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Sleep Disorders and Sleep Studies

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Memorial Clinical Associates is a full-service primary care health practice serving the Memorial, Katy and Spring Branch Communities. We offer quality care in a variety of medical fields.

We interpret final results to companies that conduct sleep studies. Your doctor may recommend a sleep study for any of the following:


Sleep studies are done to diagnose what is happening to your body during sleep and the cause. Sleep problems include:

  • Sleep Apnea, is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing during sleep for a few seconds or longer. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness. The most common form is called obstructive sleep apnea, which may be caused by blocked airflow during sleep due to narrowed or blocked airways. The blockage may cause shallow or paused breathing.
  • Narcolepsy and problems staying awake. Narcolepsy is a disabling sleep disorder that mixes the nervous system’s message about when to sleep and stay awake. It can cause sudden sleep attacks, sudden muscle weakness while awake, hallucinations before sleep attacks, or brief loss of the ability to move while falling asleep or waking up. Narcolepsy rarely goes away completely but our physicians will work with you on finding the best possible treatment for your case.
  • Sleepwalking, night terrors, or bed-wetting – abnormal sleep behaviors.
  • Insomnia and problems sleeping at night. This may be caused by stress, depression, hunger, physical discomfort, or other problem.
  • Shift work sleep disorder. Problems sleeping during the day, because you work at night or do rotating shift work, which can get your internal clock off-balance.
  • Periodic limb movement disorder, which is wild or continuous movement of the feet, arms, or legs during sleep.

Sleep studies can also determine whether you have a problem with your stages of sleep. The two stages of sleep are non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM). Normally, NREM and REM alternate 4 to 5 times during a nights sleep. A change in this cycle may make it hard for you to sleep soundly.

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