Posts for: October, 2020
At Bogan Sleep Consultants, Dr. Richard Bogan of Columbia, SC, helps with patients dealing with sleeping disorders, including narcolepsy, a chronic sleep disorder that causes daytime drowsiness and sudden sleep attacks.
"An estimated 50 to 70 million adults in the United States suffer from a chronic sleep or wakefulness disorder, which can impair functioning and increase the risk of injury and various chronic conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease." according to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
More About Narcolepsy
Narcoleptics have a hard time staying awake for too long. People may collapse into a sleep attack because of loss of muscle tone, which is referred to as type 1 narcolepsy and is triggered by strong emotion. People with type 2 narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness but don't suffer from muscle weakness triggered by emotions.
The normal process of sleeping is when people gradually move from one phase to another, until they reach REM sleep (rapid eye movement sleep). In narcolepsy, people suddenly enter REM sleep without first experiencing other sleep phases.
How to Manage Narcolepsy
Symptoms of narcolepsy include: excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden loss of muscle tone, sleep paralysis, changes in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and hallucinations.
Narcolepsy is a chronic condition that has no cure but can be managed through medicine and strategic lifestyle changes.
- Good sleeping habits, like frequent and brief naps, and sticking to a strict bedtime routine can help.
- Avoid taking allergy medicine that has drowsiness listed as a side effect.
- A specialist may prescribe certain medications.
What are the causes?
People with type 1 narcolepsy have low levels of a neurochemical called hypocretin that helps regulate wakefulness and REM sleep. People who suffer from type 2 narcolepsy have particularly low levels of hypocretin. The cause of low levels of hypocretin is unknown but experts suspect it's due to an autoimmune reaction, genetics play a role in the development of narcolepsy.
Some risk factors that contribute to narcolepsy are age (typically begins between the ages of 10 and 30), and family history.
Need to speak with your Columbia doctor?
Sleep disorders disrupt everyday activities and require proper medical attention from Bogan Sleep Consultants. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Bogan in Columbia, SC, call his office at (803) 251-3093.
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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Should I Take Melatonin for My Sleeping Problems?
Melatonin supplements can seem like the most natural solution to your sleep problems. But before you decide to take on any treatment on your own you should learn more about it, and preferably get in contact with a specialist on sleep. Such as Dr. Richard Bogan of the practice, Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC.
What Is Melatonin?
Melatonin occurs naturally in your body.
In the middle of your brain, a small gland controls the release of it into your bloodstream. It is typically activated by the coming of night.
During this time, the melatonin coursing through your body reduces your alertness, making sleep an easier task. In the daytime, melatonin is barely present.
So it can appear to correlate that melatonin can alleviate some sleeping problems.
Does It Help?
People who work night shifts, and those suffering from jet lag have shown positive results from melatonin supplements.
Some who suffer from insomnia have also reported improvement to their sleep. But the results from most studies on the subject have shown no benefit against the placebo.
The most common concern is that in America the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not treat melatonin supplements as a drug. So the advertised dosage may not always be accurate.
Too much melatonin in your system could have adverse effects on your biological clock.
So it's advisable that you consult with your doctor before resorting to melatonin on your own. As with all supplements you need to know that it will not conflict with your prescriptions or if you'll have an allergic reaction.
It is also not recommended for older people or pregnant or breastfeeding women, as there isn't enough research about the effects in these cases.
Treatment for Sleep Problems in Columbia, SC
A good night of sleep is critical to your day, to your life. Don't suffer one more night, make an appointment with Dr. Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, by dialing (803) 251-3093.