Sleep Disorders Program

Houston Methodist Neurological Institute sleep disorders program
The Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Program at Houston Methodist Neurological Institute employs a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat sleep disorders, including chronic insomnianarcolepsyobstructive sleep apnea and sleep issues associated with neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease . There are many types of sleep disorders that interfere with quality of life and personal health. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning.

The program includes consultations for patients with psychiatric and behavioral issues or anatomical abnormalities that can be treated by oral maxillofacial and/or otolaryngology surgery. Patients diagnosed with sleep disorders may also consult with a pulmonologist , and technologists are available to ensure that durable medical equipment prescribed for the home is properly outfitted and tested for each patient to provide confident use and outcomes.

The Sleep Disorders Center offers a wide spectrum of services for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including the following :

  • Diagnostic polysomnography (PSG)
  • Positive airway pressure (continuous and bi-level) titrations
  • Split-night studies
  • Assessment of daytime sleepiness (multiple sleep latency test and maintenance of wakefulness test)
  • Consultations with sleep medicine specialists
  • Average volume assisted pressure unit or device

We are dedicated to giving you a personal and comfortable experience as we help you identify your path to a better night's sleep. Our Sleep Disorders Center is a 10-bed unit located in the Main Tower of Houston Methodist Hospital, 9th floor. We offer a hotel-like environment where all private rooms and bathrooms are handicap accessible. Eight rooms are furnished with queen-size beds, and two rooms feature hospital beds and special lifts for patients with impaired mobility.

The Sleep Disorders Center conducts personalized, comprehensive sleep studies to meet the needs of each patient. Each study includes evaluations for respiratory movements, airflow, oxygen saturation, electrocardiogram, electromyography, leg movements, continuous video and audio recordings, and electroencephalogram (EEG) activity.

The Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Our team of specialists includes physicians who are board certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties and sleep technicians who are registered (or registry eligible) by the Board of Polysomnographic Technicians (BRPT). Patient sleep studies are interpreted by our board certified doctors with a quick turnaround for reports .

Our service does not end with your sleep study. We assist our patients in their durable medical equipment (DME) follow-up. We also offer you a registered sleep technician to help resolve possible DME Issues you may encounter such as poor mask fit, compliance problems or other issues.

Overnight Sleep Studies
A polysomnogram, also known as a sleep study, is a recording of biological activity during sleep. These measurements are used to identify different sleep disorders. The instrument used to record these measurements is called a polysomnography . In order to properly study your sleep, we will measure brainwave activity, eye movement, breathing effort, breathing airflow, heart rate and rhythm, body position, and the oxygen level in your blood. In addition, we will measure the muscle activity in your chin and your limbs. All measurements are non-invasive, and the study is not painful or uncomfortable. Learn more about sleep treatments and procedures.

Do I Need a Sleep Evaluation?
Reduced energy, greater difficulty concentrating, diminished mood and a greater risk for accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, can be directly related to sleep problems. Sleep deprivation has measurable negative effects on performance and physical and mental health. Lack of sleep can lead to increased risk of heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, stroke and death.

Studies show that lack of sleep leads to problems completing tasks, concentrating, making decisions and unsafe actions. According to a 1997 National Sleep Foundation poll, "Sleeplessness, Pain and the Workplace," sleep loss costs U.S. employers an estimated $18 billion in lost productivity.
  • According to the National Sleep Foundation, 40–50 percent of people rate their quality of sleep at night as fair or poor.
  • More than 70 million people in the United States have sleep disorders.
  • Most people with sleep disorders do not recognize they have a problem.
  • Most common sleep disorders are insomnia and sleep apnea.

Your spouse's or loved one’s physical and mental health can also be affected if you have sleep apnea, sleep walking or rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorders.

Do you think your sleep should be evaluated? If you are not sure, ask yourself these questions: 

  • Do you regularly have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep?
  • Do people tell you that you snore?
  • Has anyone ever told you that you have pauses in breathing or that you gasp for breath when you sleep?
  • Are your legs "active" at night?
  • Do you experience tingling, creeping, itching, pulling, aching or other strange feelings in your legs while sitting or lying down that cause a strong urge to move, walk or kick your legs for relief?
  • Are you so tired when you wake up in the morning that you cannot function normally during the day?
  • Does sleepiness and fatigue persist for more than two to three weeks?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then a complete sleep evaluation should be considered and discussed with your physician. If you suspect you have a sleeping disorder, or if you would like more information, please call to the Sleep Disorders Center at 713.441.3961.

Our doctors specialize in managing sleep disorders at the following convenient Houston Methodist locations.

Houston Methodist Hospital
Sleep Disorders Center
6565 Fannin St.
Main Building, 9th Floor
Houston, Texas 77030