Diagnosis

Symptoms

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • daytime sleepiness
  • loud snoring
  • sleepwalking
  • restless legs
  • nightmares
  • insomnia
  • violent tremors
  • sleep talking

If you have one or more of these symptoms, ask your doctor about a sleep evaluation. The majority of sleep disorders can easily be treated or managed with the proper diagnoses.

Treatment

A bed at the Nova Sleep Center

A bed at the Nova Sleep Center

If referred by your doctor, you will be asked questions about your sleep history and receive a thorough evaluation. In some cases you may undergo a sleep study (polysomnogram).

The Nova Sleep Center Technical Office

The Nova Sleep Center Technical Office

During a sleep study you are provided a quiet, private room in a comfortable non-hospital setting. A sleep technologist will monitor your sleep during the course of your stay.

Treatment of your sleep disorder will depend on your diagnosis. For some patients simple behavior modifications such as weight loss or reducing caffeine may be recommended. For others, medication, special medical devices or surgery may be necessary.

Medical consultations and sleep studies are typically covered by most health insurance plans. We’ll be happy to assist you with insurance verification.

Regardless of your disorder or treatment, the caring staff at the Northern Virginia Sleep Diagnostic Center will work closely with you and your primary care doctor to help you get a good night sleep.

Common Sleep Disorders

Insomnia: Difficulty falling or staying asleep; waking earlier than desired. Insomnia can be caused by a number of medical or behavioral factors such as stress, tension, shift-work or poor sleep habits.

Sleep Apnea

Brief pauses of breathing during sleep. Often associated with loud snoring, snorting and gasping for breath. Sleep apnea can result in daytime sleepiness, depression, and cardiovascular problems.

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

Struggling to stay awake during the day. Reduced productivity at school or work; memory or concentration problems.

Narcolepsy: Sleep attacks

Sudden muscular weakness in response to strong emotion; brief paralysis upon falling asleep or waking up.

Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Uncomfortable sensations in the legs near sleep time, sometimes described as a creepy crawly feeling. Legs and arms may move or jerk involuntarily during sleep.

Sleepwalking, Night Terrors, Sleep Related Violence, Sleep Eating

These are unwanted behaviors that occur when the brain is partially asleep.