Sleep Disorder Information Ashburn VA

We’re not talking about a cure—sleeplessness recurs periodically in most insomniacs. But experts say that most people can find a way to manage insomnia as long as they’re willing to keep on trying, even after the first, fifth, and seventh attempts fail. Often the secret lies in combining approaches.

Comprehensive Sleep Care Center
(703) 729-3420
19441 Golf Vista Plaza
Lansdowne, VA
Ages Seen
2-100

Lifetime Vision and Contacts
(703) 729-8393
44345 Premier Plaza
Ashburn, VA

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Ashburn Village Animal Hospital
(703) 729-0700
44110 Ashburn Plaza
Ashburn, VA

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Brambleton Animal Hospital
(703) 327-8471
42385 Ryan Rd #112
Ashburn , VA

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Cascades Chiropractic
(703) 404-0350
45591 Dulles Eastern Plz # 132
Sterling, VA

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American Sleep Medicine- VA
(703) 448-7444
8300 Boone Boulevard
Vienna, VA
Ages Seen
8yrs. +
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Insurance: We take all insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Ashburn Farm Animal Hospital
(703) 726-8784
43330 Junction Plaza Blvd #172
Ashburn, VA

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Keegan Chiropractic Sports and Wellness Clini
(703) 858-3500
44335 Premier Plaza
Ashburn, VA

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Caring Hands of Ashburn
(703) 726-0446
43300 Southern Walk Plaza
Ashburn, VA

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Shaukat Jahan MD
(703) 421-4050
21495 Ridgetop Cir
Sterling, VA
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Obstetrics & Gynecology

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In Search of a Good Night's Sleep

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By Leslie Crawford

It should be so easy. You’re tired. You close your eyes. You fall asleep. But for the millions of Americans who are sleepless in Seattle, Manhattan, and Shaker Heights, this simplest of human functions is but a dream. If there’s any comfort in numbers, the insomniac may find solace in knowing she’s hardly alone while she pines in the wee hours for Mr. Sandman.

Up to 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, which tend to worsen with age, yet most sheepishly hide it in the closet. (After all, it’s only sleep, not a life-threatening illness. And doesn’t everyone seem tired these days?) “Too many people think insomnia is something to be embarrassed about, that it’s some sort of weakness,” says Tom Roth, director of the Sleep Disorders Research Center at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. And this prevents a majority from seeking the help they need.

Happily, researchers bent on unraveling the mysteries of slumber are making headway on finding out why so many of us have ongoing trouble falling or staying asleep. “We’re beginning to understand the pathology far better,” says Roth, who cites studies finding that some poor sleepers are simply not wired like normal sleepers. Their hearts beat faster, their temperature runs higher, and their levels of the stress hormone cortisol are elevated. In medical terms, they have a condition known as hyperarousal.

Unfortunately, the best way to target this type of insomnia is still not known. “We have miles to go before we sleep,” says Roth. But at least this new understanding may alleviate some of the stigma that often comes with it. Practitioners have long viewed insomnia as a symptom of other causes—anxiety, depression, hormonal changes, and the side effects of various medications are among the leading ones. But according to the new research, for many people it may well be a condition unto itself. And “you have trouble sleeping” is a lot easier to take than “this means you must be depressed.”

There’s also some good news on the treatment front for people who suffer from any type of insomnia. We’re not talking about a cure—sleeplessness recurs periodically in most insomniacs. But experts say that most people can find a way to manage insomnia as long as they’re willing to keep on trying, even after the first, fifth, and seventh attempts fail. Often the secret lies in combining approaches. “No matter how severe the insomnia,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, director of the Annapolis Research Center for Effective Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Therapies, “it’s possible for just about everyone to get eight to ten hours of restful sleep.”

Practitioners who take a holistic approach to health have lots to offer the sleep-deprived. If anxiety or stress is your problem, they can suggest any number of calming techniques such as yoga, meditation, or aromatherapy. If nutritional deficiencies might be keeping you awake, they can diagnose them and suggest supplements that may help.

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