Conditions and Treatments: Sleep Disorders
The Sleep Disorders Center diagnoses and treats all sleep disorder or sleep-related symptoms, including:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This is a common problem that causes loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness. Treatment of sleep apnea is important because it may be associated with irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Find out more about sleep apnea, including nasal continuous positive pressure (CPAP) or call our nurse practitioner who specializes in sleep apnea and nasal CPAP at 434.243.9317.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Excessive daytime sleepiness is a frequent complaint with potentially severe consequences including impaired job performance, automobile accidents and a reduced ability to enjoy life. It's often thought to be caused by overwork or psychological problems, but daytime sleepiness can be a symptom of an several different medical disorders. Find out more about excessive daytime sleepiness.
Narcolepsy causes people to have excessive and overwhelming daytime sleepiness. People with narcolepsy may have recurrent attacks during the day. Find out more about narcolepsy.
Periodic Limb Movements and Restless Legs Syndrome
Periodic limb movement is a disease where people repeatedly jerk their legs or arms during sleep and wake themselves up. Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes unpleasant sensations in the legs described as creeping, crawling, tingling, pulling or painful. Both conditions can be treated. Find out more about RLS.
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep. This can lead to difficulty thinking and concentrating and poor daytime performance. There are many causes of insomnia, most of which can be treated. Find out more about insomnia.
Irregular Sleep-Wake Schedules
Jet lag and night or rotating shift work cause changes in the body's circadian rhythms and can lead to irritability, daytime sleepiness and depression. The Sleep Disorders Center can help you cope. Sleepwalking and moving, talking, screaming and other behaviors in sleep are frightening and may lead to injuries. Sleepwalking presents a danger of accidental injury and can be a sign of medical illness or psychological stress. Effective therapies are now available for most of these conditions.