly be miserable, it’s something that everyone will deal with. The important thing is that you are getting quality sleep the rest of the time. It’s also important to recognize when your restlessness, daytime fatigue, and other symptoms could be signs of an underlying sleep problem. In this case, it’s prudent to turn to your Columbia, SC, sleep doctors for a sleep test if you are dealing with the following symptoms:


Having a cold can lead to a rather unpleasant night of snoring. However, if your partner complains that you snore regularly or that your snoring is incredibly loud, this could be a sign of sleep apnea. Snoring often goes overlooked but it’s important that it doesn’t. Even if snoring isn’t caused by sleep apnea, this nocturnal noise could cause you to deal with poor, restless, and unfulfilling sleep night after night.

Extreme Fatigue

Do you wake up feeling exhausted and unrefreshed despite getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep? Do you find yourself needing a nap midday or having trouble keeping your eyes open after lunch? If so, this lingering exhaustion could be a sign that you’re not getting good quality sleep and that a sleep disorder could be to blame. If you’re getting a full night’s rest but you still don’t feel energized and alert during the day, it’s time to see a sleep specialist to find out why.

Brain Fog

Do you find yourself having trouble focusing or staying on task? Do you often forget what you were doing? If concentration and memory seem to be eluding you it could be a sign of sleep apnea. The good news is that brain fog, poor concentration, and memory issues associated with sleep apnea often go away once a patient starts using CPAP treatment.


While all of us will have trouble falling or staying asleep at some point, this shouldn’t be something you deal with regularly. If you find yourself having trouble falling asleep, or if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep, and this problem persists for more than two weeks it’s time to talk with our Columbia, SC, sleep doctors.

If you are dealing with warning signs of a sleep disorder, it’s important that you turn to a sleep specialist that can diagnose and treat your condition to help you get better sleep. To schedule a sleep study with our Columbia, SC, sleep doctors, call Bogan Sleep Consultants today at (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
February 09, 2021
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep Schedule  

Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, can help if you're concerned about the quality of your sleep.

Sleep is a necessity for everyone, but our needs change with age. We start life needing more sleep than anything else - the average baby sleeps more than fourteen hours a day! Including naps, a typical child can sleep 10 to 12 hours a day. By the time we hit teenage years, most people have settled into a pattern of 7 to 9 hours a night on average.

As you age into an older adult we need about the same amount of sleep, but it's normal to have more trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. As we age we produce less growth hormone, the substance that helps developing children sleep so deeply. Older adults also produce less melatonin, a hormone that controls sleep. Stress takes a cumulative toll on us as we age, and all these factors mean we don't sleep as deeply or as much. Many seniors are only getting 6 to 7 hours a night. If you are getting even less, it's time to call Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC.

Sleep as a process cycles through multiple stages multiple times a night, and a good night's sleep is actually made up of four or five sleep cycles. Periods of shallow, dreamless sleep are followed by a deep, dreaming state known as rapid eye movement or REM sleep. As deeper sleep becomes harder to achieve, we spend more time in the shallow stages of sleep when it is much easier to wake up.

While the kind of sleep you're getting changes as you age, this can come along with changes in your sleeping schedule. Because our circadian rhythms change as we age, many seniors experience the transition from a 'night owl' to an 'early bird." The reason for this change isn't completely understood but it is normal for seniors. Another change seniors experience is needing afternoon naps. Naps aren't bad for you, but sleeping too much during the day will only cause more problems at night.

Insomnia can happen to anyone but is more common in older adults. If you are having trouble sleeping, contact Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC. Give us a call at (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
January 29, 2021
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep   Sleep Hygiene  

Quality sleep is key to maintaining good mental and physical health. Here’s how to improve your sleep.

Sadly, people treat sleep like a luxury these days, but bad sleep impacts every facet of our health and life. You may notice that after a bad night’s sleep you’re more irritable, prone to mood swings and you eat everything in sight. So, it’s not surprising that bad sleep could also be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. While some people are dealing with true sleep disorders that impact their ability to get proper, restorative sleep, our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor Dr. Richard Bogan also sees people who simply have bad sleep hygiene. Luckily, with a little dedication, this is a fairly easy fix.

Why is good sleep so important?

Even just one bad night of sleep can cause insulin resistance, increasing our risk for obesity and diabetes. Poor sleep is also linked to mood disorders, weakened immune systems and heart disease. Unfortunately, some people deal with sleep problems such as sleep apnea, which causes oxygen deprivation and restless sleep.

This poor sleep leads to imbalances in blood sugar, insatiable hunger and cravings, all of which can increase a person’s risk for hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Simply put, bad sleep is a serious problem. If you suspect that you might have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, it’s important to turn to our Columbia, SC, “dream team’ to find out.

How much sleep do I need to get each night?

The National Sleep Foundation states that adults should get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. This also includes individuals over 65 years old. You may find that you feel great after just 7 hours of sleep while others may need a full 9 hours to wake up feeling refreshed. This may take some trial and error, but you’ll soon be able to tell just how much sleep you’ll need to feel your best.

What is good sleep hygiene?

We see a lot of bad sleep habits here in our office. Some of the ways in which you can instantly get better and deeper sleep is by,

  • Getting on a consistent sleep schedule, which means going to bed and getting up at the same time every day (yes, even on weekends)
  • Turning off electronics (including cell phones) at least 30 minutes before bedtime, but ideally 2 hours before bed (blue light suppresses melatonin, which can keep you awake)
  • Make sure that you are getting at least 20 minutes of sunlight each day to help you brain regulate sleep cycles
  • Find ways to manage stress, whether through meditation, yoga, light stretching or journaling
  • Consider taking supplements such as melatonin, magnesium or valerian root before bed

If you are having trouble falling asleep or you wake up in the middle of the night, you may wish to turn to Dr. Bogan and his team of sleep specialists in Columbia, SC. To schedule a sleep consultation with the team at Bogan Sleep Consultants, call (803) 251-3093.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
November 10, 2020
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep Tests  

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,

Polysomnogram (PSG)

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)
  • Narcolepsy

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).

CPAP Titration

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.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
October 21, 2020
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep Disorders  

Sleep disorders disrupt our everyday functions and vary from suddenly falling asleep, like narcolepsy, to hardly being able to sleep at all, like insomnia. Dr. Richard Bogan or Bongan Sleep Consultants, specializes in treating sleep disorders at his Columbia, SC, office.

Here are common sleep disorders and a few treatment options:

  1. Snoring, one of the most common sleeping disorders, is when soft tissue blocks airway passages while a person sleeps. Treatment options include using an oral appliance, like a CPAP machine, to keep air passages open. Take into consideration that snoring can be an indicator of a bigger underlying disorder.

  2. Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing while sleeping. intermittent cessation of breathing during sleep. These episodes lead to oxygen reduction in the blood. The obstruction in breathing requires a CPAP machine, like snoring, to keep air passages open.

  3. Insomnia, another common sleep disorder, is when someone has difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. If the condition occurs multiple times a week for three months, it is chronic insomnia and requires treatment, like sleeping pills and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI).

  4. Narcolepsy is the opposite of insomnia. They have a hard time staying awake for too long because of low levels of a neurochemical hypocretin. There's no cure but there are ways to manage by adopting good sleeping habits, avoid allergy medicine and/or use prescribed medication.

  5. Sleep paralysis is when a person is unable to move their body when waking up. They can't speak or move for a few seconds, and the preferred treatment options your Columbia doctor may use includes counseling and medication.

  6. Chronic fatigue syndrome is prolonged fatigue that does not subside even after full rest. It can be a result of a viral infection, psychological stress, or a combination of factors. Treatment helps manage or relieve symptoms.

Do you need to speak with a doctor?

Dr. Richard Bogan at Bogan Consultants in Columbia, SC, can help. Just give him a call at (803) 251-3093 for more information.