Sleep Disorders We Treat
At UVA, we can diagnose and treat all sleep disorder or sleep-related symptoms.
Sleep apnea causes loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness. It can also 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, 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
- Moderate to severe sleep apnea
- Tried multiple times to use a CPAP machine
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 & 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.
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. 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.