Center For Sleep Medicine
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We all deserve a good night’s sleep. Stamford Health's Center for Sleep Medicine, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, is here to help with your sleep disorder.
Each of our six rooms are set up like hotels, with a bed, private bathroom, large recliner chair and flat-screen TV (with DVD player) to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Some rooms have adjustable beds upon request. In addition, the rooms are large enough to allow a caregiver or parent to spend the night in the room with you.
We can treat patients of all ages and sizes, with furniture and equipment that can accommodate babies, adults or the elderly, whether they are average size or bariatric patients.
Our staff includes three physicians board certified in sleep medicine with added expertise in pediatric sleep medicine. The team also includes three board certified pulmonologists with expertise in sleep apnea, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner, and a nurse all trained in sleep medicine.
Some treatments for sleep disorders require assistance from other medical specialties. You may need an orthodontic appliance, surgery or cognitive therapy. In order to provide the best care for you, the Sleep Center works very closely with highly trained specialists in the fields of neurology, psychiatry, psychology, dentistry, orthodontics, complementary medicine, and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat).
What sleep disorders do we commonly treat?
Idiopathic hypersomnia: Severe daytime sleepiness without the other symptoms often seen in narcolespy.
Insomnia: Great difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Treatment usually consists of behavioral modification. Medication can also be very effective.
Narcolepsy: Significant daytime sleepiness, and possible episodes of sudden weakness in the body during emotional moments, hallucinations associated with falling asleep or waking up, and the feeling of being unable to move when waking up. It is easily treated by a combination of medications.
Phase delay: Difficulty falling asleep at night and waking in the morning. This situation is treated with behavioral modification in combination with light therapy.
Restless legs syndrome: Characterized by frequent discomfort in the limbs. This sensation often makes going to bed or sitting for a long period of time very difficult. Medications are very effective at treating the disorder.
Sleep Apnea: This disorder is characterized by repetitive episodes of blockage of the throat that occur during sleep. Approximately three percent of children and more than 10 percent of adults have sleep-disordered breathing. But fortunately, we can diagnose sleep apnea with an overnight sleep study.
The first line of treatment for the vast majority of apnea patients is the use of a PAP (positive airway pressure) device. Treatment can also consist of a nasal mask, oral appliance, weight loss, a positional device, special stickers on your nose, and in some cases, minor surgery.
The CPAP management program is held by appointment and consists of a half-hour session with a respiratory therapist who will work one-on-one with you. Your therapist will desensitize you to the pressures of the machine, perform mask fittings, educate you on proper usage and cleaning, or any other concerns you may have.
- Sleep onset association disorder (pediatric): A baby is unable to fall asleep alone. Behavioral treatment is usually very effective.
- Limit setting sleep disorder (pediatric): Children constantly refuse or stall going to bed. Behavioral treatment is usually very effective.
What are some symptoms of sleep disorders?
You should consider a consultation with our team if you or your children show the following symptoms:
- “Acting out” dreams
- Significant motion during sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty sleeping through the night
- Not feeling refreshed after sleep
- Short periods at night in which they stop breathing
- Snoring every night
What conditions or situations are associated with sleep disorders?
- Blood clots
- Heart conditions (heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, heart failure)
- High blood pressure
- Higher death rate
- Marital stress
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Poor performance in school or at work
- Sexual dysfunction
What is a sleep study like?
During a sleep study, the technologist constantly monitors you via both audio and video. You’ll feel relaxed and soothed in our study rooms, set up very much like a hotel room. Our technologists will fit you with state-of-the-art equipment to monitor you while you sleep. We’ll take the time to explain our process, and how the equipment we use measures:
- Blood oxygen levels
- Brain activity
- Eye movement
- Heart activity
- Muscle activity
- Respiratory airflow and effort
- The effect your sleep position has on all of the above
How does a home sleep study work?
Home sleep studies can only be used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In a home sleep study, we give you a device called a polysomnogram during a clinic visit and a sleep technologist will tell you how to put the device on and operate it. These studies should be part of a comprehensive sleep evaluation, and are only appropriate if the following applies to you:
- A high pre-test probability of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea
- No significant comorbid medical conditions such as pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure or neuromuscular disease
- No suspected comorbid sleep disorder in addition to obstructive sleep apnea
We can also provide the following devices to detect sleep disorders:
- Adaptive servoventilation (ASV) devices
- Bi-level PAP devices
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices
- Multiple sleep latency tests (daytime study to assess sleepiness)
- Multiple wake tests
- Overnight therapy
- Supplemental oxygen therapy