According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. If you – or someone you love – experience excessive snoring, insomnia, extreme daytime sleepiness, or abnormal sleep movements, you could be one of them. Sleep disorders can not only rob you of energy but also have a serious impact on your health and quality of life. Chronic lack of sleep can increase blood pressure, contribute to stress and weight gain, lower your sex drive and affect your judgment, leading to car accidents and poor work performance. It’s also tied to a number of chronic diseases, such as depression, diabetes, congestive heart failure and stroke.
If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, talk to your doctor and ask to be referred to the Sleep Disorders Center of Northern New York. Most sleep disorders can be treated effectively so you can be more alert and energetic throughout your day.
Located within Samaritan Medical Center, the Sleep Disorders Center of Northern New York specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep-related disorders. Overnight sleep studies are offered seven nights a week, with staffing provided by Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGTs) whose combined experience totals more than 50 years. Our Medical Director is Board-certified sleep specialist Dr. David Rechlin.
It’s important to note that the unit is a Sleep Center and not a sleep lab like many other area facilities. The difference is simple but important. While a sleep center provides testing and treatment for all sleep disorders (there are currently more than 80 recognized types), a sleep lab offers testing and treatment for only breathing disorders such as sleep apnea.
The Sleep Disorders Center of Northern New York is also one of just two American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accredited sleep centers between Syracuse and Plattsburgh, meeting or exceeding national standards in areas such as testing procedures, patient safety, and staff training. The Sleep Center provides a cozy, quiet atmosphere with many of the comforts of home. Each private room is equipped with a queen-sized bed, television and other amenities.
Samaritan Medical Center
3rd floor - use Pratt Elevator (C)
830 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601
In addition to full in-lab service, the Sleep Disorders Center of Northern New York offers the possibility of Home Sleep Testing (HST) for some patients. HST is a reliable, fast and easy first step in diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea. It allows the patient to use home testing equipment provided by the Sleep Center after receiving thorough instruction from one of Samaritan’s registered technologists. The patient applies the sensors as instructed prior to going to sleep and the following morning returns the equipment to the Sleep Center for analysis. Your physician can determine if HST is an option for you.
The Sleep Disorders Center is the only facility in the area to offer pediatric sleep testing. Dr. Anna Melynne Youngblood is trained and certified to interpret pediatric sleep tests, allowing the Sleep Center to accept patients as young as 8 years old. Sleep disorders in children and adolescents can seriously affect their health, school performance and behavior. Pediatric sleep disorders can also complicate other medical conditions, such as epilepsy, autism, asthma, and neuromuscular disorders.
• Insomnia – not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep
• Irregular Sleeping Patterns – difficulty in finding an appropriate sleep/wake schedule
• Narcolepsy – a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary sleep attacks at inappropriate times, such as falling asleep at your desk or during a business meeting
• Restless Leg Syndrome - a neurological movement disorder characterized by an uncomfortable sensation in the legs that occurs most frequently late in the day or at night, especially when laying down
• Sleep Apnea - temporary interruptions of breathing, on and off all night; often accompanied by daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, irritability, and heavy snoring
Sleep problems also include a variety of more common disorders such as recurring nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep-talking, bedwetting, and teeth grinding
During your first visit to the Center, you will be seen by a physician who specializes in Sleep Disorders Medicine. This physician will take your medical history, review your symptoms and complaints, and decide which diagnostic tests are required.
Following your initial visit and evaluation, a polysomnogram (sleep test) may be recommended. The test is typically performed overnight and helps to pinpoint the cause of sleep problems and plan treatment. A polysomnogram is a non-invasive test that uses electrical sensors and computerized technology to monitor brain activity, eye movements, heart rhythm, breathing effort, muscle activities, and oxygen levels in the blood. These painless sensors are applied temporarily to the skin with cotton.
The Sleep Disorders Center has almost all of the comforts of home. Rooms are private and "hotel-like." They are equipped with a television, queen-size bed, and other amenities. The staff is friendly and helpful. They will provide you with full, easy-to-understand explanations of all the testing procedures.
Most healthcare insurance plans provide coverage for all or part of sleep testing and treatments for sleep disorders. However, coverage and policies can change frequently. Please be sure to check with your insurance company prior to making an appointment.
It is recommended that you first see your family doctor who will arrange a consultation and evaluation with the Center's Medical Director. A full report will be sent to your doctor following evaluation and required testing.