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Sleep Medicine

If you often find yourself wide awake in the wee hours, you're not alone. Nearly two-thirds of American adults experience regular sleep disruptions. Get a better night's rest with help from the sleep medicine team at Virginia Hospital Center.

Signs You May Have a Sleep Problem

Talk to your doctor if you experience:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Discomfort in your legs when lying down
  • Headaches
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Snoring
  • Unusual tiredness or difficulty staying awake during the day
  • Urge to move your legs while lying down

Common Sleep Disorders

Find diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of sleep disorders, including:

  • Insomnia – Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS) – Pins-and-needles sensation and an irresistible urge to move your legs while lying down
  • Sleep apnea – Interrupted breathing during sleep

Why is Sleep Important?

Sleep needs vary, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Good sleep is important for your overall health and well-being. When you don't get enough sleep, you increase your risk for:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Kidney failure
  • Low libido
  • Memory problems and other cognitive difficulties
  • Premature aging of the skin
  • Shortened lifespan
  • Stroke

Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may recommend a sleep study, or polysomnogram, at Virginia Hospital Center's Sleep Lab. During a sleep study, your care team monitors you while you sleep. They may record your:

  • Airflow
  • Blood oxygen levels
  • Brainwaves
  • Muscle activity
  • Nerve impulses to the eye
  • Heart rhythms
  • Snoring patterns

Get a Better Night's Sleep

Work with your care team to create a plan for better sleep. Depending on your diagnosis, needs and preferences, your plan may include:

  • Avoiding substances such as alcohol or tobacco
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy – Uses a mask connected to a machine to help you breathe more easily while you sleep
  • Iron or magnesium supplements – Help improve sleep quality
  • Medications – Help you fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Muscle rubs – Ease leg pain or discomfort
  • Sensory modulation – Uses aromatherapy, chamomile tea and self-calming strategies, such as deep breathing, to help you fall asleep naturally
  • Weight loss – May improve or resolve symptoms of certain types of sleep apnea

Access Mayo Clinic’s Expertise

As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Virginia Hospital Center brings the world-renowned expertise and knowledge of Mayo Clinic to our community. How can I access the expertise of Mayo Clinic? It’s simple – all you need is to be under the care of a physician on Virginia Hospital’s Center medical Staff. 

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