Washington Metro Sleep Institute evaluates, diagnoses and treats individuals with sleep disorders. Patients with sleep problems can come directly to the Sleep Institute as a self-referral, through a referral from their doctor or other healthcare professional, or through our Occupational Health & Safety Program.
Evaluation - What Happens at the Sleep Institute?
Your first visit to the clinic will include an evaluation by an expert sleep specialist doctor, who will obtain a thorough medical history from you and perform a physical exam to identify your concerns and sleep challenges. If a polysmonogram (sleep study) is required, we will schedule you for an overnight sleep study at the clinic to investigate further and diagnose the problem.
Diagnosis - How do you Detect Sleep Disorders?
We diagnose sleep conditions that cause both common and complex health issues -- from weight concerns and daytime sleepiness, to choking and aggressive behaviors during sleep. An overnight sleep study is a standard diagnostic test for detecting sleep disorders and is the most effective technique supportive of diagnosing multiple medical problems and sleep disorders. After being evaluated by a sleep specialist, you may be scheduledfor an overnight sleep study during which you will spend the night at the Sleep Institute in a comfortable, private room, while being monitored during your sleep. Learn what happens during an overnight sleep study.
Treatment - What are the Next Steps?
The Sleep Institute's sleep specialists work to treat sleep disorders with attention to any underlying conditions (mental, medical, substance abuse, etc.) that may be causing interrupted sleep. In general, treatments for sleep disorders can be grouped into four key categories that in many cases can effectively be combined to maximize treatment benefits:
- behavioral/ psychotherapeutic treatments
- other somatic treatments
None of these general approaches is sufficient for all patients with sleep disorders. Rather, the choice of a specific treatment depends on the diagnosis, medical and psychiatric history, your preferences, and the sleep specialist's expertise and recommendation. In some cases, special equipment may be required for treatment or management of a disorder such as obstructive apnea, circadian rhythm disorders and bruxism. Your sleep specialist will work together with you to determine the best approach to treating and/or managing your sleep disorder.
Should I Be Evaluated for a Sleep Disorder?
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations? Score yourself below.
0 = would never doze
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing
Situation Chance of Dozing
If you snore, experience daytime sleepiness, and your score is more than 10, you should be evaluated for a sleep disorder. Contact the Washington Metro Sleep Institute today for an appointment.
The test above is derived from the Epworth Sleepiness Scale.
To take our full sleep disorder assessment online to more accurately diagnose sleep apnea symptoms, click here to go to the assesment. You will be given your results immediatley upon completing your free assessment.