United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Sleep Center to open at Brooklyn Campus
September 20, 2010

VA’s Brooklyn Campus offers comprehensive services at new Sleep Center: Diagnosis and treatment available to Veterans for all types of sleeping problems

Brooklyn, NY- VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn campus, will officially open its state-of-the-art Sleep Center on Monday, September 27 at 10 AM.

Veterans of all ages can now be diagnosed and treated at VA for a wide variety of sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, central sleep apnea syndromes, narcolepsy, as well as sleep problems associated with traumatic brain injury.

“The Sleep Center includes a four-bed, state-of-the-art sleep laboratory that will provide advanced diagnostic sleep studies and therapies such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP),” said Sleep Center Director Shawn Knapik, MD. In addition, the Sleep Center will conduct home sleep studies for sleep apnea testing. “Once sleep problems are diagnosed accurately, our main focus is on follow up and treatment for patients so that we ensure they are getting better - our model is comprehensive care,” said Dr. Knapik.

Having poor sleep quality is more than just feeling tired. A lack of sleep can lead to other health problems, productivity problems at work, and accidents. The results of poor sleep quality can leave the patient feeling un-refreshed after sleep and tired during the day. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness, which often goes undiagnosed. Doctors can readily suspect the condition during routine office visits and when combined with sleep testing, the diagnosis can be proven. Also, there are no blood tests for the condition. In fact, most people who have sleep apnea don't know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. “The patient’s quality of life can improve so much from an effective treatment plan,” said Michael Cutaia, MD, Chief of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the Brooklyn Campus.

Both Dr. Cutaia and Dr. Knapik are enthusiastic about the potential of the new Sleep Center to help their Veteran patients and contribute to clinical research projects.