Background on Sleep Disorders

Did you know that sleep disorders cause not only difficulty with sleep and wake but also are a major cause of many chronic health conditions? These include high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sexual dysfunction, and mood disorders. In fact, sleep apnea has been implicated as the #1 identifiable cause of high blood pressure. Additional evidence has suggested that sleep conditions can cause or worsen high blood pressure, while treatment of these sleep disorders can prevent the onset of high blood pressure and better control hypertension with the need for less medications.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has estimated that between 58% and 72% of those who suffer from type 2 diabetes have underlying sleep apnea. Recent studies have demonstrated that sleep disorders cause type 2 diabetes while identification and aggressive treatment of these sleep disorders can actually prevent the onset of diabetes and better controlled blood sugars in those suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, are also implicated in the development of obesity because of poor regulation of fat hormones, including cortisol, leptin, and ghrelin. Recent data has revealed that not only does sleep apnea cause the metabolic syndrome, which includes the combination of insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes), atherosclerosis (coronary artery disease), midline obesity, and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol levels), but in fact, effective treatment of sleep apnea actually reverses the metabolic syndrome.

Contact your HCA Virginia primary care doctor for a referral to our sleep centers.

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has published data consistently demonstrating that fatigue and sleep disorders result in more motor vehicle accidents, both fatal and non-fatal, than alcohol and drugs combined. In addition, poor sleep impacts work performance, attention, vigilance, and reaction times. A recent study demonstrated that 40% of police officers suffer from sleep disorders with approximately 80% of those affected suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea.

Up to 60% of commercial drivers have underlying sleep conditions like obstructive sleep apnea. Untreated, such a condition warrants a restriction in driving privileges. However, successful treatment of sleep apnea restores driving privileges in commercial drivers. Appropriate therapy also fosters better sleep, restoration in levels of daytime alertness, substantial improvement in overall health and wellness, and a remarkable reduction in overall health care consumption.

HCA’s Sleep Centers are part of a Sleep Program dedicated to screening, identifying, treating and managing sleep disorders. HCA’s Sleep Program is committed to delivering a superior patient care experience. Our facilities include state-of-the-art digital technology, and our Sleep Center staff includes highly skilled and trained sleep professionals delivering excellent care.

Our Care Model

HCA Virginia has partnered with Arima Health ( to deliver an enhanced sleep care model in the greater Richmond area. Our facilities are currently located at HCA Chippenham Medical Center and HCA Parham Doctors’ Hospital, both of which are conveniently situated across the Greater Richmond area.

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Chippenham Hospital, a campus of CJW Medical Center, is the only Level II trauma center in the city of Richmond. Our 466-bed hospital provides elite cardiovascular care at Levinson Heart Institute. We also offer a dedicated pediatric emergency room (ER), a center for surgical innovation and Tucker Pavilion, which has provided behavioral health services to Central Virginia for more than a century.

Our sleep services include diagnostic sleep studies at our sleep center.

Learn more about Chippenham Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

Parham Doctors' Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors' Hospital, is located in the west end of Richmond. It is a leading acute-care hospital offering advanced medical technology in a community setting. Our campus is home to the orthopedic hospital, one of the most honored joint and spine programs in the state.

Our sleep services include diagnostic sleep studies at our sleep center.

Learn more about Parham Doctors’ Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

For additional information, please click any of the following links:

1. Arima Health

2. Standord Health Care

3. ResMed

4. American Sleep Apnea Assocation