Regional Sleep Center

1/13/2016 - Sleep Lab - Waterbury Hospital JAY KENKARE, MD, Medical Director

A Facility dedicated to Sleep Disorders

For more information contact (203) 598-7399.

Waterbury Hospital has a regional center dedicated to sleep disorders that can help you live a better life by getting a better night’s sleep. More than 30 percent of individuals suffer from a sleep-related problem, which may include:

  • SEVERE SNORING. Not just a nuisance, it frequently fragments sleep and causes daytime fatigue. It may indicate more serious problems.
  • SLEEP APNEA. Recurrent interruptions in breathing throughout the night lead to major health consequences. Sleep apnea affects men and women of all ages and weights. Treatment can completely reverse sleep apnea and its daytime effects.
  • RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME. An uncomfortable feeling in the legs, this can make it difficult to sit still in the evening or to get to sleep once in bed. Restless Legs Syndrome may also cause excess movement throughout the night, interrupting the sleep of both the sufferer and bedmate. There is new information about the causes, and new treatments are available.
  • Daytime somnolence, sleep attacks, sudden weakness with strong emotions and restless nights, characterize this problem. It is diagnosed by clinical evaluation and specialized sleep lab testing. Research has led to the development of several new medications that can control this disabling condition. To date, about 50 percent of narcoleptics have not been diagnosed.
  • Poor sleep can be a primary problem, but it may also be caused by many other afflictions including abnormal sleep behavior, Parkinson’s Disease, medical illness, hidden seizures and medications. A clinical evaluation and sleep study may identify the cause and remedy for not being able to achieve a restful night.

Sleep Disorders

A spectrum of health consequences including snoring and insomnia are just the beginning of the story. Sleep disorders can result in a wide range of problems:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Drowsy driving
  • Poor concentration and work performance
  • Loss of memory
  • Worsening of depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Nocturnal urinary frequency
  • Persistent acid reflux
  • Male impotence
  • Menopausal fatigue/mood alterations
  • ADHD in all ages
  • Childhood learning impairments
  • Poor recovery from heart problems
  • Increased risk of coronary artery disease

PAYOR INFORMATION

All major insurance companies, Medicaid, and Medicare now recognize the importance of sleep disorders, and cover most or all of the costs. Since individual plans have their own specific limitations and authorization requirements, patients should be sure to consult their policy for details.

Middlebury Edge
1625 Straits Turnpike
Middlebury, CT 06762
(203) 598-7399