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Sleep Problems

Battlefield Family Medicine & Weight Management

Family Medicine & Weight Management located in Manassas, VA

A lack of sleep can cause health issues and affect your mood, as well. At Battlefield Family Medicine & Weight Management in Manassas, Virginia, Nicholas Tavani, MD, PhD, and the team can diagnose your issue and offer ways to manage your sleep problems. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool.

Sleep Problems Q & A

What types of sleep problems exist?

Some sleep disorders can be more severe than others. When you’re not able to sleep, you might have insomnia or sleep apnea. Insomnia can happen regularly, periodically, or sporadically. 

Sleep apnea causes your breathing to pause while you're sleeping, making it dangerous due to your body taking in less oxygen. It can also disturb your sleep.

Other types of sleep problems include parasomnias, which cause you to have uncommon or peculiar movements during the night or odd behaviors while you’re sleeping. Restless leg syndrome makes you move your legs throughout the night.

Talk to Dr. Tavani about your symptoms to help him identify your type of sleep issue.


What causes sleep problems?

Many factors can cause sleep disorders, but most develop from some type of health issue, such as obesity, allergies, respiratory complications, chronic pain, or frequent urination throughout the night.

Stress and anxiety from work-related issues or the grind of everyday life can keep you up at night, too. Sometimes it’s hard to turn off your thoughts and simply fall asleep.

In other cases, you might suffer from nightmares. Sleepwalking and sleep talking can also have an impact on your ability to sleep well.

Regardless of your reason for having sleep problems, Dr. Tavani and the team at Battlefield Family Medicine & Weight Management can help you.


What are symptoms of sleep problems?

When you can’t sleep, signs might include:

  • Turning over multiple times while trying to fall asleep
  • Difficulty with staying asleep
  • Fatigue during the day
  • Teeth grinding
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Moodiness
  • Brain fog
  • Feelings of depression

Sleep disorder symptoms can vary in severity, but if you’re struggling with having a good night’s sleep, you should see Dr. Tavani for a consultation.


What is the treatment for sleep problems?

The team at Battlefield Family Medicine & Weight Management offers a home sleep study to understand why you might be suffering from sleep disorders. 

Once the team determines your type of sleep disorder and its cause, treatment plans might include:

  • Prescribed sleeping medication
  • Natural supplements
  • Device, such as CPAP machine
  • Dental guard

You might need to consider making some changes to your lifestyle to help you sleep. Recommendations include exercising, drinking less caffeine, eating a healthy diet, decreasing or eliminating alcohol and tobacco, and eating fewer carbs toward bedtime. Taking these steps on your own can decrease your sleep problems significantly.

To schedule a consultation about your sleep problems, call the office or book an appointment online today.


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