Types of Sleep Disorders

Types of Sleep Disorders

People with sleep disorders find comprehensive, compassionate care from the experts at OakLeaf Clinics Sleep Disorders Center. Our professional sleep technicians work closely with physicians who are board certified in sleep, pulmonary, critical care, and internal medicine. Together, we find solutions for people suffering from sleep disorders, such as:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when an individual stops breathing momentarily, awakens, and gasps for air during sleep. For some patients, this process happens more than 100 times an hour. Common symptoms include loud snoring, morning headaches, trouble concentrating, or extreme daytime tiredness.


Affecting more than 60 million Americans, chronic sleeplessness- the inability to fall or stay asleep- is a common condition contributing to severe daytime sleepiness. Insomnia increases a patient's risk for accidents and limits the ability to concentrate.

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Occurring after periods of physical rest, like sitting or lying down, Restless Leg Syndrome causes patients to experience an uncontrollable creepy, crawly feeling in the legs, particularly in the evening hours. The sensation usually becomes less intense when an individual moves his or her legs.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

Related to restless legs syndrome, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder symptoms include rhythmic movement of the legs and arms during sleep. Examples include the extension of the big toe and the slight flexion of the knees and hips, often causing patients to awaken.


Patients with this condition have the uncontrollable urge to fall asleep, sometimes sleeping more than an hour at a time. Other symptoms may include hallucinations (seeing objects or images that are not present), sleep paralysis (the inability to speak or move when going to sleep or waking up), and cataplexy (muscular weakness or slackening).