Sleep Disorder Information Harrisonburg 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.

RMH Center for Sleep Medicine Rockingham Memorial Hospital
(540) 437-8230
640 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA
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Ashby Animal Clinic
(540) 433-9174
1685 Garbers Church Road
Harrisonburg, VA

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George L Weidig
(540) 433-9151
1831 Reservoir St
Harrisonburg, VA
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Family Practice

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Frank Steller
(540) 437-0525
2322 Blue Stone Hill Dr
Harrisonburg, VA
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(540) 433-9151
1831 Reservoir St
Harrisonburg, VA
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Harrisonburg Chiropractic Center
(540) 736-7482
182 Neff Ave # W7
Harrisonburg, VA

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Gregory C Jesteadt
(540) 433-9151
1831 Reservoir St
Harrisonburg, VA
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Family Practice

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Brian Edward Robinson
(540) 564-5500
100 E Grace St
Harrisonburg, VA
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Internal Medicine, Hematology / Oncology

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Jonathan David Shenk
(540) 433-2554
1661 S Main St
Harrisonburg, VA
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Family Practice

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William Sproul Stickley, MD
(540) 434-0662
235 Cantrell Ave
Harrisonburg, VA
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Anesthesiology, General Practice
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Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1959

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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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