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Dr. Charles Coleman

Sleep Medicine
Suffolk, VA
43 years experience male

Locations

Neurology Associates of Suffolk

Suffolk, VA

Address

150 Burnetts Way, Suffolk, VA
Directions

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Sleep Medicine

Neurology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

45 Answers
1 Agree
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Split up your sleep.: The best approach is to wind down after you get home and then go to bed and sleep for 4-5 hours, then get up for a while, and then try for a 2-3 hour ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
A sleep disorder?: Getting what seems to be an adequate amount of sleep but still being tired is a sign of a problem. It could be a more general health issue, such as a ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Qualified maybe.: Panadeine forte is a combination of a mild analgesic (paracetamol) and codeine. Paracetamol is not likely to affect your sleep. Codeine, being a narco... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
No: Not without overdosing. And why would you want to sleep 14 hours per day?
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
RLS?: You might be experiencing Restless Legs Syndrome, notorious for causing uncomfortable fidgety feelings in the legs (and possibly arms) but also causin... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Closely: The symptoms of narcolepsy are those of parts of rem sleep intruding into wakefulness. These elements include sleepiness; hallucinations (dream image... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
No, but...: Sleeping with the lights on won't help. Bright light (i.e., sunlight-level) exposure for 20-30 minutes in the morning, however, just might.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Several: Weight loss or just avoiding sleeping on the back can improve sleep apnea. There are several medical treatments for sleep apnea (cpap, dental devices,... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Measure it: The only way to know this is to measure oxygen levels in the blood during sleep. This is done with a simple clip over one of the fingers. This can be ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
It varies: Seizures during sleep can manifest as unusual behaviors during sleep such as groaning, repetitive movements, full "grand-mal" type shaking; incontinen... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
It could be.: If you're only getting 7 hours or so of sleep per night, which would probably be typical for a teenager in school, you are not getting enough sleep an... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Ask your bedpartner.: Although it is considerate to be concerned about your spouse, your main concern should be what the snoring means for you. Heavy snoring is often a sig... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
See below.: Discuss this with the doctor who is ordering the test. Under certain circumstances a mild sleeping pill can be given at the beginning of the test to h... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
No sleep apnea?: I would have to guess that the sleep study did not show sleep apnea, the only condition for which a sleep study would indicate the use of CPAP. This c... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
All: Dreaming probably occurs during all stages of sleep. It is said that dreams that occur during REM sleep tend to be more vivid and visual, and non-REM ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Why try?: Not to be flippant, but what's wrong with sleeping with your socks on? If you get a good night sleep by doing it, I would say keep doing it. It's a lo... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Four.: Sleep is divided into two general stages, REM (Rapid Eye Movement sleep), and NREM (non-REM) sleep. Furthermore, NREM sleep is currently divided into ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Yes.: People who lost their sight after childhood still have visual images in their dreams. Those who were blind from birth or lost their sight in early chi... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
They are paralyzed: During rem sleep, all the voluntary muscles, with the exception of the diagphragm, eye muscles and middle ear muscles, are inhibited to the point of p... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Corneal infection: This is the big one. It can lead to blindness.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
See your dentist.: You probably have Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
You can, but...: Sleep technicians are taught to encourage patients in the sleep lab to sleep on their backs, because sleep apnea tends to be at its worst on your back... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
RLS?: You might be experiencing Restless Legs Syndrome, notorious for causing uncomfortable fidgety feelings in the legs (and possibly arms) but also causin... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Any other info?: If your friend wakes up in the morning and finds that (s)he is unable to move for a few moments and then suddenly movement is restored, then, yes your... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
See below: 1. Graduate from high school. 2. Graduate from college.. 3. Graduate from medical school. 4. Complete a residency in a primary (e.g., internal medicin... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
You're depressed.: It sounds like you are suffering from (serious) depression. You should see a psychiatrist.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
See below.: Sleep is a normal physiologic state of the brain. "Passing out" is the colloquial term for what is medically known as "syncope" which occurs if, for w... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Probably sleep apnea: "Oxygen saturation" refers to how much of the hemoglobin in your blood is carrying oxygen. Ordinarily this runs between 95-100%. A drop down to 22% du... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: Mixing alcohol with sleeping pills or pain pills raises the risk that you will have breathing problems during sleep (sleep apnea), possibly to the poi... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Before birth: Rem (rapid eye movement) sleep, the stage of sleep when most dreaming takes place, is present before birth, and at birth comprises about half the slee... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Possibly: Running or any kind of exercise can lead to more restful sleep, however exercising too close to bedtime can have the opposite effect by leaving the bo... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
No.: The ingredients listed for bell product #23 are msm (methysulfonylmethane), melatonin, chamonille, passionflower, skulcap, and valerian. None of thes... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
A sleep disorder?: Getting what seems to be an adequate amount of sleep but still being tired is a sign of a problem. It could be a more general health issue, such as a ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Indefinite: Unlike rats, which have been shown to succumb to two weeks of total sleep deprivation, there is no known case of a human dying solely from the effects... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
More, but better?: Cyproheptadine, an antihistamine and anticholinergic, is similar to diphenyhydramine, the sleep agent found in many over-the-counter sleep aids. Some ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
What can you do?: You can: 1) Stay home from school and get more sleep. 2) Go to school (please have someone else drive you and pick you up) and expect to fall asleep i... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Possibly DSSS: Although it appears from your medicines that there might be other issues that can affect sleep (anxiety, depression?) you could be describing delayed ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Get more sleep: Assuming that you are getting enough sleep (7.5-8.5 hours), which is a big assumption if you are a student, you could have a sleep disorder such as sl... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Yes and no.: CPAP will almost certainly be effective for treating mild sleep apnea, but there might be other, less unappealing approaches. A special bite guard mad... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Earplugs.: Of course, you then risk missing your stop.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Surface electrodes: If you're worried about needles, don't. Everything that is attached to you is done with glue or paste. Be sure to wash your hair before you leave the ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
See below: Technically, it means that you did not have any Stage 3 non-REM sleep during your study. Practically speaking, however, it is most likely a reflection... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
No.: To elaborate further, no. If anything, teenagers need more sleep (up to nine hours per night) than fully-grown adults.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
It depends.: There are two possible conclusions, either: 1) You do not have a sleep disorder (at least, not one that can be detected by a sleep study), or 2) You d... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Possibly no: Although Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin are ordinarily safe to take together, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is usually safe to take during ... Read More

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HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Coleman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Coleman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Doctor told me it was fine. Could it be sleep apnea? fast hr in am
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
HealthTap member
Your answer was very helpful, thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Virginia School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 1979MD

Residency

Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Norfolk Region - Summer
2014
Top Sleep Medicine Specialist, First Place, National - Summer
2014
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