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Sleep Apnea

SLEEP APNEA DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT NORTHERN VIRGINIA

How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

Typically, we see patients that come to us complaining of feeling tired all the time or have loud snoring. Typically they come to our office in Northern Virginia looking for answers. Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder and also the most dangerous. Patients that suffer from sleep apnea will stop breathing repeatedly over the course of a night. Their rest will be interrupted during the night. Come to our center that specializes in sleep apnea in Northern Virginia to learn how we can help you!

The condition is particularly dangerous if you already have a heart conditions or if you have more than 15 events per hour during the night. There may be many causes of feeling tired besides apnea, therefore sleep studies are necessary for a diagnosis. Fortunately, most sleep studies can be done at home rather than in a hospital setting.

There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Central Sleep Apnea
  • Central sleep apnea is caused by a failure of the central nervous system that is responsible for breathing.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

The most common type, obstructive sleep apnea is an obstruction in the upper airway. Issues in the soft tissue in the palate, throat, or tongue may close the airway.

Mixed Sleep Apnea

This type of sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive and central apnea. Some researchers believe that an obstructive sleep apnea event is often followed by a central sleep apnea response.

Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea Northern Virginia

Recognizing that your fatigue is becoming a problem is the first step in getting better. The second step is making an appointment and taking a sleep study. Finally, we can give you options to treat the underlying causes of your sleeplessness.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

We offer several solutions from facemasks to less invasive options to get you sleeping better. Come in today to get started on finally having a good night of sleep!

NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates

NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates provides comprehensive services in the fields of lung, critical care and sleep disorders. We provide both outpatient and inpatient treatments. We partner with our local hospital, Stone Springs Hospital Center, in providing intensive care services, pulmonary consultations, sleep studies and in patient pulmonary admissions. In addition, we provide sleep studies, sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment. At NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates, our board certified physicians are committed to providing excellent, empathic and compassionate care while judiciously utilizing diagnostic tests and pharmacologic therapies. We spend our time listening to you to understand your concerns and respond with the best treatment options for you. Our professional staff understands the importance of follow-up care to make sure that your problems are resolved and your health improves.  Please contact us today for a consultation.

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Treatment for Sleep Disorders

INSOMNIA SYMPTOMS, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT NORTHERN VIRGINIA

What are the Symptoms of Insomnia?

Insomnia is when a patient has difficulty falling asleep, difficulty remaining asleep or can also be when patients wake up early in the morning and not able to go back to sleep. Other symptoms of insomnia may include feeling groggy in the morning, sleepiness during the day, inability to focus on tasks and irritability. Whether you experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, there are solutions. Our clinic diagnoses and treats the symptoms of insomnia in Northern Virginia.

What Causes Insomnia?

There are three basic types of insomnia each with a variety of underlying causes. When you visit our clinic in Northern Virginia we can help identify your triggers and solutions to helping you sleep well again.

Episodic Insomnia

Episodic Insomnia lasts for a short period of time, disappears and then returns. This type of insomnia may have underlying causes such as another medical disorder that affects sleep, consumption of alcohol or drugs, new prescription medication, or environmental triggers.

Short Term Insomnia

Short Term Insomnia lasts for up to three months. This type of insomnia may be caused by longer-term changes such as situational anxiety or depression, physical pain or changes to your sleep environment.

Chronic Insomnia

Chronic Insomnia lasts for over three months. This type of insomnia is usually caused by variety of factors which including but not limited to chronic medical conditions, working night shifts, or other underlying medical conditions.

Who is at risk from Insomnia?

Insomnia affects patients from all demographics. However, insomnia is more common with age and adult women report insomnia more often than men. As you age, the chances of suffering from a sleep disorder increases. In addition, patients suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, drug or alcohol dependency, mental disorders, and lack of exercise have the greatest risk of suffering from insomnia.

Diagnosis of Insomnia Northern Virginia

Since the insomnia can be associated with other sleep conditions, we start with a thorough examination, medical history and possible environmental causes. Then we will determine whether you should complete a sleep study to diagnose the condition. Schedule an appointment today to start sleeping better.

Useful Links

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27136449

NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates

NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates provides comprehensive services in the fields of lung, critical care and sleep disorders. We provide both outpatient and inpatient treatments. We partner with our local hospital, Stone Springs Hospital Center, in providing intensive care services, pulmonary consultations, sleep studies and in patient pulmonary admissions. In addition, we provide sleep studies, sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment. At NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates, our board certified physicians are committed to providing excellent, empathic and compassionate care while judiciously utilizing diagnostic tests and pharmacologic therapies. We spend our time listening to you to understand your concerns and respond with the best treatment options for you. Our professional staff understands the importance of follow-up care to make sure that your problems are resolved and your health improves.  Please contact us today for a consultation.

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