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Dr. Barry Krakow has been named as the top Sleep Medicine Doctor in Albuquerque. 

Albuquerque the Magazine has released their 15th Annual TopDocs issue. 


Dr. Barry Krakow is one of the most well respect­ed and liked sleep doctors in the city for good reason. He’s extremely knowledgeable, and he makes sure he stays that way by keeping up on all of the newest technologies in this quickly evolving field. But he also helps patients deal with every sleep related issue they might have, from sleep apnea, to headaches, to nightmares. 

 Susan M. Smith, a longtime patient of Dr. Krakow’s says:

 "It was approximately 10 years ago that I had a consultation with Dr. Krakow. I was very nervous meeting with him. He sched­uled a sleep study for me and his staff helped me set it up. Since then, I have been to several additional sleep studies.


Dr. Krakow took the time to help me understand why I had problems sleeping at night and had sleep apnea. He also helped me learn why I had bad headaches every morning. It turns out that my oxygen was low at night and Dr. Krakow quickly put me on three liters of oxygen at night. He ordered a C-Pap machine and still helps me get new and updated C-Pap machines.


Dr. Krakow was instrumental in helping me deal with my con­stant nightmares. He provided films and books that include infor­mation to help with my condition. This alone has been a big help.


Also, I am very claustrophobic and had a lot of concerns about wearing a mask [the C-Pap machine]. But he was able to help me feel at ease. He helped me with my anxieties with some of these films he had me watch.


Dr. Krakow and his staff were always available to answer my questions and concerns. I was always treated well and in a profes­sional manner. When there was any new technology on C-Pap ma­chines I was always on their list to get new technology. I always felt that my wellbeing was Dr. Krakow's top concern. All these things have had a profound effect on my quality of life. I will always be so grateful to Dr. Krakow and his staff."



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Spooky dreams may be just what the doctor ordered

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by Jon Stock - Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

11/4/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Ghoulish figures, demonic clowns, man-eating zombies and vampires. There was enough frightening stuff out there this Halloween that even the most fearless may have been spooked this year. So which of these nightmares are still keeping you up at night?

For some individuals out there, Halloween was not their only nightmare of the year. As many as 25 percent of the adult population will wake up after an intense and fearful vision brings them out of their rest. In fact, almost three percent of adults were reported to have nightmares frequently to always, based on the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-IV-TR."

Paving the Way to Optimal Titrations

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by Barry Krakow, MD
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The PAP-NAP: A Titration by Any Other Name

The PAP-NAP, a daytime desensitization and mini-titration procedure to help patients adapt to positive airway pressure therapy (PAP-T), has drawn much interest from the sleep medicine profession. Many sleep professionals have contacted Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences with questions about the procedure. These inquiries unexpectedly led to discussions about several problematic sleep lab practices, which from our perspective pointed to missed opportunities to optimize PAP-T adherence and outcomes.

What a nightmare! | Psychology Today

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Whatever the physiologic causes of nightmares people have discovered, and scientists such as Barry Krakow have confirmed that taking a scary image from the nightmare and then performing exercises that de-sensitize oneself to the image seem to help with the distress that occurs with nightmares.


Check It Out: So you can get to sleep - Daily Pilot

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"Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: 7 Keys to Sleeping through the Night" by Barry Krakow: Renowned sleep specialist, Dr. Barry Krakow, shares his expertise in how to identify and treat the root causes of sleep disturbances. His seven-step program utilizes both a natural and high-tech mind-body approach to target the mental, emotional, and physical factors that interrupt sleep.


An Interview with Barry Krakow, M.D., on PTSD and Sleep - Sleep Disorders

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Initially trained as an internist and emergency room physician, Dr. Krakow's interest in treatment of sleep disturbances developed after he pursued an interest in medication side effects related to sleep problems. He has since become a sleep researcher, and runs a sleep clinic in Albuquerque, NM specialized in the treatment of sleep problems co-occurring with PTSD and other psychiatric disorders. Though PTSD is associated with nightmares, successful treatment of these nightmares does not necessarily improve sleep. Instead, PTSD (particularly long-term PTSD) often co-occurs with independently diagnosable and treatable sleep disorders including insomnia and apnea. His research suggests that many chronic insomnia patients also have undiagnosed apnea like conditions they are not aware of. He frequently prescribes an imagery technique for treatment of nightmares called Imagery Rehearsal Therapy or IRT.