Sleep Disorders Center
Sleep is not an expendable luxury, it is a biological necessity. Lack of sleep or the presence of undiagnosed sleep disorders carry serious health consequences. Ranging from common snoring to serious life-threatening conditions, sleep disorders affect the lives of approximately 40 million Americans (1 in 6). Sleep medicine specializes in diagnosing, evaluating, treating and managing sleep disorders in all age groups.
For over 20 years, Winthrop-University Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center (SDC) has been a recognized leader and pacesetter in the practice of sleep medicine. The highly trained and experienced professional staff includes physicians Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and registered polysomnographic technologists, who utilize the most sophisticated technology to evaluate and monitor adults and children who have difficulties associated with sleep. Conducting sleep studies around the clock, the SDC (which consistently meets the highest standards of the prestigious American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is committed to maintaining quality patient care and is housed in a state-of-the-science facility featuring tranquil, “hotel-style” accommodations that promote comfort and nurture restoration to good health.
About the Sleep Disorders Center
Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center, the first sleep medicine program in Nassau County to be accredited by the AASM in Nassau County (1990), is the longest, continually accredited sleep center on Long Island. It is also the first accredited “paperless” center in the world, with sleep studies digitally recorded and archived.
The superbly trained professional staff is proficient in evaluating and diagnosing sleep difficulties, as well as in designing personalized treatment programs to manage a broad spectrum of sleep disorders, including:
Evaluation & Treatment Approaches
Patient evaluations include a sleep interview, obtaining a detailed medical history and conducting a comprehensive physical examination. Polysomnography (the sleep study) involves recording sleep stages, breathing during sleep and oxygen level, as well as heart and muscle activity. At the Winthrop Sleep Center these in-laboratory polysomnographies are always attended by an onsite registered technician. After the team reviews the findings, an individualized treatment plan is created, including education, behavioral therapy and, if needed, treatment with medications. The SDC also collaborates with experts trained in behavioral medicine and psychotherapy. Depending upon the evaluation and diagnosis, treatment recommendations may include:
- CPAP Therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
- Sleep Hygiene Instruction
- Counseling and Behavioral Therapy
- Surgical Intervention
The SDC offers a highly popular support group for patients with sleep apnea. The support group is run by patient clinician leader and a Board Certified Sleep Medicine physician is present at every meeting, accompanied by a registered polysomnographic technologist. The group is open to all patients with sleep problems, not only those being treated at Winthrop. Patients and their partners are encouraged to share their experiences about living with their conditions and their specific treatments and learn about the latest therapies.
Research & Education
The staff conducts clinical trials of new treatments for several disorders, including insomnia, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy.
In 2005, Winthrop became one of only 24 programs in the country to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for its Sleep Medicine Fellowship, which offers graduate medical education to sleep medicine physicians.