Sleep is normally a restful time that allows your body to recover and prepare for the next day. If sleep is interrupted, you may feel tired, become irritable, and lose concentration during the day.
All of us have trouble sleeping occasionally, but if you are having regular problems or difficulty staying asleep, you may need our help.
Carilion Clinic’s network of sleep centers, the largest in our western Virginia region, is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Our team of board-certified sleep specialists has been specially trained to evaluate, diagnose, and manage sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, snoring, restless leg syndrome, excessive sleepiness, and others. Some of these sleep disorders are not only annoying and fatiguing, they may carry a real risk to your health. Fortunately, Carilion can help.
We can identify the cause of your sleep disorder and help you get better, more refreshing sleep. Overnight monitored polysomnography (sleep studies) and sleep latency tests (nap studies) are available at our state-of-the-art sleep centers. In some cases, we also perform home-based sleep studies.
If a sleep disorder is diagnosed, we’ll work with your doctor to decide the most appropriate treatment. Our sleep specialists provide comprehensive care for all sleep medicine issues, coordinating care with all necessary specialty physicians, including otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), neurology, cardiology, psychology, dentistry, and bariatric surgery.
- Diagnosis and treatment of snoring and sleep apnea
- Diagnosis and management of insomnia
- Diagnosis and management of Restless Legs
- Diagnosis and treatment of hypersomnolence, such as narcolepsy
- Performance of sleep studies (home based and in-laboratory), including MSLTs (nap studies) and use of full EEG montage for seizure evaluation, when clinically indicated
Carilion has sleep centers in several locations around western Virginia, including Roanoke, New River Valley, West Lake and Lexington, so you can find one that’s convenient for you.
Suggestions to Improve Your Sleep
- Get up at the same time every morning, regardless of when you went to sleep
- Set a realistic bedtime and try to go to bed at the same time every night (it’s best to have a bedtime when you are usually sleepy)
- Limit time in bed to eight hours, unless you are ill, and don’t take naps or lie down during the day
- Use your bedroom for sleeping only, and make it as quiet and as dark as possible (while in bed, do not watch television, do paperwork or computer work, eat, etc.)
- Avoid exercise within four hours of bedtime
- Avoid eating or drinking large amounts within three hours of bedtime, and don’t drink caffeine after noon (a light snack is OK)
- No alcohol or cigarettes within four to six hours of bedtime
- Schedule “worry time” for early in the evening, or even earlier in the day
- Sleep in a well-ventilated and humidified area (keep temperature in your bedroom cool, but not too cool or warm)
- Set your alarm clock and turn the clock so you can’t see it (if you wake up during the night, don’t look at the time)
- If you can’t sleep, go to another room and engage in a quiet, relaxing or boring activity (repeat this as often as necessary during the night)
- If you get up during the night, return to bed only when sleepy (don’t worry about losing sleep, you will make it up on the following night)
If you answer”yes” to two or more of these questions, you may want to talk to your physician about your sleep issues. A referral to a Carilion Clinic Sleep Center may be what you need to get the rest you need to stay healthy.
- Has your partner noticed that you stop breathing at night?
- Do you snore?
- When you snore, do you snore loudly and irregularly?
- Do you feel sleepy during the day, even though you slept the previous night?
- Do you find it difficult to go to sleep?
- Is your bedtime inconsistent?
- Do you often experience morning headaches?
- Do you often feel exhausted or tired?
- Do you get up frequently at night to urinate?
- Do you have trouble concentrating?
- Are you overweight or have you recently gained weight?
- Do you have high blood pressure?