Type of Culminating Activity

Graduate Student Project

Graduation Date


Degree Title

Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Advisor

Theodore McDonald


A sleep disorder is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person, and it is serious enough to affect normal physical, mental, and emotional function. Most sleep disorders can be diagnosed in a sleep center through the use of a common test known as the polysomnogram. The wide need of sleep medicine and the severe shortage of centers and technologists impact our understanding of sleep disorders, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Currently, several health service organizations have started to focus on the need to study the function of sleep, to understand and develop better treatments for many sleep disorders. King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) is one of these organizations as its leaders believe the only option for better health services and quality improvement is to move forward on this plan. The KFMC plan is to start a sleep center to aid patients with sleep disorders and will be used for referrals from other hospitals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.