Sleep disorders

Quality sleep is essential to your overall health. HCA Houston Healthcare offers a network of sleep centers across the Greater Houston area that are dedicated to treating sleep disorders.

More than 50 million adults in the U.S. have a sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. You may have a sleep disorder if you have trouble falling or staying asleep, trouble staying awake, feelings of tiredness after a full night’s sleep or a partner who complains about your snoring. Snoring occurs when your airway becomes blocked during sleep. Though snoring is common, it can disrupt your sleep and the sleep of your bed partner. It may also be a sign of an underlying condition, such as sleep apnea.

Sleep disorders we treat

HCA Houston Sleep Centers diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders, like:

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts during sleep. This respiratory problem means parts of your body may not get enough oxygen while you are asleep. There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: Occurs when your throat muscles relax
  • Central sleep apnea: Occurs when your brain sends improper signals to the muscles that control breathing
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome: A combination of obstructive and central sleep apneas

Sleep apnea can be a serious medical condition. You should see an HCA Houston sleep specialist if you snore loudly, feel tired after a full night’s sleep and/or your bed partner believes you stop breathing while asleep. The doctor may suggest lifestyle changes, medications or therapies, such as using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. When these treatments do not improve a patient’s sleep apnea, the doctor may suggest surgery.


People with insomnia have persistent problems falling asleep and/or staying asleep.


Narcolepsy causes a person to have sudden sleep attacks or severe drowsiness during the day. The sleep attacks can occur during any activity.


Parasomnias refer to sleep disorders which cause abnormal behaviors during sleep, such as sleep walking or sleep paralysis.

Sleep movement disorders

Sleep movement disorders refer to conditions that cause movement before or during sleep, like restless leg syndrome (RLS). Sleep movement disorders can make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep.

Sleep studies

Your doctor may suggest a sleep study to diagnose your sleep problems. During a sleep study at an HCA Houston sleep lab, a sleep specialist monitors your movements, brain activity, oxygen levels and other behaviors as you sleep overnight. The sleep study takes place in home-like environment, and the specialist monitors you from another room.