Sleep is a natural and fundamental element of life. According to a National Sleep Foundation survey, Sleep in America, at least 40 million Americans report having sleep problems and of those adults reporting sleep problems, more than 60% report having never been asked about their sleep by a physician. Fewer than 20% ever initiated a discussion about it. It is also well known that the symptoms of many lifelong sleep disorders begin in childhood. We spend approximately 1/3 of our lives sleeping. Thus, it would stand to reason that we should optimize the healthful benefits of this vital life function for individuals of all ages.
At the VCU Center for Sleep Medicine, we provide full service health care for all facets of sleep medicine. We diagnose and treat all manifestations of sleep disorders in both adults and children including, but not limited to, common sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep-related breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or apnea of prematurity/infancy as well as circadian rhythm sleep disorders such as shift work disorder and delayed sleep phase disorder to more rare disorders such as narcolepsy and REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). Our American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)-accredited sleep center includes a 6-bed sleep laboratory which can accommodate acquisition of all major modalities of polysomnography, including baseline studies, titration studies, studies with full EEG array, multiple sleep latency and maintenance of wakefulness testing as well as capnography (carbon dioxide monitoring). We also provide out-of-center home sleep testing (HST) for those who meet the appropriate clinical criteria. In addition to these services, our expert staff and sleep technologists also provide critical ancillary sleep medicine services such as mask desensitization therapy and actigraphy which help to fulfill the full spectrum of comprehensive sleep medicine care. We have an active complementary referral relationship with several board-certified dental sleep medicine specialists for the evaluation and alternative management of sleep-disordered breathing, bruxism and other craniofacially-related sleep disorders. We also have an active referral relationship with the Department of Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and the VCU Department of Clinical Psychology for the evaluation and provision of neuropsychologically-based therapeutic modalities for the treatment of behavioral insomnia of childhood and similar disorders in the pediatric population as well as cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) which is a very effective tool in the management of chronic insomnia in adults. Finally, in keeping with our academic mission, our clinical services reciprocally inform our pursuit of patient-oriented clinical sleep medicine research.
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VCU Center for Sleep Medicine
2529 Professional Road
Richmond, VA 23235