Washington, DC Sleep Specialists
The Center for Sleep Disorders at The GW Medical Faculty Associates is our newest and most advanced sleep testing facility. Incorporating state-of-the-art technology with the finest personal amenities in a secure and comfortable setting, our center features an experienced and compassionate staff of board certified physicians and polysomnographic technologists.
In addition to overnight sleep testing, the Center for Sleep Disorders is at the forefront of research, medical education, and the implementation of innovative treatment options. Testing is available seven nights a week in spacious private rooms. Our patients are seen quickly with comprehensive results provided on a timely basis. We accept most insurance plans and our skilled administrative staff will assist with pre-certifications whenever possible. We look forward to providing you with the finest sleep testing services available.
For those interested in a sleep study, please schedule using one of the following numbers:
New patients: Contact Pulmonary Medicine at 202-741-3540 or Neurology at 202-741-2700
For patients who have already seen a Pulmonologist or Neurologist: Contact 202-741-3430 for sleep study scheduling
Do you want to sleep better?
Everyone feels sleepy at times, but when it interferes with daily routines and activities, or reduces your ability to function, you may not be getting the sleep you need. More than 80 million Americans are affected by a sleep problem. Many are unaware that they suffer from a sleep disorder. Most people who have sleep disorders never seek treatment. Untreated sleep disorders can lead to reduced quality of life, disease, and even death. The Center for Sleep Disorders at The GW Medical Faculty Associates can help.
You may have a sleep problem if you:
- Constantly feel sleepy
- Snore loudly
- Wake up sweating or gasping for breath
- Have been told that you stop breathing when you sleep
- Feel tired all the time
- Fall asleep while driving
- Fall asleep unintentionally while watching TV or reading
- Have difficulty paying attention at work or school
- Have trouble remembering
- Have difficulty controlling your emotions
- Often wake up with headaches
- Must take naps on most days
- Have uncomfortable sensations in your legs that keep you awake
- Suffer frequent leg or arm movements during the night
- Have vivid nightmares
SLEEP DISORDERS CAN HAVE SERIOUS HEALTH EFFECTS
Many people underestimate the significance of untreated sleep disorders. Studies have found a relationship between sleep and:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Sexual dysfunction
- Increased accidents
- Impaired work performance
How do I get help?
It’s important to talk to your doctor about your sleep. Sleep disorders usually don’t go away over time and they often get worse. Treatment for sleep disorders can dramatically improve your health and quality of life. Often, a specialist must observe your sleep habits and symptoms to help determine whether or not a sleep disorder is present. In order to make a complete diagnosis, an overnight sleep study may be necessary. A sleep study provides your doctors with comprehensive information about your sleep and breathing.
What to expect during a sleep study
Most people are naturally apprehensive about a sleep study, but it is a relatively easy and painless test. Small wires are attached to your head and body and you are monitored in an overnight setting as you sleep naturally. Most studies are done in our comfortable center, but some sleep studies can be done in your home. A doctor interprets the results and forms a treatment plan that is specially tailored to your situation. This plan may include medicines, appliances, and counseling.
What about insurance?
Most health insurance plans, including Medicare, cover the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and recognize the benefits of quality sleep to healthy living.
Frequent interruptions to sleep and daytime sleepiness may be indicative of sleep apnea and warrant a consultation with a sleep expert.