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Comprehensive Epilepsy Center—Sleep Center

Our experts get to the source of sleep challenges and develop treatments to help you feel rested.

At NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center—Sleep Center, we know that proper sleep is essential for health. We specialize in treating adults with a full range of sleep disorders.

The symptoms of sleep disorders, such as chronic insomnia, snoring, fragmented sleep, and daytime sleepiness, are common and often ignored. However, these symptoms can be associated with serious medical conditions. Obstructive sleep apnea, often indicated by snoring, causes people to stop breathing during sleep. It is associated with hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. Insomnia, if chronic and left untreated, can lead to depression and daytime sleepiness, which contributes to motor vehicle accidents.

The team of professionals at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center—Sleep Center includes board certified sleep specialists, neurologists, and certified sleep technologists. Our specialists have many years of experience treating sleep disorders of all kinds, including narcolepsy, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, and restless legs syndrome. We also treat sleep symptoms related to chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological conditions.

In addition, we are part of NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, one of the leading epilepsy centers in the United States. We use our expertise to help patients with seizures achieve a good quality and quantity of sleep. This, in turn, may help with controlling seizures.

Identifying a Sleep Disorder

The symptoms of sleep disorders are often overlooked as a common result of a hectic lifestyle. But if you find it difficult to stay awake while reading, have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or are easily irritated, these could be signs that you are not getting the quantity and quality of sleep that you need.

Other signs of sleep disorder include the following:

  • struggling to get out of bed in the morning, because you don’t feel rested
  • needing a cup of coffee or a “sugar boost” in the afternoon
  • a reliance on sleeping pills to get a good night’s rest
  • discomfort in your legs that stops you from falling asleep
  • a history of anxiety or depression

Our facility has six patient testing rooms and offers the latest technology for diagnosing sleep disorders in children and adults. We are an accredited center of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which means we meet and exceed the highest patient care standards in the field of sleep medicine.

Because we are leaders in research into sleep disorders, you can be confident you will receive innovative treatment that helps you live a healthy, productive, well-rested life.

Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program

We help children get the sleep they need to be happy, healthy, and successful.

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Our Team

Our team of sleep specialists includes neurologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and experts in caring for patients with epilepsy.

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Our Leadership

  • Alcibiades J. Rodriguez, MD
    Director, Adult Sleep Program | Epilepsy, Neurology, Sleep Medicine

    Dr. Rodriguez is an assistant professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine. He is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, and sleep medicine. His main areas of clinical interest include electroencephalogram, epilepsy, video-EEG monitoring, and sleep disorders. His research focuses on the effect of seizures and epilepsy on sleep. Dr. Rodriguez is vice chair of the Lifelong Development Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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  • Sanjeev Kothare, MD
    Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program | Pediatric Sleep Medicine, Pediatric Epilepsy, Epilepsy, Neurology, Pediatric Neurology

    Dr. Kothare is a professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine. He was chair of the Childhood Sleep Disorders and Development Steering Committee at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of the journals Pediatric Neurology and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Kothare was chair of the Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea Quality Measures Workgroup of the Quality Measures Task Force of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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    Rebecca Scott, PhD
    Sleep Specialist

    Dr. Scott is board certified in sleep disorders medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is one of a small group of clinicians certified in behavioral sleep medicine. She has board certification in nutrition and health coaching from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

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    Christy Day, RPSGT
    Supervisor of Sleep Technology

    Ms. Day supervises the sleep technologists and oversees the technical aspects of NYU Langone’s Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program.