What Are Sleep Disorders?

Many things can interfere with a good night’s sleep, including your breathing. Sleep Center at Comprehensive, a division of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, offers various methods for treating sleep disorders. Learn about some types of sleep disorders and how we can treat them. Sleep disorders are changes in sleeping patterns or behaviors. When they are consistent many nights throughout the week or continue for long periods of time, they can affect a person’s quality of life. If a person goes without sleep disorders treatment, these conditions can cause more severe issues and health problems later on.

Explore the list of sleep disorders we treat at the Sleep Center at Comprehensive:


Insomnia is the most common type of sleep disorder affecting about 30 to 35 percent of adults. It can occur when people have trouble falling or staying asleep. The symptoms and causes of insomnia vary by patient, but they often include sleep disturbance and symptoms that last through the day. Insomnia can have a major impact the overall quality of life, affecting work performance, relationships and decision-making ability.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is another common sleep disorder. This condition occurs when the soft tissue in the throat falls and blocks the airway. When a person suffers from sleep apnea, their body will force them awake at night to open the airway and allow for breathing again. This can happen as little as one or two times per night, but in some patients, it can occur multiple times throughout the night.

Sleep apnea patients often wake up in the morning feeling tired, even if they had a full night’s sleep. This lack of oxygen can also cause severe issues in the long run, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression and diabetes.

Periodic limb movements of sleep

Periodic limb movements are episodes of small, repetitive and uncontrollable muscle movements. This sleep disorder is less about the ability to fall asleep, but it can wake a person in the middle of the night and affect the quality of sleep.With periodic limb movements, patients experience the tightening or flexing of a muscle. This sleep disorder can become a bigger issue when the movements disrupt your sleep and daily life.

REM sleep behavior disorders

REM sleep behavior disorders (RBD) are a parasomnia, which are undesired events that occur during sleep. People who suffer from RBD may act out a vivid dream while they’re asleep. This can include mild activity, but it can become more severe or violent. It’s often easy to wake someone up if they’re suffering from RBD, and they may be able to recall details about the dream.

Night terrors

Night terrors are another type of parasomnia. They cause patients to wake up in the middle of the night, often screaming or shouting in fear that included danger or fright. This sleep disorder can also be paired with violent kicking or thrashing movements. Night terrors can cause heavy breathing, a racing heart and wide fearful eyes. It can sometimes be hard to wake someone suffering from a night terror, and they may be confused upon waking. They may also not remember full details about the dream.

Restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is a neurological sleep disorder that causes an urge to move the legs, which worsens at night. This sleep disorder can make it difficult to get comfortable enough to fall asleep. It can also affect a person’s daily life and their ability to sit still for long periods of time during work and long airplane or car rides. Restless leg syndrome causes some people to get fewer hours of sleep and make them feel fatigued during the day.

Sleep Medicine at Sleep Center at Comprehensive

The Sleep Center at Comprehensive is a full service sleep medicine center which is operated by the physicians of the Lung Center of Nevada. We have four Board Certified Sleep Medicine doctors on staff as well as a highly trained staff of technicians that specialize in patient care focusing on the needs and concerns of the patient to provide the highest quality of service.

Through various sleep disorder treatments, there are options to help with breathing and help relieve the symptoms of troubled sleep. Treatment options depend on the type and severity of the sleep disorder.

To schedule an appointment call 702-737-1409 today.