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Mind and Spirit – Stronger When the Body Can Get Some Sleep

For almost a decade, Lucille Rosen of Hicksville suffered from excessive daytime fatigue and snoring so severe that it would often wake her up every hour throughout the night.

But much needed rest was something Ms. Rosen couldn’t do without. A licensed clinical social worker with a PhD in Spiritual Counseling, Ms. Rosen has dedicated her career to helping others – serving as a counselor, therapist and interfaith minister. So when one of her patients gave a glowing recommendation of Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center, Ms. Rosen didn’t delay – she immediately made an appointment.

A nationally accredited program with more than 20 years of experience in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center is a recognized leader and pacesetter in the practice of Sleep Medicine. The Center’s highly trained and experienced staff includes physicians Board certified in Sleep Medicine and registered polysomnographic technologists, who are experts in evaluating and diagnosing the full range of sleep disorders in both children and adults.

“Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center has been continuously accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 1990 and takes great pride in providing outstanding care to patients of all ages,” said Michael Weinstein, MD, FAASM, Director of Winthrop’s Sleep Disorder Center. “Sleep disorders are common in men and women of all ages but become increasingly prevalent with the passage of time; unfortunately, many individuals with sleep disorders don’t seek treatment and remain undiagnosed and untreated.”

Upon an initial evaluation by Dr. Weinstein, an overnight sleep study (polysomnogram) – which monitors a variety of body processes during sleep – revealed that Ms. Rosen was suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

“OSA is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts,” said Dr. Weinstein.

To obtain relief, Dr. Weinstein recommended a solution called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) – a machine that delivers air pressure through a mask that is placed over the nose during sleep. With CPAP, air pressure becomes greater than that of the surrounding air, opening a patient’s upper airway passages and preventing apnea and snoring.

“Getting a CPAP was a life changing experience,” said Ms. Rosen. “I rely on that machine!”

Recently, when some new sleep disturbances surfaced, Ms. Rosen returned to the Sleep Disorders Center. Dr. Weinstein recommended a followup sleep study in the Center’s new state-of-the-art facility in the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, located at 1300 Franklin Avenue in Garden City.

Among the highlights of the new Sleep Disorders Center are eight tranquil “hotel-style” accommodations – each equipped with a private, handicapped- accessible bathroom and shower; flat-screen television with cable TV and DVD player; and individually controlled heat and air conditioning. The Sleep Disorders Center also boasts pediatric-friendly accommodations and a shared lounge, including a kitchenette with refreshments for patients and families.

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Lucille Rosen meets with Michael Weinstein, MD, Director of Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center.
“The new facility is just beautiful! It’s like an elegant boutique hotel, complete with a coffee bar!” said Ms. Rosen.

Pleased with the comprehensive care she’s consistently received at Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center, Ms. Rosen worked with the Center’s expert team, including Claude Albertario, RPSGT, Associate Director of the Sleep Disorders Center, to make some adjustments to her treatment regimen. With the Center’s help, Ms. Rosen’s needs were carefully addressed and a new CPAP device has made all the difference.

“I’m flying high!” said Ms. Rosen recently. “I can’t praise the Center enough for all they’ve done. They are kind and extremely knowledgeable, and thanks to their attentiveness, I can have a fabulous night’s sleep once again!”

Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center is committed to helping individuals suffering from a range of disorders related to sleep. The Center’s team will work with patients to arrange a sleep study that is most convenient; daytime sleep studies are available for patients who work at night to allow testing at the time of day when patients would usually sleep.

For more information about Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center, call 1-866-WINTHROP.
Vol. 20, No. 2
Summer/Fall 2010

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