Center for Sleep Disorders
Trouble sleeping can be brought on by both lung and neurological disorders. To address this concern, NYM has brought together specialists from many disciplines to evaluate, diagnose and treat sleep disorders in adults and children.
Obstructive sleep apnea
Behavior sleep problems in children
Excessive daytime sleepiness
REM behavior disorder
Restless leg syndrome
Help for Insomnia
Often brought on by stress, depression or anxiety, insomnia is most commonly found in women, the elderly, and people with other chronic health problems. To address the needs of those suffering from insomnia, specialists from New York Methodist Hospital’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the Center for Sleep Disorders established an insomnia clinic specifically designed to support and treat patients with this chronic sleep disorder.
Physicians associated with the insomnia clinic use a focused, cognitive behavioral therapy approach to treating insomnia. Cognitive behavior therapy is a treatment method that combines changing an individual’s attitudes, beliefs and assumptions about sleep while helping him or her to understand how to implement new behavioral patterns or habits to improve their sleep.
Individuals have the greatest success after one or two meetings because they begin to identify and understand the root of their problem. Physicians usually meet from six to eight times with an individual patient. After each meeting, the individual can go home and try out the recommended nighttime habits. Call NYM’s faculty practice office at 718-246-8600 for an appointment. A physician referral is required.
Do You Have a Sleep Disorder?
We've come up with some simple questions designed to alert you to problems which may be the result of sleep disorders. Take a moment to fill out the questionnaire and see whether or not you may have a sleep disorder. Note that this questionnaire is for educational purposes only.
Find a Restful Night at the NYM Center for Sleep Disorders
The Center for Sleep Disorders at New York Methodist is the only Hospital-based sleep center in Brooklyn to receive accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Your doctor can refer you or you can simply call the Center for Sleep Disorders to schedule an appointment. Before your first consultation, you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire related to your sleep disorder symptoms.
Our team of experienced sleep-wake disorder specialists will review your medical history and the medical questionnaire. After this inital evaluation, we will determine whether a sleep study may help diagnose or treat your problem.
The Sleep Study
When a sleep study is indicated, you will spend one or two nights in a motel-like room located within the Hospital. You may continue your normal daytime activities; your study takes place only at night. During the study, your brain patterns, heart activity, breathing, and muscle movement during sleep will be monitored. The study is painless; a sleep technician is nearby throughout the evening.
If a sleep disorder is diagnosed, appropriate treatment - ranging from medication to nighttime breathing masks - may reduce or eliminate symptoms of not only the sleep disorder, but also the lung condition associated with it.
For more information, call 718.780.3017.