Sleep disorders refer to changes in sleep patterns that can affect the amount, timing and quality of sleep someone receives. They can also be related to mental health issues. Common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy.
Sleep medicine in Virginia
We diagnose and treat your condition to help you sleep better.
Proper rest is key to having good focus, energy and overall health. HCA Virginia Health System's sleep specialists evaluate chronic sleep problems to find the cause. Then, we create a tailored treatment plan. Our goal is the same as yours: getting you the restful sleep you deserve.
Sleep disorders we treat
We treat many sleep disorders and symptoms of sleep disorders, including:
- Daytime irritability
- Daytime sleepiness
- Impaired memory
- Inability to concentrate
- Inability to fall asleep
- Limited attention
- Loud snoring
- Morning headaches
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
- Sleep apnea
Specialty sleep services we offer
Without good sleep, you're not your best. Poor sleep is a health issue, especially if it has lasted for some time. Our doctors work to get you a good night's sleep.
Understanding sleep disorders
Although it's common to have trouble sleeping from time to time, persistent problems lasting weeks or months could indicate a sleep disorder. A sleep disorder is a chronic health condition that prevents you from getting the proper rest needed for good health. In fact, sleep loss increases your risk of chronic health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, depression and heart disease.
Diagnosing with sleep studies
Our specialists begin your treatment with a sleep study. Our diagnostic test is an overnight evaluation at one of our sleep clinics. During your sleep study, we continuously monitor your:
- Brain activity
- Breathing depth and pattern
- Eye and muscle movements
- Heart rate
- Red blood cell oxygen levels
- Sleep stages
Treatments and services we offer
Sleep doctors at our network treat sleep conditions using a multidisciplinary approach, consulting other specialists as needed. Medical specialties involved in sleep medicine include neurology, psychiatry and respiratory specialists. Together, these doctors offer treatments that include:
- Medications — such as over-the-counter sleeping aids, prescription drugs and hormone therapy
- Lifestyle changes — such as counseling, nutrition and exercise programs to restore your natural sleep cycles
- Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) — a mask and pressurized air to treat sleep problems caused by airway restrictions
- Surgery — procedures, such as nasal passage surgery and a tonsillectomy, to help open the airway
Referrals to our sleep doctors
If you think you may have a sleep disorder, please talk to your primary care doctor about a referral to one of our sleep centers.