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Sleep Disorder Program

The Sleep Disorder Lab  at the USC School of Medicine is operated by the Pulmonary Division of the Department of Medicine and has been established to help properly diagnose the causes of sleep problems, which can manifest as too much or too little sleep. Details on the Sleep Disorder lab can be found here.

Sleep Disorders and Symptoms:
A variety of sleep disorders can be treated at the  USC Neurology Clinic in collaboration with the Sleep Disorder lab. Following are some of the disorders our staff can treat and a list of their symptoms:

Sleep Apnea: Breathing stops repeatedly during sleep, may have snoring, snorting or gasping for breath while asleep.

Insomnia: Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Waking earlier than you would like.

Narcolepsy: Unable to stay awake despite a good night's sleep. May have vivid nightmares, experience sudden weakness when emotionally charged and momentary paralysis while falling asleep or waking.

Restless Legs/Nocturnal Myoclonus: Can't keep legs still no matter how hard you try, as well as a crawling sensation of the legs. Legs thrash or move while asleep.

Parasomnias: Sleepwalking, night terrors, severe nightmares, and bed-wetting.

Depending on the nature of the sleep disorder, you may need to undergo a sleep study. A sleep study is a painless recording procedure used to monitor and assess sleep patterns, breathing, heart activity, muscle activity, and snoring during sleep. This test is merely a recording of what you go through every night while asleep.