Sleep Disorders We Treat
The Sleep Disorders Center diagnoses and treats all sleep disorder or sleep-related symptoms, including:
Sleep apnea causes loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness and can put you at risk for other health problems, like an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Find out more about the symptoms and risks of sleep apnea.
CPAP & CPAP Alternatives
Doctors most commonly treat sleep apnea by encouraging the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.
Sleep apnea treatment is not just one-size-fits-all. At UVA, your sleep disorder will be evaluated thoroughly. We'll get to the root of the problem and help you find the best solution that works for you, including:
- Dental appliances
- Surgical options
- Behavioral changes
New: Having Trouble Using a CPAP Machine?We are the first place in central Virginia to offer Inspire, a new upper airway stimulator that works like a pacemaker. Implanted under your skin, this device monitors your sleep and sends gentle signals to your body to keep you breathing. You could be eligible if you have:
- Moderate to severe sleep apnea
- Tried multiple times to use a CPAP machine
Is Inspire Right for You?Make an appointment at the Pulmonary Clinic by calling 434.982.0407.
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 several different medical disorders.
Narcolepsy causes people to have excessive and overwhelming daytime sleepiness. People with narcolepsy may have recurrent attacks during the day.
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.
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.