Neurological Sleep Medicine Center
Sleep disorders are common after a traumatic brain injury, stroke or other neurological illnesses, and may deter full participation in a rehabilitation program. The Neurological Sleep Medicine Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders for those who have problems with sleeping, staying awake, or disruptive breathing and behavior during sleep. The team includes an affiliated, board-certified neurologist/sleep specialist, a registered and highly skilled technologist, and staff members dedicated to identifying and providing treatment recommendations for sleep disorders and neurological diseases by working with patients and their referring physicians.
Procedures are performed using an array of leading-edge technologies for the diagnosis and management of sleep-related disturbances. The Center’s four suites are designed to provide a sleep environment that ensures patient comfort and testing integrity, as well as accessibility. Studies are performed at night or during the day, depending on the study type and patients’ sleep schedules.
Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder affecting large numbers of adults. We aim to provide a comprehensive management strategy including pharmacological and psychological measures for sustained treatment benefit for insomnia. Treatment is supported by trained psychologists with interest in evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), who guide a patient through the process of “rethinking” sleep. It should be kept in mind that this treatment is not suitable for patients who have insomnia related to psychiatric disorders.
We perform sleep studies on patients with neurological conditions, including but not limited to:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
- Diaphragmatic paralysis
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Multiple system atrophy
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic headache
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurological Sleep Medicine Center recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
For more information or a referral to the Neurological Sleep Medicine Center, please call (713) 797-7742 or fax a referral to (713) 797-7748.
Meet the Doctor
Sudha S. Tallavajhula, M.D.
Medical Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurological Sleep Medicine Center
Clinical neurophysiology and sleep medicine at UTHealth Medical School
Neurology – The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Internal Medicine – The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Medical school – Chengalpattu Medical College in India
Dr. Tallavajhula is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Neurology and Sleep Medicine. Her research interests are in epilepsy, sleep disorders, complementary and alternative methods for treatment of insomnia and sleep-disordered breathing, and bidirectional relationship of sleep and traumatic brain injury.
Services Provided by Dr. Tallavajhula
Sleep medicine management to treat these conditions and more:
- Sleep-disordered breathing, particularly hypoventilation and other disorders of breathing in patients with neurological disabilities
- Sleep disorders in women
- Circadian rhythm disorders, such as shift-work disorder
For more information or a referral to the Neurological Sleep Medicine Center, please call (713) 797-7742
or fax a referral to 713.797.7748
Neurological Sleep Medicine Center
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Texas Medical Center
Houston, TX 77030