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Sleep Disorders We Treat

The Howard University Sleep Disorders Center offers specialized treatment plans for a wide range of sleep disorders that cater to a patient's specific needs based on their individual health status.

Sleep Disordered Breathing (OSA & CSA)

Narcolepsy & Idiopathic

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes overwhelming daytime drowsiness and excessive sleepiness. At times, a narcoleptic can fall asleep suddenly, even while working, driving or eating. The causes of narcolepsy  may involve genetic factors and abnormal signaling in the brain.


Insomnia is the inability to obtain a sufficient amount of sleep in order to feel rested. The sleep disorder is typically characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep, and may include early morning awakenings, poor quality sleep or non-refreshing sleep. Insomnia may be caused by a variety of conditions including stress; anxiety and depression; underlying medical conditions and painful ailments; poor sleep habits; or a sleep environment that is not conducive to a good night's rests. Other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, periodic limb movements in sleep, or restless legs syndrome, can also cause insomnia.

Our Sleep Center Treats A Wide
Range Of Sleep Disorders

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Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Circadian rhythm sleep disorders are a group of sleep disorders that all share the common feature of a disruption in the timing of sleep. Circadian rhythm is the name given to your body’s 24-hour “internal clock.” This internal clock controls your body’s sleep-wake cycle. Circadian rhythm sleep disorders usually involves a difficulty falling asleep; a struggle to stay asleep, often waking up several times during the sleep cycle; and waking up too early with difficulty going back to sleep.

REM Behavior Disorder

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is a sleep behavior disorder where an individual physically acts out vivid, often unpleasant dreams with vocal sounds and sudden, often violent arm and leg movements. You normally don't move during REM sleep, a normal stage of sleep that occurs many times during the night. About 20 percent of  sleep is spent in REM sleep, the usual time for dreaming, which occurs primarily during the second half of the night. The onset of REM sleep behavior disorder is often gradual and it can get worse over time. REM sleep behavior disorder may also be associated with other neurological conditions.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition that causes a person to move his or her legs during sleep. This urge is often accompanied by unusual sensations in the legs such as itching, burning or prickling. These sensations usually go away with leg movement. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, RLS is believed to be hereditary.

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